On the edge of the village* where I live there is a farm. It’s located on a tight bend in the road, but the narrow verge is always well-tended, and through the gate and gaps in the hedge, you can often see ducks, geese and chickens milling around. The farm also sells a range of produce, and signs such as the one in my photograph are affixed to this tree and at other places. Once upon a time the farm probably backed out onto an undisturbed river floodplain, but this was taken over by a railway marshalling yard when the local coal mine was still in production (it’s been closed nearly 35 years now), and in more recent times now carries the A57 bypass via a viaduct across the valley, which is what can be seen in the middle part of the picture, just behind and above the hedge. Despite all this, there’s still a peaceful air around the farm, especially when the rush-hour traffic has subsided.
*I use the term “village” in its loosest sense – it’s actually just a suburb of Sheffield, but like many satellite settlements that have been absorbed into the wider metropolitan mass, it’s still known as “the village” be local people.
Olympus Trip 35 & Fomapan 400.
Taken on 28 March 2019
This is a shot taken back in the spring with my Lubitel 166 Universal. I’ve since sold the camera after getting my Yashica Mat 124 G – while the Lubitel could take some nice photographs, it was pretty fiddly to use and focussing was tricky.
This is cropped to 6×4.5 ratio from the 6×6 original (although the camera had an adapter that allowed 6×4.5 shots to be made).
Lomo Lubitel 166 Universal and Rollei RPX 400.
Taken on 12 March 2017
This is the bridge from the Meadowhall transport interchange into the mall itself.
Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Agfa Vista Plus 200.
Taken on 20 December 2017
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.
Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.
Taken on 15 October 2017
As on many bridges around the world, the pedestrian footbridge across the river Wye at Bakewell in Derbyshire is festooned with padlocks placed there by couples, friends, and anyone else with a reason to attach one.
Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Kodak Portra 160.
Taken on 20 February 2017
I had a day off work yesterday and took a trip out to the nearby Peak District National Park. On the north-eastern edge of the park, close to Sheffield, lies the Longshaw estate, and that was my destination.
I took the Yashica Mat 124 G loaded with a roll of Ektar, and the Nikon F70 with the remains of a roll of Acros 100. I’m a little disappointed with the Ektar shots – a couple at the start of the roll are spoiled by some sort of defect, and the others lack some of the wow factor I was hoping for.
However, I still got several photos I like and, although Ektar’s strength is in it’s richly saturated colour, I decided to throw that all out of the window after deciding many of the shots had a lot more impact in monochrome. I also cropped the third of these to a 6×7 ratio to remove some distracting highlights from the top of the frame.
So, here are three of them.
Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Extar 100 (converted to black and white in Lightroom).
Taken on 20 September 2017
Two shots today, both of the same subject, taken on the same day, but with different cameras and film. I’d gone for a day out to visit Gainsborough Old Hall, but stopped off at Retford for a ‘comfort break’ at a Morrison’s supermarket. The store sits beside the River Idle and the riverside foot path is accessible from the car-park (which is also adjacent to the road that is carried by the bridge in the photographs).
Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, Rollei Superpan 200
Olympus Trip 35, Kodak Portra 160
(I’ve taken to adding ‘arty-farty’ white borders around my colour shots lately).
Both shots taken on Monday 31 July 2017.