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A growing backlog of photographs

Yesterday I had a backlog of six rolls* of film from which I’ve not yet uploaded any shots to my Flickr account or to this blog. Today it’s eight rolls – nearly 200 frames of images.

I seem to be being quite prolific in how much I’m shooting recently. Some of this I put down to having taken a few day trips to places I’ve not visited before. This always tends to bring inspiration from seeing the unusual, unexpected, or just something different and, as a result, I tend to want to photograph as much of it as possible. Another reason is that I have quite a stash of film at present – much more than I actually thought I had – and I’ve decided to make an effort to shoot some of it rather than just sit on it waiting for some perfect occasion.

Today I shot two rolls. One, my final roll of Lomography Color Negative 100, from which I got twelve frames with my Yashicamat 124G. The other was a roll of Agfaphoto APX 100 which I had loaded in my recently acquired Olympus OM-1N. I replaced the light seals in the camera yesterday and wanted to give it a trial run to see if all is working as expected. I used to use Agfa Vista Plus for these tests, but that was when it was available for £1 a roll in Poundland (oh how I now wish I’d bought boxes of the stuff when I had the chance…), but I haven’t any of that left now and, given the current prices of colour film, I doubt I’d chance it on a test. So, the next best thing in terms of economy was the Agfa APX 100 which I have a few rolls of from a purchase a couple of years ago. As far as I know it’s exactly the same film stock as Kentmere 100 and Rollei RPX 100, just re-branded. I shot a full 36 exposures of that this morning and am scanning the negatives as I type this. The good news is that the camera seems to be operating just fine and there are no signs of light leaks.

I think one of the outcomes of this backlog might be some posts more laden with photographs than my normal output (which generally just publish a single image). I shot a roll of the new Kodak Gold 120 last week, so that might make for a single post, as will an expired roll of Truprint 200 shot a couple of weeks ago. I guess I’ll figure it out at some point before I end up with some sort of Vivian Meier-like hoard of never-seen pictures that is dicovered upon my death.

Today’s post has three pictures all themed around boats, and all shot at North Landing at Flamborough. It’s the last of my Bronica Flamborough shots from this outing, but I still have a bunch of 35mm pictures from the same trip that will see the light of day soon – although I might bump the Kodak Gold stuff up the schedules first.

Springflower
Halfway up
Beached

* actually five-and-a-half as I have already uploaded a few frames from a roll of HP5+.

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 50mm f/2.8 MC & Ilford Pan F Plus. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 7mins 20°.

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Wider for the lighthouse

I think this was the shot where I had to change lens to get the best composition. I’d been using the 75mm Zenzanon up until this point and, had I been stood further away, that lens would have coped perfectly. But that meant that other unwanted elements would have started to creep into the frame due to my distance, so the 50mm came out of the bag to take this picture. I think the 50mm might be a bit softer than the 75mm, but it’s not really noticeable in the main subject here.

I like this angle on the lighthouse. It gives it an imposing character.

Flamborough Head lighthouse

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 50mm f/2.8 MC & Ilford Pan F Plus. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 7mins 20°.

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Beyond the grass sea

I was struck by the way that the lighthouse looked like it stood beyond a rolling sea of grass in this photo. I did wonder about cloning out the lone figure on the left but then decided against it.

In other news, I’m currently scanning a roll of 135 Tri-X that I finished shooting at the weekend. As I often get drying marks on my 135 negatives (although, oddly, never on 120 negs…), even though I use distilled water and wetting agent for the final wash, I’ve taken to using a squeegee lately. This has worked fine all the other times I’ve used it, but this roll of Tri-X looks beset by scratches along most of its length, which is disappointing.

Across the sea of grass

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Ilford Pan F Plus. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 7mins 20°.

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Halfway up (or down)

A couple more pictures from Flamborough North Landing today, both showing the same building that sits above the lifeboat house about halfway down to the beach.

A few months back I remember being at the limit of my supply of new photos for the blog and thinking I’d need to dig into the archive. I’m now in the opposite position of having a glut of pictures that I’ve not even uploaded (or, in the case of about a roll-and-a-half, not even scanned yet) – approximately seven rolls of film’s worth of images. I’ll likely be shooting more stuff this weekend too, so the future stash of picture will grow further. At least it’s nice to know I have plenty of new photos to fuel the blog.

And maybe I can start to reduce the stash of film I have yet to shoot – I’ve decided to just dig in and get some of the film I have shot, rather than saving the nicer / rarer stuff for some unspecified special occasion that might never arrive.

Landing overlook
Uphill

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Lomography Color Negative 100 .

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Look at the sea (for 50p)

The seaside telescope is a regular sight at resorts across the land (and across other lands too – there were binocular-style telescopes all over the palce when I visited New York a few years ago).

While there is a sense of excitement about using the devices, my own experience has generally been one of disappointment. They are often somewhat unweildy to use, their movement stiff and heavy, and by the time you find something worth looking at the money runs out. If you’re a child, this is compounded by the fact that you have to be lifted uncomfortably by your parents in order to even look through the eyepiece, let alone maneouvre the telescope to point at anything.

And yet I like taking photographs of them, even if I don’t actually look through them.

50p a go

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Ilford Pan F Plus. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 7mins 20°.

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Flamborough Head lighthouse

There are two lighthouses at Flamborough Head. The original lighthouse was completed in 1674 but never lit. It stands at the edge of a golf course now with a Grade II listing.

The new lighthouse was first lit in December 1806 and remains in use today, although the last keepers left when the light was automated in the 1990s. As with its older sibling, it also has a Grade II listing.

Flamborough Head lighthouse

Standing atop the promontory, the light can be seen from numerous places along the coast as well as, obviously, from the sea. Whenever I’ve visited places like Scarborough or, when I was younger, Filey, I would look for the light in the south as evening arrived. There is something evocative and even a little magical about catching that distant flash of illumination as the beam sweeps your position.

I took a number of pictures of the lighthouse on this trip, so don’t be surprised if they turn up here in the coming days. 🙂

The top of the light

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Lomography Color Negative 100 .

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Flamborough Head

Today’s photograph is of Flamborough Head, a promontary extending several miles into the North Sea from the Yorkshire Coast on eastern side of England. Just the tip is visible in the picture. It is a landscape of chalk cliffs (the only such area in the north of the country), arches, sea-stacks and small sandy coves. Large areas beneath the cliffs can be walked at low tide and there are fossils to be had I believe.

Out at the end of the promontory sits the fog signal station.

Flamborough Head

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Lomography Color Negative 100 .

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Up above the waterline

This decaying wooden boat sits high above the waterline up the steep slope that leads down to North Landing at Flamborough.

Not living close to the coast – well, for the UK at least, where I believe nowhere is more than about seventy miles from the coast, although that doesn’t necessarily mean a lovely beach or anything, for some it’ll be a dingy mud-flat – er.. where was I?.. Oh, yes…

Not living close to the coast, scenes like this are a big draw. While I can quite easily find nice countryside, city centres, or industrial locations withing close reach, beaches, boats, and actual sight of the sea always offer some novelty. I went through two rolls of 120 film, and the best part of a roll of 135 during this trip to Flamborough, something I might have been harder pressed to do in my more frequently visited locales.

Up above the waterline

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Lomography Color Negative 100 .

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Fred Flintstone’s bowling ball

I spent some time trying to get a composition I was happy with here. The jumble of large chalk pebbles on the beach looked nice in the sunlight and I was keen to get a photo, but it took some effort and fiddling with the tripod. I still don’t think it’s the best I could have gotten, but I did like this distinctive looking rock with its bowling-ball type trio of holes on top. I’m not sure even Fred Flintstone would have scored a strike with this mis-shape though.

Ten-pin bowling, Flintstones-style

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Lomography Color Negative 100 .

Taken on 14 March 2022