Approaching High Bradfield

This was taken back at the start of the year, when I went for a walk around High & Low Bradfield, just outside Sheffield. The day is probably most memorable for the fact that I stumbled and fell flat on my face in the verge while walking down the very steep hill to Low Bradfield.  Luckily, apart from my pride, nothing was hurt too badly!

FILM - Up the hill to yonder church

Olympus 35 RC & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 13 January 2017.

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Tunnel vision

I wonder how many times that title has been used for similar posts?

An older shot, from a trip to York back in the summer. I think I might’ve already posted a similar shot, taken at the same location and time, but that one was in portrait format, so this is a new one.

FILM - Into the light

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 10 June 2017

Storm damage?

A photo from the first roll of medium format film I shot, back in October 2016 on my first medium-format camera. Most of the photos on the roll were uninspiring, and I rushed through it in my eagerness to see what results the camera would give. The camera in question was a Lubitel 166 Universal, a relatively no-frills Soviet era TLR, but one that (despite the difficulties I had in focussing and framing my shots) is capable of very nice results indeed, and this is one of (perhaps the) best of that first roll.

FILM - My first roll of medium format-11

Lubitel 166 Universal & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 15 October 206.

Cathedral eagle

A couple of photographs taken on a recent(ish) trip to Sheffield cathedral, when the venue was opened in the evening to a local photography group, enabling the use of (normally forbidden) tripods etc.

It’s the same subject in both shots, just from opposite sides.

FILM -  Eagle front

FILM - Eagle back

Both shots: Yashica Mat 124 G & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 17 July 2017.

Signs of invasion

Between Solly Street and Scotland Street, Sheffield.

This small UFO was sighted on a lamppost in an alley joining the two roads. I’m a bit of a sucker for shallow depth of field shots.

 

FILM - Signs of invasion

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, Ilford HP5+

Taken: 23 July 2017

Oddshots #4

Once again, apologies for my somewhat slower paced updating of the blog. In order to at least post something to keep the blood flow going, here’s another in my occasional Oddshots posts – just a single image that doesn’t really fit in a bigger post, or perhaps something from the archive.

This one was taken a week ago following a trip to the local cathedral (which had opened it’s doors to a local photography group for the evening). After the visit came to a close I walked back to the car to find that the street where I’d parked was bathed in gorgeous evening sunshine. Hawley Street consists of a row of terraced houses that were spared damage in the blitz, and the light on them was lovely.  It’s only the contemporary cars (and maybe the odd street sign and road marking)  that really date this image – it might otherwise have been taken 75 years ago. I’m not disappointed by the cars in the shot – they themselves will add a nice historical air as the photo ages.

FILM - On Hawley Street

Sheffield Steam Rally

On Sunday 25 June I attended Sheffield Steam Rally, which is held just outside Sheffield at North Anston. I visited last year too, but have only attended one other time before that, probably sometime in the late 1990s. Like trains, classic cars, or aircraft, steam engines are not something that I have any deep interest in, in and of themselves, but as a photographer, they make for excellent interesting subjects, both of themselves, and also in the vast array of detail that they hold. There’s also a wonderful nostalgia that surrounds them and, while I don’t think I’d like to have lived in an environment thick with it, the pungent whiff of coal smoke is lovely in these situations.

I managed to take over fifty photographs on the day, but this post contains just a selection of them. These shots were all taken with my Olympus OM-1. Some shots are on Ilford HP5+, and others are on Fomapan 100. I’ll mark each shot accordingly, but the HP5+ shots will be first.

#1 (HP5+) – This was a favourite of the day. I really like the out-of-focus engine to the rear of the shot, and it feels like it could have been taken a long time ago.

FILM - Horsepower

#2 (HP5+) – Another favourite. I like the composition and the trio of figures.

FILM - Amongst the machines

#3 (HP5+) – A lot of the traction engines appeared to be family endeavours, with fathers, sons, wives, daughters all mucking in. I like this shot because of the foreground interest granted by the man and his dog (although I nearly cut off its feet!).

FILM - In front of the engines

#4 (HP5+)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-4

#5 (HP5+) – I think the human element adds to a lot of the shots. Some of the interest would be lost if were just the machines.

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-7

#6 (HP5+)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-5

#7 (HP5+)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-8

#8 (HP5+)- This must be a show regular, as I photographed it last year too. To be fair, many, if not all of the engines might’ve been there last year too, it’s just that I recognised this one.

FILM - Moose

#9 (Fomapan) – Another favourite. If the van weren’t in shot, this would perhaps have the look of a much older photograph.

FILM - At rest

#10-19 (Fomapan) – The steam engines take part in a drive-past event in the central “show-ring” area and I took a number of photos of this. The next two are my favourites – the size of the machines, but also the poses of the drivers, gives them something od an epic feel I think.

FILM - Moar power!

FILM - Power

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-25

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-24

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-21

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-22

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-19

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-20

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-18

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-27

#20 (Fomapan) – The smoke adds so much atmosphere (both literally as well as figuratively!).

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-14

#21 (Fomapan)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-15

#21 (Fomapan)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-13

#22 (Fomapan)

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-17

#23 (Fomapan) – There were other things present, apart from steam rollers and traction engines, including this organ. There were also some nice food stalls and I had a delicious pork and pulled-pork burger from one of them.

FILM - Sheffield Steam Rally 2017-16

There were also a large number of classic cars, bikes and trucks present, but I’ll save those photos for another day.