Almost distinguished again

It’ll be the 2017 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in a few weeks’ time, so here are a few pics from last year’s event in Sheffield. This was the second outing from my (then) recently acquired Olympus 35 RC.

FILM - Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2016-8

FILM - Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2016-7

FILM - Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2016-5

FILM - Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2016-2

FILM - Steampunk Headgear

FILM - Bliss

FILM - Mint

All shots: Olympus 35 RC & Kentmere 400 film.

Taken: 25 September 2016


Earlier this year I bought three compact 35mm cameras for a couple of quid each at a camera fair. One of them was the Konica Pop with which I took the photos in today’s post.

The Pop is a pretty bare-bones machine. Essentially the only options you have are altering the film speed setting and deciding whether to manually use flash (it fires automatically if there’s low light, popping up from the top of the camera, hence – I suppose – the name). Mine, however, doesn’t do this as there were a couple of badly corroded batteries in it when I bought it and the electrics no-longer work.

However, after a bit of research, I discovered that it’s possible to shoot it manually using Sunny 16 type guidelines. The camera has a fixed 1/125sec shutter speed, and the lens is fixed focus (at 2.8 metres). The aperture though can be controlled by an odd combination of the film ASA setting and whether the flash is set in it’s up or down position and provides a decent set of apertures to use:

ASA 400 & Flash Down = f/16
ASA 200 & Flash Down = f/11
ASA 100 & Flash Down = f/8
ASA 200 & Flash Up = f/5.6
ASA 100 & Flash Up = f/4

It’s a bit ‘Heath Robinson’, but it works. Based on this, I decided to run a roll of film through it to see what I results I might get. Now, some of the shots were a little underexposed based on my misjudging the light, but on the whole they weren’t too bad, with the Hexanon f/4 lens being pretty decent.

So today’s post features a small selection of the better shots. All were shot on Agfa Vista Plus 200 film, a few of which I converted to black and white in Lightroom. I’ll get around to re-scanning them at some point and hopefully squeeze a bit of extra detail out of the negatives.

FILM - Moo

FILM - Baa

FILM - Curves

FILM - Incoming

FILM - Not for the likes of me

FILM - About to leave for Leeds

FILM - Picadilly

FILM - Discussion

FILM - Awaiting departure

Of all of these, I think the shot of the curved building, and the bottom shot of the people on the railway platforms are my favourites.

Looking at it from different points of view

A couple of photos taken earlier this year when I had to attend a course in Manchester. As I had a little time each morning after getting off the train, I would wander the streets and take a few pictures with the camera I had with me (an Olympus Superzoom 105 G compact in this case). These are both of the same street, but from the opposite ends.

FILM - Backwhacks

Olympus Superzoom 105 G, Fomapan 100

FILM - Backwhacks

Olympus Superzoom 105 G, Fomapan 100


Lines and curves

Well, this morning’s issue with linked Flickr images seems to have magically resolved itself, so here’s a bonus post to make up for the disruption!

The front end of some vintage car or other (I neglected to take note of what it was and don’t have enough here to ID it). Taken at the Classics on The Moor car rally in Sheffield.

This outing was my first time shooting Ilford Delta 100 and I’m very happy with the results. Very clean and contrasty.


FILM - Lines and curves

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, Ilford Delta 100

Date taken: 6 August 2017

Signs of invasion

Between Solly Street and Scotland Street, Sheffield.

This small UFO was sighted on a lamppost in an alley joining the two roads. I’m a bit of a sucker for shallow depth of field shots.


FILM - Signs of invasion

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, Ilford HP5+

Taken: 23 July 2017

Some more from the steam rally…

As my slovenly updating of the blog continues, I thought I’d just drop in a bunch of photos to keep it alive!

These were taken back in June at the Sheffield Steam Rally ay North Anston. I’ve already posted the shots of the traction engines, but there were also some classic cars that I photographed, plus a few random shots. These were shot with my OM-1 with the F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 on Fomapan 100. I like the Fomapan, it’s a little grimy in my experience, sometimes having little back soot-like flecks on the negatives, but the results are pretty nice.

FILM - F-Bomb

FILM - Rover 60

FILM - What's inside-

FILM - Askance

FILM - Dodge

FILM - Lady Pamela

FILM - 66 Continental

FILM - Churns

FILM - The way we used to talk

FILM - More music for the masses

Sheffield Steam Rally

On Sunday 25 June I attended Sheffield Steam Rally, which is held just outside Sheffield at North Anston. I visited last year too, but have only attended one other time before that, probably sometime in the late 1990s. Like trains, classic cars, or aircraft, steam engines are not something that I have any deep interest in, in and of themselves, but as a photographer, they make for excellent interesting subjects, both of themselves, and also in the vast array of detail that they hold. There’s also a wonderful nostalgia that surrounds them and, while I don’t think I’d like to have lived in an environment thick with it, the pungent whiff of coal smoke is lovely in these situations.

I managed to take over fifty photographs on the day, but this post contains just a selection of them. These shots were all taken with my Olympus OM-1. Some shots are on Ilford HP5+, and others are on Fomapan 100. I’ll mark each shot accordingly, but the HP5+ shots will be first.

#1 (HP5+) – This was a favourite of the day. I really like the out-of-focus engine to the rear of the shot, and it feels like it could have been taken a long time ago.

FILM - Horsepower

#2 (HP5+) – Another favourite. I like the composition and the trio of figures.

FILM - Amongst the machines

#3 (HP5+) – A lot of the traction engines appeared to be family endeavours, with fathers, sons, wives, daughters all mucking in. I like this shot because of the foreground interest granted by the man and his dog (although I nearly cut off its feet!).

FILM - In front of the engines

#4 (HP5+)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-4

#5 (HP5+) – I think the human element adds to a lot of the shots. Some of the interest would be lost if were just the machines.

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-7

#6 (HP5+)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-5

#7 (HP5+)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-8

#8 (HP5+)- This must be a show regular, as I photographed it last year too. To be fair, many, if not all of the engines might’ve been there last year too, it’s just that I recognised this one.

FILM - Moose

#9 (Fomapan) – Another favourite. If the van weren’t in shot, this would perhaps have the look of a much older photograph.

FILM - At rest

#10-19 (Fomapan) – The steam engines take part in a drive-past event in the central “show-ring” area and I took a number of photos of this. The next two are my favourites – the size of the machines, but also the poses of the drivers, gives them something od an epic feel I think.

FILM - Moar power!

FILM - Power

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-25

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-24

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-21

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-22

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-19

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-20

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-18

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-27

#20 (Fomapan) – The smoke adds so much atmosphere (both literally as well as figuratively!).

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-14

#21 (Fomapan)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-15

#21 (Fomapan)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-13

#22 (Fomapan)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-17

#23 (Fomapan) – There were other things present, apart from steam rollers and traction engines, including this organ. There were also some nice food stalls and I had a delicious pork and pulled-pork burger from one of them.

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-16

There were also a large number of classic cars, bikes and trucks present, but I’ll save those photos for another day.