In Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter there was a shop with a large display of scissors in its window. I particularly liked this chicken-shaped pair to be used for snipping the top off a boiled egg.

FILM - Scissors

Olympus OM-10, Cimko 28mm f/2.8 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 17 June 2019



A stallkeeper prepares produce on this stall in Mercado de la Boqueria in Barcelona.

I guess, following on from my picture a few days ago, that this is another shot that might have benefited from being in colour, but the black and white still works well because of the contrast, I feel. Plus I do have some other shots of similar stalls taken on Protra 400, but I’m waiting for those to be processed.

From looking at this photograph it would be easy to assume that the market had only just opened, or was not very busy, but it is in fact a very rare moment when there weren’t dozens of shoppers and tourists milling around in front of my lens (and I cropped it a bit too!).

FILM - Meat

Olympus OM-10, Cimko 28mm f/2.8 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 17 June 2019

Somewhere in Barcelona

I’m not sure of the precise location of this shot – it was taken as my wife and I wandered the narrow streets off Barcelona’s “La Rambla”, and was probably in the Gothic Quarter somewhere. It’s a shot that made me glad of the 28mm lens I had attached to the camera.

FILM - Somewhere in Barcelona

Olympus OM-10, Cimko 28mm f/2.8 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 17 June 2019

Colour in black and white

Here’s a photo of a couple of chilled fruit drinks that my wife and I enjoyed in a cafe / bar on the first day of our short break in Barcelona. The drinks were extremely pleasant on a hot day, and consisted of a fruit cocktail enlivened with ice-cubes and frozen fruit. It made for a colourful display.

My first choice was to take a shot on the Portra 400 that was in my Z135 as this would have picked up the colours in the liquid and, especially, the reds, purples and oranges of the berries and mango pieces. However, try as I might, I just couldn’t get a composition I was happy with using the camera – although it has a macro mode, it didn’t frame the scene well, and shooting wider at the camera’s minimum focus range led to far too much of the surroundings getting into the shot.

So, I took the shot with the OM-10 and 28mm lens I had attached (in the interests of travelling light and not annoying myself with the urge to switch lenses all the time, the 28mm was all I took for the SLR, and it turned out to be a pretty good choice of focal length for the streets of Barcelona). The 28mm lens in question is a Cimko model that allows close macro focussing, so I was able to get in nice and tight even with the wide-angle of view, and the f/2.8 maximum aperture meant I could get enough light in the slightly shaded position we were in. The only real issue with using the OM-10 was the fact that I’d loaded it with HP5+, so I had to forego the lovely colours on show and hope for the sense of cold refreshing beverages to still shine through in B&W.

I love black and white film, but colour film does have the advantage of being easily convertible to monochrome if required, whereas (short of fancy techniques to combine three images shot using red, green and blue filters) black and white film is pretty much what-you-see-is-what-you-get.

I’m not sure if it’s a better shot in B&W, but it still works pretty well, and was “interesting” enough to get into Flickr Explore yesterday. I’m happy with it though and, given I take photos for myself, that’s what matters I suppose. 🙂

Anyone else had a similar conundrum with colourful scenes and black and white film?

FILM - Chilled

Olympus OM-10, Cimko 28mm f/2.8 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 16 June 2019

Chequerboard face

A chequerboard-faced figure looms from a shop doorway.

I couldn’t help but think of the scene in T2: Judgement Day where the T-1000 terminator, having disguised itself as some chequered linoleum, rises up and kills the security guard as he purchases his coffee from a vending machine in the secure hospital where Sarah Connor is being held…

FILM - Chequerboard face

Olympus OM-10, Cimko 28mm f/2.8 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 16 June 2019

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

We ate breakfast here on the first morning of our NYC trip, although it wasn’t the first time we’d visited – having eaten here on our first visit to New York back in 2012 where we came upon it by chance (as it wasn’t far from our hotel).

It’s a worthwhile place to visit with a somewhat unique feel. This is because the waiting staff are all performers in various Broadway  and other theatre shows and, in between serving food, they each take turns to belt out various musical numbers while strutting between, on, and above the tables where the diners sit. It’s loud, but an experience well worth seeing at least once (assuming you like live musical numbers being sung while you eat!).

It’s a popular place (as can bee seen from the queue in today’s photo) but customers are seated by table availability and group size, so if you’re the only couple at the rear of a big line of families, it’s likely that you’ll get to skip ahead when a place for two appears (or vice-versa). The food was good, although a good 50% more expensive than the place we ate breakfast on most days (The New York Luncheonette on E 50th Street).

The photo below was taken a few days after we ate at the diner when I went for a quick pre-breakfast wander with my camera on the last day of our trip.

FILM - Ellen's Stardust Diner

Canon Sure Shot Z135 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 28 May 2019

Hotdog carts

On the streets of Manhattan it seems there’s barely a corner without a hotdog cart pitching their wares. I seem to recall that tlast time I visited NYC that the carts sold mostly hotdogs (and maybe pretzels), but the variety seems to have increased to include gyros and other foods now. Almost all of the carts are Sabretts, although there was the odd Nathan’s vendor (didn’t there use to be another prolific hodog cart brand in NYC too?). Sadly, I didn’t have a hotdog on this visit (although I did get a Philly Cheesesteak), but here are a couple of photos of carts.

FILM - Sabrett #1

FILM - Sabrett #2

Canon Sure Shot Z135 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 28 May 2019