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My blogging “streak”

For the last few months I’ve had a notification from WordPress about my “streak”. As of today I’ll be told “You’re on a 1,009-day streak on Steel City Snapper photography!“. I can’t remember exactly when it started, but it was probably a month or two before I hit one-thousand consecutive posts. I expected it to stop when it reached the 1k figure, but it hasn’t. Instead I get a little system-generated reminder that I haven’t had a day off posting in nearly three years. There might be some way to turn it off in the site settings, but it’s not yet gotten quite annoying enough for me to be bothered to find out.

Anyway, with no connection to my ramblings whatsoever, today I’ll share a picture of the back-end of a Mk II Ford Escort. Enjoy!

I once nearly bought
A Mk II Escort in blue
With black vinyl roof

Escort rear end

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

Taken on 4 September 2021

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Classic cars at a vintage rally

A couple of photos showing wider scenes at the vintage rally I attended last month (I can’t believe it’s October already!). If you like making photos of vintage and classic (and some not so classic) vehicles, then these are great places to visit to do so.

It’s one of those days
Where I wish I’d not started
Writing these haiku’s

In the classic car section
In the classic car section-2

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

Taken on 4 September 2021

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1970 Plymouth

Google has been my tutor again here, filling in my lack of automotive knowledge. If I’ve done my job right, I think that this is a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner. As always, please correct me if I’m wrong.

Kneeling on the grass
Getting face-to-face with this
Vintage Roadrunner

'70 Plymouth

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

Taken on 4 September 2021

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

Cadillac Coupe

Still on the photos of vintage cars and the like made during my recent trips to a couple of traction / vintage rallies.

Today a 1952, series 62 Cadillac Coupe. I know this because it says so on the car’s license plate. 🙂

Once again, some very nice results from the pushed Shanghai GP3. Unfortunately more dust spots than normal, but I always seem to find this when I have lab developed film – the rolls I develop at home have far less dust surprisingly (although they do tend to suffer much more from drying marks).

No pink Cadillac
This one was rusty and worn
Perhaps on purpose

Cadillac Coupe
Cadillac Coupe

Yashicamat 124G & Shaghai GP3. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 4 September 2021

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

The cheerful Fiat

I think it’s the balloon that does it but there’s a definite cheerful look about this Fiat 600. The front of the car itself (something which resembles a face in pretty much all vehicles to a greater or lesser extent) also has a somwhat feline aspect, the chrome bars and logo resembling a nose and whiskers. Or is it just me?

A car has a face
Is what it’s called

Fiat 600 and happy balloon

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 14 August 2021

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A coupla Chevy’s

More vintage rally photos, this time a couple of vintage Chevy pickup trucks. I’m no expert on such things (as I’ve pointed out more than once on this blog), and I’m British and these are American trucks to boot, but a bit of Googling has given me the models. At least I think it has. As always any expert opinions correcting my errors are gratefully received.

Anyay, the first is, I believe, A Chevrolet AK, which were produced between 1941 and 1947, placing this particular vehicle near the end of that production run.

Chevy AK

The second truck is around three decades younger being (again, I believe) a Chevrolet Blazer. I’m tentatively dating this one to the late 70s – 1977 onwards – due to the 5×3 grid on the radiator grille. Again I could be talking out of my backside though!

Maybe I hould have asked the truck, although it has a slightly worried looking expression… 🙂

Chevy Blazer

American trucks
Gas guzzling automation
Moving the masses

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 14 August 2021

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People sat in cars

The weather at the Astle Traction Engine Rally the other week was dull and rainy. While this meant there were umbrellas in abundance and raindrops of automotive paintwork – both attractive subjects for a photograph – it also made the act of making photos was far more troublesome, especially without the benefit of a weather-sealed camera.

It also meant that a lot of the exhibitors could be found sat inside their vehicles to escape the damp, as in this Rover 100 and Rolls Royce Wraith.

Sat in your dry car
Looking out at passersby
Don’t want to get wet

Bonnet up
Sat in the roller

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6D & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°.

Taken on 14 August 2021

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Capri in colour

Apologies to anyone hoping to see the beautiful island of Capri in this post. Instead you are going to get an infinitely cooler Ford Capri instead. It may not have the designer stores, millionaire’s residences, or crowded funicular railway, but who wants any of those when you can have a cool old car?

It’s the same car I portrayed back on 28 May, and these were taken at the same time with my Canon Sure Shot on a roll of Kodak Colorplus. I much prefer these colour photographs.

If you really want to see some colour photos of the isle of Capri, I have some of those too. 🙂

Orange paint fading
But not dulling the appeal
Of classic beauty


Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Kodak Colorplus.

Taken on 9 May 2021

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Austin A90 Six Westminster

A few weeks ago (well, a month to be accurate) I wend to a local car-boot sale early one Sunday morning on the lookout for old camera bargains. There were none – one stall had an old digital compact, and another had one of those cheap 35mm film panoramic cameras – the ones that use a mask to basically crop a 35mm frame down to a thinner output – but nothing I was interested in spending any money on.

As I’d planned to go somewhere afterwards and shoot some film, I had my OM-2n with me. As I walked through the cars parked on the field beside the boot-sale area I noticed this old Austin rally car, so made a photo.

Today my wife and I visitted Knaresborough, an attractive market town in North Yokshire, about sixty miles or so north from where we live. It’s not a place I’ve visited before but it was a lovely location to wander around, looking in the local shops, having a bite to eat, and making some photographs (which will appear here on theblog in due course). Having just started to scan the first roll I shot through my recently-acquired Olympus XA3, I’m very pleased with the results – no signs of any faults and the photos are lovely and sharp – so I decided to take it with me on the trip. It’s tiny size is a definite boon! I did have another camera in she shape of my Canon Sure Shot Supreme – that one mostly because I have a roll of expired Fuji Sensia loaded that I’m wanting to test (I have a few more rolls of the same film so this is the guinea-pig roll to see how they look shot a box speed). All told, and despite some gloomy, if not unexpected for the UK, rainy weather, we had a nice day out.

In amongst the cars
Of people looking to bag
A bargain or two

Austin A90

Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 & Kodak Tri-X Pan (expired 2003) . Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°.

Taken on 25 April 2021

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Red car, red light

It’s not often that I see classic American cars while out with my camera – outside of car shows and the like at least – so I had to grab a photo of this Chevy when it pulled up beside me. A moment after taking this shot the traffic lights changed and the car pulled forward but had to stop to wait for oncoming traffic. Grabbing the opportunity to photograph it without other cars in the way I composed a quick shot… only for another car to shoot into the frame and ruin the picture. Grrr.

While the car is still obscured in the first frame, it looks much better than the second.

Classic red Chevy
Stood in traffic at the lights
Waiting for the green

Red car at a red light

Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Kodak Elite Chrome 200 (expired 2003).

Taken on 17 April 2021