Autumn crunch

In the glasshouse at Clumber Park, there were lots of selections of autumn produce from the gardens on display. I though the colours came out particularly nicely on this shot of some apples.

FILM - Autumn crunch

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.

Taken on 17 October 2017

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Autumn fayre

I spotted this wheelbarrow full of various squashes the other day at Clumber Park. The light in the glasshouse was lovely too.

FILM - Autumn fayre

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.

Taken on 17 October 2017

All manner of stuff

I saw this table covered in a variety of interesting subject matter at Brodsworth Hall at the weekend. Apart from a few obvious candidates, I have no idea what many of the things actually are, or their purpose.

FILM - It happens here in this house

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.

Taken on 15 October 2017

Lacking in autumn colour

I’ve been out on a couple of days recently, camera loaded with slide film, in the hopes of getting some nice autumnal scenes. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be all that much autumn colour around at present. There are a few trees ablaze with vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red, but on the whole they’re either still green or have already lost their leaves completely. Maybe I just need to wait another week or two.

Anyway, here’s a ‘bit’ of autumn colour.

FILM - Chestnut leaf

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.

Taken on 15 October 2017

Fishing on the Wharf

I went to the Boston Spa camera fair at the weekend (where I bought a Zeiss Ikon medium format folder – which needs a small bellows repair before I can use it, and a Zuiko 135mm f/3.5 lens for my OM-1). I took the Nikon F70 with me and a roll of Agfa CT Precisa to shoot. I chose the Nikon as it’s in-built metering is far superior to any other 35mm camera I own, and I wanter to try and make the most of what was my very first roll f slide film. I shot a few frames at Boston Spa, then a bunch more when I stopped off at Brodsworth Hall on the way home. The remaining frames were shot on a day off yesterday at Clumber Park.

My initial findings are that:

  • Seeing a set of slides that you took for the first time is a magical experience.
  • Slide film really DOES have a lot less latitude when it comes to shadows and highlights (although none of my shots suffered too badly as a result)
  • My usual basic processing techniques in Lightroom don’t transfer from reversal to positive film (not without some tweaks, anyway)
  • The shots taken with my 50mm prime are superior to the ones with the 28-80mm zoom.

Overall though, despite my hit rate not being quite what I usually get (although I might’ve been rushing the roll a bit), I’m pretty happy with the results, and there are one or two lovely picturs (by my standards, at least) amongst the rest.

The shot here isn’t one of the best (although I do really like the composition, with the angler at bottom left), but it’s the only one I’ve uploaded to Flickr so far.

I’ll definitely be shooting more slide film at some point though.

FILM - River Wharf fishing

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.

Taken on 15 October 2017

A crane over Camden

We managed to catch some nice weather on our trip to Camden last month. On the first day, at least – the Sunday was a little grim and overcast.

FILM - A crane over Camden

Pentax P30T, Rikenon 50mm f/2 & Kodak Portra 160.

Taken on 9 September 2017

Glowing Japanese design

This glowing head was in a display case in Manchester Art Gallery as part of a wider display of Japanese design that was being exhibited when I visited earlier this year (not to see the Japanese design stuff, but to visit the Strange and Familiar photo exhibition).

FILM - Portrait of a glowing head

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Adox Silvermax.

Taken in March 2017