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Car-park abstact

I’ve titled this post “Car-park abstract”, but is it really abstract, or just a photograph of a car-park. Moments after entering the title I decided to search online for abstract photography and, if I’m honest, judging by the results it’s perhaps on the very edge of what might be classed abstract.

A lot of the results were either close-ups of objects that are still easily recognisable, close-ups that require a little more thought in a “can you tell what it is?” type fashion, identifiable objects placed or lit in an unusual way, objects reduced to collections of primary colours, shades, or shapes by composition, or just images of random patterns.

I guess my car-park photo probably needs a bit more work to truly fit into the abstract realm but, hey, it got me a blog post when five minutes ago I had no idea what I was going to write.

I’m losing focus
Drifting into the abstract
I paraphrase NIN

Car park

Olympus XA3 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 29 May 2021

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Sunlight on a closet door

It’s going to be one of those “Single Image” days today which, in my case, means I’m tired after being at work all week and don’t want to write much. 🙂

So here are some shafts of evening sunlight falling on the closet door.

Sunlight on the closet door

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Ilford Delta 400. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8 mins @ 20°.

Taken on 19 April 2020

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Drifting further into the abstract

As it’s a public holiday here in the UK on Monday (Spring Bank Holiday or, as it used to be known when I was a kid, Whitsuntide) I decided to extend the weekend futher and book today off work as well. As my wife is currently nursing an injury, my morning consisted of doing the weekly grocery shop and then, when I got home, helping with the housework. Not quite what I’d hoped for when I booked the day’s leave. Still, being positive, at least those chores are now done and I can spend the next three days doing mostly what I please.

The trip to the supermarket was a little stressful – while I’ve been in the local Sainsbury’s store on several occasions since the lockdown and social-distancing measures were enforced, this was my first trip to Morrison’s. Perhaps because the aisles are less spacious in Morrison’s, and perhaps because they were allowing more shoppers in at a time, the place felt crowded – certainly in comparison with my experiences at Sainsbury’s. There was little hope of maintaining a constant two-metre distance anywhere other than the queue for the checkouts (or the queue to get in). A good number of people didn’t seem to care anyway and I caught myself holding my breath on more than one occasion in some sort of futile attempt to ward off viruses! In the end, a task that takes my wife an hour (even under current conditions) took me almost two, and I was duly chided for it when I got home.

After unpacking the shopping, it was onto the housework – although there wasn’t too much to be done, thankfully. Once complete, I had some lunch and then undertook a couple of photography chores. I have a roll of HP5+ that needs to be developed, so I loaded that into the tank ready to dev it tomorrow. All went well getting it onto the spiral, but the bit of tape that holds the film to the backing paper evaded my fingers and stuck itself to the film. Whether this was on a section of exposed emulsion, I’m not sure, but I’m bracing myself for at least one knackered negative. After this, I scanned a roll of Fomapan 100 that I developed last weekend. This is the first roll of Foma that I’ve home devved in the Ilfotol DD-X so I was curious as to the results, and I’m pleased to see that they look good. I like Fomapan 100 and I’m glad the DD-X does it justice. It’ll be a while before any of those see the light of the blog though as I’ve got a bunch of other stuff I’ve already scanned but not yet published.

Today’s photo is another shot from the expired roll of Lloyds Pharmacy 200 shot over Easter. It’s another abstract, this time of a ridged golden vase that holds a bunch of artificial flowers.

Bands of gold

Nikon F80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS HSM & Lloyds Pharmacy 200 (expired 2008).

Taken on 11 April 2020

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Kinda drifting into the abstract

Another photograph shot over the Easter weekend, something a little abstract. We have an insect screen that we fit over the back door when we leave it open. The last one, which had plastic beads on threads, became tangled and had to be thrown away, but the new one is made of plastic ribbons. The slightest of breezes sends it fluttering about (usually resulting in a large gap that allows insects past!), and I liked the look of it as it blew about just beyond the frosted glass of the back door.

I’m quite happy with the colours I’ve gotten from this roll of expired film. A few outdoors shots are showing marked grain in shadow areas, but most have come out fine, including this one. I believe the film is re-branded Ferrania Solaris.

Visualising a breeze

Nikon F80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS HSM & Lloyds Pharmacy 200 (expired 2008).

Taken on 11 April 2020

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Little fluffy clouds

This art installation of folded cloth lattices resides in the stairwell of Sheffield Central Library. I’m not sure how long it’s been there, but I took more photos of it a couple of years ago. They remind me of clouds when viewed from the side.

FILM - And the skies always had little fluffy clouds

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Kodak Tri-X

Taken on 10 March 2018

The older shots are below.

FILM - Rising or falling?

FILM - Rising or falling?

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Tri-X

Taken late autumn 2016