At Clumber Park

This one’s a bit of a random re-scan – after I finished re-scanning the Agfa CT Precisa slides, I scanned a single frame of Superia 100 – mostly because I’d not done anything with this shot before. So here it is.

I’ll hopefully have a bunch of new stuff to go through this week once Easter has passed and the labs are open again.

FILM - At Clumber Park

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Fuji Superia 100 (expired 2007).

Taken on 17 October 2017


Colourful buildings

Two photos today, both shot with the Canon AF35M II on expired Superia 100.

The first is a section of Park Hill Flats in Sheffield. The section depicted here has undergone re-development into modern apartments and business facilities and is a far-cry from the state of the place thirty years ago, when the development and area was in a state of decline. The flats were originally built back in the 1960s to replace the tenement buildings that were demolished due to being unfit for habitation and high levels of crime (the area being dubbed “Little Chicago” in the 1930s), and was designed so that every floor except the top would have at least one entrance at ground level – something facilitated by the hilly nature of Sheffield and the location of the buildings. The flats were all accessed by wide walkways that were dubbed “streets in the sky” and were wide enough to accommodate milk-floats. The flats are in the brutalism style that was fashionable at the time but which is often despised these days. Being a strong example of this type of architecture, the development was granted grade II listed building status in the 1990s.

FILM - Park Hill again

The second shot is of the Co-Operative Funeral Care building, also in Sheffield and not a million miles from Park Hill Flats (hence the reason both shots are only a handful of frames apart on the negatives 🙂 ). I’m not sure when this building was constructed, but I would again expect the 1960s. I used to pass it on the bus when visiting my nan’s house and was always drawn to the colourful glass panes beneath the apex of the roof. They catch the sun in the daytime and would be illuminated from within after dark fell.

FILM - Where some go at the end

Canon Sure Shot AF35M II and Fujifilm Superia 100 (expired 2008).

Taken on 9 February 2019

Splashes of colour and light #2


A week or so back I wrote a post about colour photography and how I like to use colour film to record vignette type shots (you can read it here). I think the theme may have legs, so I’ve decided to use the same post title format each time I do one of these.

So, again, here’s a trio of colour photos with no particular theme (although I guess they could fall under “architectural abstracts” or “looking upwards” something like that). The main reason I took these was that I wanted to test out a camera I bought last year – a Canon Sure Shot AF35M II (known as the Autoboy II in the US, I believe) which I bought for the princely sum of £1 at a a flea market. When I originally took the camera home and inserted some batteries it whirred noisily into life (this isn’t a quiet camera!) but then, on the first occasion I decided to shoot with it, it seemed to have died – fresh batteries did nothing, so I thought the worst. However, a couple of weeks back I decided to take another look at it and noticed a very small spot of corrosion on one of the battery terminals. Five minutes later, after some careful and professional(!) scraping with the tip of a screwdriver, I inserted some fresh batteries and it sprang back into an active state.

The camera has a 38mm f/2.8 glass lens that is nice and sharp, autofocus, flash, and a timer lever that also doubles as an AF lock for occasions where you don’t want your subject to be centered on the single AF point. The AF lock works effectively, but is perhaps best described as a somewhat clunky method for achieving the result. As I already have a Sure Shot (a Telemax) – albeit one with a slightly slower lens – I’ll probably sell the AF35M II so that someone will get good use of it, and I can use to proceeds to pay for one of my MF cameras to get a service. However, before selling it I needed to test it properly so went for a walk around town on an uncharacteristically sunny February afternoon the other weekend.

The camera was loaded with a roll of 2008 expired Fuji Superia 100 that has been cold stored, and I shot it at 80asa. So, anyway, onto the photos…

FILM - Pots'n'pans

FILM - All angles covered

FILM - Shapes above

Canon Sure Shot AF35M II and Fujifilm Superia 100 (expired 2008).

Taken on 9 February 2019


I have a slight fascination for taking photos of postboxes – I think it’s because of the way colour film renders red (although, that said, I have some black and white shots of them too!). I liked the way the low autumn sun was lighting this one.

FILM - Shadow post

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Fuji Superia 100 (expired 2007).

Taken on 29 October 2017

Pumpkins and leaves

I know I posted a shot of some pumpkins a few days back, but it actually IS Hallowe’en today, so I don’t think another one will hurt. Plus there’s a bonus shot of some colourful leaves (a potential candidate for a nice, difficult jigsaw puzzle perhaps). 🙂

Both these were shot on a roll of Fuji Superia 100 which expired in 2007. I’m pretty happy with the results – I shot it at 64asa. A good job really, as I bought a bunch of it in from someone and have another nineteen rolls in the freezer.

FILM - It's Hallowe'en!

FILM - The colours of autumn

Nikon F70, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AF-D & Fuji Superia 100 (expired 2007).

Taken on 17 October 2017