35mm · Film photography · Photography

Light and dark in the underpass

On my last visit to Birminghm I had an hour or so from getting off the train to when I needed to be at my meeting so I did what any self-respecting photographer would do – I took photos.

Just outside the station I found an underpass with a reflective ceiling and a number of cylindrical columns which looked like it might make a good location to catch a picture or two. Noting the reflections that pedestrians were casting in the mirror of the ceiling I waited for a couple of people to walk through the scene.

For this first shot I metered for the interior of the tunnel.

Approach

For this second image I waited for a person to appear at the far end of the underpass, the camera metering for the bright opening and casting the tunnel into a starrk, low-key light. This is the one I prefer.

Man on the ceiling

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Taken on 7 September 2022

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Everything is different today

Maybe not everything, but some* things at least.

On the downside, our new prime minister and her chancellor seem to have tanked the entire economy with their so-called mini-budget last week which cut taxes (marginally for the average person, but at a much higher rate for the wealthy, who are now in line for a windfall to further increase the disparity in incomes and wealth). The Pound is plummeting against other currencies, continuation of high inflation will push up prices further and, if the Bank of England decides to react, there’s likely going to be a significant rise in interest rates that will increase the cost of mortgages and borrowing for members of the public as well as businesses.

On the upside, I heard today that I’ve been successful following the job interview I attended a couple of weeks ago, which I’m very happy about. I wish the country wasn’t taking it’s licks, but I’ll grab a bit of good news where I can.

*Actually many, many things. An uncountable number of things even. But still not everything. Probably.

Everything is different today

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Taken on 7 September 2022

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Cleaning up some mess

I mentioned recently that my local film processing lab has gone out of business and that I’ve had to find somewhere else to carry out my C41 and E6 development. I’ve had a couple of rolls of C41 developed last week by my local camera store (they do E6 as well, but this is sub-contracted to another lab with a slightly lengthy turnaround, so I sent my roll of Velvia to another place fot quicker results).

The camera shop cut and sleeve 35mm in film into strips of four frames, as opposed to the strips of six that the old lab provided (and to which I cut my home-developed B&W negatives) so I opted to receive the developed film uncut and sleeve it myself at home. The roll of 35mm they developed was tucked into a 35mm film canister, as was the roll of 120 film, the main difference being that the width of the 120 roll meant the cannister was uncapped with the film poking out the end. I think this was the cause of the significant amount of dust on the 120 negatives when I scanned them. While imperceptible to my naked eye, once imported into Lightroom there was an entire galaxy of small white spots apparent on the resulting scans!

So this afternoon has been spent painstakingly cloning out the spots in Photoshop. I’d estimate it took a good 20-25 minutes to deal with each of the ten frames that are worth processing further. I really hope that the 35mm roll is not similarly afflicted!

Here’s a photograph that feels apt in the circumstances.

Hardware

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Taken on 3 September 2022

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Squashes

I always wonder if “squashes” is the correct terminoligy for this type of vegetable? There are pumpkins in there too, plus some marrows, and some weird swan-like things that I don’t know what they are, but I guess they are all types of squash? Please correct me if I am wrong about this important subject. 🙂

The flash fired on my first attempt at photographing this scene so I took a second picture. The version with flash looks much better though.

Squashes

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Taken on 3 September 2022

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Whitely Woods

Whitely Woods is an area of woodland alongside the River Porter in Sheffield. I have a vague but fond memory of walking here with my nan when I was young. She bought me a small fishing net on a cane and I caught small fish – probably minnows, or perhaps baby fish of some species, but all given the group name ot “tiddlers” – in the dams further downstream in Endcliffe Park.

Beside a millpond
This is the millpond that feeds the waterwheel at Shepherd’s Wheel museum.

It’s not an area I’ve ventured back to all that many times – most of them have been in the lasrt few years as somewhere to go with a camera. On this occasion I’d taken a walk with my wife – mainly because I was testing out my ankle after my fracture, but also because it was a pleasant way to pass an hour or two (with the benefit of finding somewhere nice to get a bite to eat).

Turn that frown upside-down
I took this one because the tree looked like it had a frowning face. An Ent, perhaps?

All three pictures here were made during the part of the walk in Whitely woods on the way to and from Shepherds Wheel.

In the park
Close to the bottom of Whitely Woods. At the end of the path before you reach the houses there is a road. The path through Endcliffe Park continues the journey towards town.

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Taken on 3 September 2022

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Antique pots and pans at Shepherd Wheel

Shepherd Wheel is a working museum in the Porter Valley in Sheffield. It’s one of the earliest surviving water-powered grinding workshops in the area. The earliest reference to the wheel is from the 14th century.

The wheel still powers a variety of machinery in the workshop where caraftspeople can be seen putting them to use. It’s fascinating to see the ingenuity of the design, with numerous pieces of machinery powered by a complex series of shafts, cogs, gears, and belts.

I had my Sure Shot Z135 on me when we ventured inside and while this is a capable point-and-shoot (with a flash), I wanted to try and get a picture in natural light. The actual machinery was probably going to be a step to far for the f/3.5 maximum aperture of the camera, but I was able to take this image of some old pots and pans in the light of a window. I’m quite pleased that it came out nice and sharp, and that the film has captured detail in both the highlights and shadows.

Remnants

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Taken on 3 September 2022

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

Up on the roof

Today’s picture is one of those occasions where I looked at an everyday scene and thought, “there’s a photograph“. It was taken from the rooftop level of a multistorey car-park and when I glances over the side there was something about the arrangement of buildings that just looked right. Part of it was due to the light (although I remember having to stand and wait a few minutes for a cloud to pass in front of the sun before it looked just as I wanted it to). Part of it is the different geometric patterns and textures on each of the buildings. I also like the way the road briefly appears at bottom left before vanishing amongst the architecture. It’s also a somewhat empty picture, with no signs of human foot or road traffic to be seen.

Up on the roof

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Taken on 27 August 2022

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

A woman at the door

This was the first photograph I took after breaking my ankle. It was shot just over two weeks after the accident during my first real trip beyond the house. We’d gone out to visit the Chinese supermarket to re-stock on instant noodles (which I’ve taken a fondness to over the last couple of months, and which the Chinese supermarket has a bewildering selction from which to choose) and so I took the Yashicamat with me on the chance that I might make a photograph or two. In the end I shot the whole roll during the hour or so we were out. I don’t think it’s the best roll I’ve ever shot but it was good to scratch the photographic itch.

The photo below was intended to be a picture of the building itself but, as I framed up the shot, the lady appeared in the doorway at just the right time.

Woman at the door

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Taken on 27 August 2022

35mm · Film photography · Photography

A royal funeral and some street art

I’ve spent the entire day watching the funeral of the Queen today (well, apart from watching the latest episode of House of the Dragon while eating my breakfast. I guess that was about a queen too, although tonally, it was somewhat darker…).

As I spoke about a few days ago, I’m far from a royal watcher, but I felt that this was a truly historic event and one I ought to watch for that reason even if for no other. There were two funeral services broadcast – the state funeral at Wesminster Abbey, attended by heads of state and other guests, and the smaller (but only by comparison) service at Windsor Castle where, among other things, the Queen’s crown, along with the orb and sceptre, were formally taken from her to be presented to King Charles when his coronation takes place. While there will be a final private service for family this evening, where the Queen will be buried beside her late husband, it maked the final public appearance of her coffin and felt like the final closure of the past week-or-so’s events.

The funeral marks the end of this period of official national mourning and means that things should begin to return to normality again from tomorrow, although I expect that it will be a fading out rather than a sudden halt to all the discussion about the events.

Today’s picture has nothing whatsoever to do with the funeral of the Queen, but I always post a picture, so this is a completely unrelated image of a man walking past some attractive street art in Manchester.

Esco

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Portra 800 (shot at 400asa). Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 10 August 2022