Film photography · Photography

Another giant ice cream

Ah, the giant ice cream cone, a signature piece of street furniture at seaside resorts around the country. While I don’t got out of my way to find these giant plastic dairy treats, I almost always seem to photograph them if the opportunity arises. Maybe a post with all my gathered giant ice creams will surface one day!

This one is in Hull, next to the marina.

You can glimpse other massive ice creams here, here, here and here. 🙂

FILM - Beer, cider, burgers (and ice cream)

Olympus OM-1, Zuiko AUTO-Zoom 75-150mm f/4 & Ilford HP5+ (pushed to 800asa).

Taken on 19 October 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Spurn lightship

This is the Spurn Lightship, a floating lighthouse that served in a position off Spurn Point, a long coastal spit at the mouth of the Humber Estuary where it flows into the North Sea.

The vessel was built in 1927 and was in active service until it was decommissioned in 1975. It was restored and has served as a museum at it’s current location in Hull marina since 1987, although it is currently closed for conservation work and re-location elsewhere in the marina.

FILM - Lightship

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford HP5+ (pushed to 800asa).

Taken on 19 October 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Three views of the Humber

A triplet of photos all depicting the Humber Estuary. The added grain that has appeared due to the push-processing of the Ilford HP5+is readily apparent here but gives the images some grit, which I like.

The first two photos are looking eastwards as the estuary flows towards the North Sea – the first with The Deep, Hull’s aquarium and sealife centre, jutting into the left of the frame; the second a longer telephoto shot from the same location, towards the ferry and freight terminals.

FILM - The Deep and Humber Estuary

FILM - Voyage

The final image is looking west, back up the estuary towards the Humber Bridge which can be seen lurking in the background.

FILM - Distant Humber Bridge

Olympus OM-1, Zuiko AUTO-Zoom 75-150mm f/4.0 & Ilford HP5+ (pushed to 800asa).

Taken on 19 October 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

From one side of the street to the other

A couple of photos for today’s blog post. One looking south(ish), the other north(ish) from opposite sides of the same street.

The first – the southerly-facing picture – is of Hull Minster. It’s a slightly odd image aspect ratio as, for some reason, the negative for this frame was missing a slice. I like the way there are several couples going about their business in the scene – in fact it almost looks like they might be following each other, walking in an anti-clockwise circle from one side of the street to the other. You can see the tables and chairs at the bottom of this frame in the second picture too, which indicates roughly where I stood to take this first photograph.

I didn’t go inside the minster on this occasion (although I have in the past). I find churches to be impressive buildings, always full of interest – both architecturally, and also because of their history and the artifacts within, especially those with original fittings, and Hull Minster doesn’t disappoint in that regard. Alas, I didn’t have time to pay a visit this time.

FILM - Hull Minster

The second image is of the northerly view and was taken from a position to the right of the post in the picture above – there’s an open plaza in front of the minster, which is where I stood.

I took a couple of variants of this shot. The one I didn’t use had a number of things I liked – a woman in dark clothes framed between the two windows on the left of the image, and the people at centre right were crossing the road and no longer partially obscured by the bin. The one I’ve posted below has the guy in the middle doubled over though, and I didn’t want to lose that. I think he was looking at something in his lap (or maybe even praying with clasped hands), but in the next shot he’s upright again and it lost a little interest as a result.

FILM - People in Hull

There’s another, slightly different, viewpoint on this location in this post from a couple of years back.

Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 & Ilford HP5+ (pushed to 800asa).

Taken on 19 October 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Do not climb on the toad

This mossaic-coated toad sits on the grass outside the Streetlife museum in Hull, where I had a wander around while waiting for the photo exhibitions to open. I smiled as I imagined just how many people must have clambered onto the giant amphibian before the powers-that-be decided to invest in a sign and (somewhat ineffectual) fence in an attempt to ward them off.

FILM - This toad is not for riding

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford HP5+ (pushed to 800asa).

Taken on 19 October 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Couple with a guitar on a cobbled street

It’s always a joy to wander around an unfamiliar area with a camera, whether it be somewhere far-flung and exotic, or just a part of your own town or city that you’ve not explored before.

During my wander around Hull last weekend I found a number places that just brought a smile to my face. While probably not drawing a second glance from many local eyes, to me they were heavy with possibility – even in the somewhat flat, grey, overcast light in which I viewed them.

This is one such location – Bishop Lane. I never knew this existed before last Saturday (and why should I? Despite a couple of prior visits to the city, I’ve barely scratched the surface in terms of exploration) but as soon as I saw it I was finding photographs in it’s wonderfully cobbled straightness and shot a few pictures. The first two were of an empty street, but then a couple appeared at the far end of the lane and began to walk in my direction. As they got closer I noticed that the man carried a guitar case and the woman a smaller intrument case – possibly a fiddle – and I knew I had to get them in a photograph of the location.

Before they got too close I checked my focus – the 28mm is fairly forgiving, but I pre-focussed on a spot where I thought the composition would work best as they passed, and then I waited. Looking at the photo it seems evident that one thing I didn’t check was the shutter speed as the couple have some noticable motion blur, so I’m guessing the camera was at 1/125sec (or perhaps even 1/60sec) when I pressed the shutter button. Despite this, I feel the photo works with the blur – it adds a subtle hint of motion in an otherwise motionless scene.

FILM - Couple with a guitar on a cobbled street

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford HP5+ (pushed to 800asa).

Taken on 19 October 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Backstreets and alleyways

On my visit the HIPFest last weekend I discovered upon arriving that a) there was no longer a charge to enter the exhibits (it  cost £5 for a wristband that granted you access to all the gallery areas on my previous visits) and, b) that the galleries (apart from the display in the main atrium area) didn’t open until noon (it was a little before 10:30am at this point).

Given that I’d planned on spending some time walking around Hull town centre taking photos anyway, this wasn’t too big of an issue, so I set off for a wander. I’d done a bit of a recce before the visit – Google Streetview is very handy for this – and had found a location that might make for good pictures, so I headed off to find it.

The first three images today are of the place I found on Streetview, and the last is of an alleyway that I found by chance slightly later.

FILM - Off the hook

FILM - Men at work

FILM - Horizon Tattoo

FILM - Through

Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 and Zuiko AUTO-Zoom 75-150mm f/4.0 & Ilford HP5+ (pushed to 800asa).

Taken on 19 October 2019

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography


I took a number of pictures on this street in Hull a couple of month’s back. This is the only medium format shot amongst them. I like the shot and the composition, but wish there had been a little more light – I had to open up the aperture to get the photo (a side-effect of my Mess-Ikonta having a slow / sticky shutter at speeds below 1/100 sec, which forces me to open it up in lower light, rather than dropping the shutter speed). As a result, the focus is a little soft in the foreground.

FILM - Prince Street

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Kodak Tri-X.

Taken on 29 November 2017