I’ve posted about my visit to Newark Air Museum last month here on the blog already, but those posts were mostly about the problems I’d encountered with my large format camera. Thankfully, I also had a second camera with me on the day – my trusty Canon Sure Shot Supreme – and it managed to do a sterling job making pictures, some of which I’ll be posting here in the coming days.
Aircraft – in a similar fashion to cars, trains, and steam engines – are not something that I have an inherent interest in. I mean, they are interesting, and certainly in many cases, impressive, but my primary reason for seeking them out is that they make great subjects for photographs. So a trip to an air museum is not that dissimilar to a trip to a classic car show, or a steam rally in that regard – primarily for making pictures, with some secondary general interest thrown in for good measure.
Today I have a couple of photographs of MIG aircraft – a 23ML and a 27K – both of which went under the NATO designation of “Flogger”.
Having seen trains move through busy stations, and felt their thunderous mass rumbling pass through the platforms, I have to say that the “Keep off the track” warning sign seems somewhat superfluous. But that’s me. I’ve also witnessed people doing all manner of foolhardy things, so maybe the sign serves as a warning to those who might have forgotten themselves momentarily. I doubt, however, it will have much effect on those who believe themselves to be above such warnings
Also known as Thorpe Salvin Old Hall I believe, this ruin is all that remains of the 16th century manor house (which itself was built on the site of an earlier manor house that was the home of Sir Bryan Sandford, who was a knight who fought for Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485).
Unfortunately, the Grade II listed structure sits on private land and it’s not possible for members of the public to get any closer than this vantage point.
Another new building project takes shape on Paternoster Row, near Sheffield Midland railway station. I don’t know what this will be, but I won’t be surprised to discover that it’s something else to do with the university.
I was supposed to have been taking a trip to the capital tomorrow to visit this year’s Photo London event but, sadly, due to industrial action on the part of railway staff – something not helped by the rail companies and the government’s lack of progress (or indeed, it would seem, desire) in working with the unions to bring it to a satisfactory resolution – I’ve had to cancel my day out.
There are still trains running tomorrow, but the service is reduced and may be subject to disruptions. The train I’d planned on taking that would have gotten me there nice and early has been cancelled, and the first train available would mean me arriving at the venue after it had already opened at 12:00. As the return trains are going to be similarly disrupted, with the last train at around 17:30 IIRC, it would mean I would be spending more time travelling than actually being at the event, along with the stress of feeling rushed and the disappointment of the day not being as I’d planned.
I’ve been able to get a refund on my rail journey, thankfully, but the tickets to Photo London are frustratingly non-refundable or transferrable, so I can’t even pass them on to someone else who might have been able to attend.
At least I can sleep in later in the morning now. Not much of a silver lining, but hey, I’ll take what I can.
The photo below seems apt. It is a couple of photo-booths I photographed on my last visit to a photo exhibition (Photo North, which seems fitting). To add a further connection to what I’ve written above, they are in a railway station.
There’s an amazing richness to be had photographing blue skies on colour reversal film. Just look at those lapis tones in the sky above Hooton Pagnel church in this picture. There’s a tad of vignetting added by the Sure Shot Supreme’s lens which adds some even deeper tones to the corners.
Three more shots here that I took on my walk in the snow (which, somewhat incredibly, was a full two months back now!).
I had my Canon Sure Shot Supreme in my pocket on the day and, while my main camera for the walk was the Bronica ETRSi, I took a handful of pictures with the compact too.
I think they’ve come out remarkably well given the fact that a) the roll of film might have been around twenty-years expired, b) the camera and it’s automatic metering system dates back to the 1980s, and c) snow can be difficult to meter for regardless of the meter, with cameras having a tendency to underexpose the stuff.
So, overall, these look pretty good to my eye. The snow is bright and white, but still retains detail.
I was going to write a longer post today but, after returning from a lovely four day trip with my wife, including around eight hours of travelling today, my computer has decided that now would be the prefect time to start throwing glitches at me. And I can’t be bothered to sort it out right now. I’m too tired, and I don’t want the residual sense of happiness from the trip to be ruined by trying to sort out technical problems.
So here’s a picture of a window with some red and white seats inside.