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.

So much for at least one update a week!

Oh well, the sky hasn’t fallen down as yet, so I guess my self-imposed “at least one post a week” wasn’t the be all and end all (after all!).

Anyway, I’ve still got quite a mountain of pictures to post – even though, until the weekend, I’d had a break of a couple of weeks without taking a single photograph – so here’re a few more. These were all taken during the day-trip to York that I’ve already posted about, but were on a second roll of film that I didn’t finish on the day. There’s no particular theme, just a selection of things I though might make a decent picture.

These were all shot with my Olympus OM-1 on Ilford HP5+. I used the F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 for some, and a Hoya 25-42mm wide-angle zoom for the others. I got both lenses with the camera but, despite its wide-angle versatility, I’m not keen on the Hoya – it’s very bulky and heavy and the image quality isn’t a patch on the F.Zuiko. I’ve flagged the Hoya shots with a (H).

#1 – This was taken on my way back to the town centre after the morning’s visit to the National Railway Museum. I hung around at the edge of the street to get someone reflected in the puddle. I took two shots, but this is the best.

FILM - Upside-down in a puddle

#2 – Despite their poorer image quality, I still like a few of the Hoya shots, including this one (H).

FILM - From the minster

#3 – York Minster at a jaunty angle (H).

FILM - Heavenwards

#4 – Another one of the Hoya shots I really like (H).

FILM - Cafe culture

#5 -The Minster again (H).

FILM - Looking down

#6 – And again. I like the juxtaposition of the old Roman column against the more modern cathedral here. I couldn’t have taken this without the wide-angle (H).

FILM - Old and older

#7 – A couple of bicycles (H).

FILM - Pedal power

#8 -Another street scene (H).

FILM - Evil Eye

#9 -And another (H).

FILM - Stonegate

#10 – York’s famous medieval shopping street. the Shambles, some of the buildings here date back to the 14th century. It gets its name because it used to be the home of a large number of butchers’ shops (shambles being an old term for open-air butchers and slaughterhouses.

FILM - Shambles

#11 -And York’s famous tea-room, Betty’s (there’s another branch in Harrogate, which I think is the original). There was a sizeable queue outside each time I passed by.

FILM - Betty's

#12 -Finger-puppets for sale on The Shambles.

FILM - Fingerpuppets

#13 -And more modern digital “bobble head” clocks.

FILM - Looking out as we look in

#14 -And gin (though this wasn’t on The Shambles).

FILM - Gin

#15 -There was a sizeable international food fair taking place on the day, with loads of stalls, but the only one I photographed was this sausage stand (which might be there all the time anyway for all I know).

FILM - The Hot Sausage Co

#16 -The old BT piper logo was still in evidence on these payphones.

FILM - Telephony

#17 – This is my favourite shot of the bunch. I spotted this trout’s expression on a fish monger’s stall.

FILM - Sea Trout

#18 – Another bicycle. The city being relatively flat, bicycles appear to be a popular form of transport in York.

FILM - Gone shopping

#19 – Not sure if these stones mark actual graves any more.

FILM - Markers

#20 – And the final shot of this batch, a small alleyway just off Stonegate. And another of the shots I quite like.

FILM - Just off Stonegate

It’s a shame the weather wasn’t better on the day – there are untold numbers of things to photograph in York, and the place is well worth the visit.

A little family outing

Back at the start of the month it was my wife’s birthday, and we decided we’d go for ice-creams at a place that opened recently at the edge of the town centre. Our eldest was away on the day in question, but we dragged the younger two along with us (much to their protestations at being separated from games consoles and PCs!).

Rather than go straight for the ice-creams, we decided to take a bit of a stroll first and the shots featured in this post are what I managed to grab while we walked.

#1 – This was taken close to where we parked the car. It was only after around five shots that I realised that the camera (a Nikon F70) was set to 100 ASA instead of DX mode. As I had a roll of 400 ASA Ilford HP5+ in the camera, I suspected a bunch of overexposed shots, but they all came out surprisingly well.

FILM - All we know of Heaven. All we need of Hell

#2 – The film speed now correctly set, we wandered up to Weston Park Museum where we had some coffees and soft drinks, before looking around the museum. Even with the HP5+ it was still too dim for most shots, but I took quite a few family pics, and also one or two exhibit photos, such as these mugs…

FILM - OXO

#3 – …and this set of scales, part of an exhibit on how we used to live.

FILM - 4 oz

#4 – After the museum, we strolled through the park itself, where I took this shot of the nearby Sheffield University Arts Tower.

FILM - Arts Tower

#5 – A little further on, and close to the old Henderson’s Relish factory, I took another shot of the brass bottle installations that have been recently added to the area. I took other shots of these and you can see a few in another recent post.

FILM - Brass Bottles

#6 – We were getting closer to the ice-cream parlour now, but I took another couple of shots before we got there. This one of the Somme Barracks building, which dates back to 1907…

FILM - Somme Barracks

#7 – …and this shot of some balconies on a much more recent apartment building.

FILM - Balconies

#8 – The ice-creams were great and I polished off this tasty cherry sundae. Yum!

FILM - Sundae

#9 – I took a final shot on the way back to the car of these curious hooks on the side of the Somme Barracks building.

FILM - Off the hook

And, finally, here are a couple of bonus pics from the end of the roll.

#10 – The only apple in the fruit bowl that still had a stalk attached.

FILM - Apple

#11 – And a fly outside on the double-glazing (shot with a macro lens).

FILM - The fly

Apart from the family photos, there were a number of other pretty decent shots from the walk, but I’ve not gotten around to uploading them as yet, so they may (or may not) pop up on here at some point in the future.

One thing is for sure though, this was the roll of film that showed me how great HP5+ is. My prior uses (on 35mm at least) had all been slightly dull and lacking in contrast and texture, but I think it’s safe to say (as I think I have before) that this was down to operator failure. 🙂

Oddshots #3

Another of my occasional quickie posts featuring just a single shot. This time taken in York’s National Railway Museum with my Olympus OM-1, F Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford HP5+. The subject is a selection of glassware from the Great Eastern Railway Company which was housed in an exhibition case in the Flying Scotsman area of the museum. It was very dimly lit in there and so a wide aperture and slower shutter speed were required (1/30s handheld) to get a sufficient exposure. I’ve cropped the photo slightly as there was a distracting bit of silverware encroaching in from the right of the frame that I didn’t like.

The shallow depth of field lends it a bit of an abstract air and it’s a photo I like (I am a sucker for these sorts of pictures though).

FILM - Glasses