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Papa’s revisited

Papa’s has been featured on the blog before, back in 2019. It’s one of those subjects that presents itself as a great photo opportunity, with lots of detail and interest, set against the backdrop of the beach and sea beyond. I had fish and chips the day I visited when making the previous post. I had fish and chips again on this occasion, but it was much colder this time around so instead of eating them on the pier, I walked back to my car parked a short distance away on the promenade and ate them while I sat and looked out at the incoming tide.

There is something comforting about eating in the car like this. It reminds me of when, as a child, we would sometimes drive to a place named Sandilands not far from Mablethorpe in my grandparent’s car. My grandma would always stay in the car, but grandad would come down on the beach with us (us being some variant of my sister, my cousins, and myself) where we would collect the big white pebbles that were scattered around, and which my grandad placed on the ground around the base of their caravan as decoration. When it got cold, we would go back to the car and eat snacks and watch as the sea came in.

Papa's
Papa's
Papa's

Olympus OM-2N, Zuiko Auto-S 0mm f/1.8 & Ilford Delta 100. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 12mins @ 20°. / Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2022

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Beside the sea

The last couple of Colorplus pictures from my Cleethorpes visit today, although not the last of the Cleethorpes photos – I also shot the best part of a roll of Ilford Delta 100 on the same day. More of those soon.

The subject of the first of these two photos has already featured twice on the blog last week (here and here), so third time’s a charm. The other is a new location, albeit only a short distance away.

Red, white and blue
No hope of refreshment

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

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At Cleethorpes station

Another trio of photos from Cleethorpes, this time taken at the railway station. I didn’t travel there by train, but the station was a stone’s throw from where I’d parked the car, so it seemed rude not to take a peek. I think I’ve mentioned before that I have no particular interest in railways or trains per se (at least beyond the usual level of interest that someone might have), but I do find that they make for interesting pictures.

At Cleethorpes station
Trio
Blue and silver under blue

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

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Ghost sign

I wonder what WABYS RIBY was?

I’ve toyed with the idea of making a zine with “ghost signs” as the theme, but I’m not sure if I know of that many that I can photograph. This one is in Cleethorpes, but there are only two that immediately spring t mind closer to home – although in a city the size of Sheffield I’m sure there must be a considerable number still lurking around.

My Plustek scanner seems to have developed a fault over the past year or so which results in a faint coloured band down the middle of images. You can see it in the blue sky on today’s picture if you look closely (above the letter Y in the sign). It’s not blatant, and it can’t be seen on more contrasty backgrounds, but it’s there and I can see it. Oddly though, it only seems to occur on scans of colour negatives. I’ve looked for it on B&W scans and colour transparencies and there’s no sighn of the artefact – even if I whack dehaze up to max in Lightroom. I’m currently communicating with Plustek support to see how I can get it fixed. Unfortunately my scanner is out of warranty so I’ll probably have to pay for a repair.

WABYS

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

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Planet Circus OMG!

Pasted on the windows of a betting shop in Cleethorpes are a bunch of posters for the circus that was scheduled to come to town a week or so after I visited. The light was great, so it gets to be today’s picture.

I’ve had a couple of days off work this weekend, giving me four days instead of the usual two. My outstanding luck meant that this was as a sequence of winter storms hit the country and I was stuck indoors for most of the time.

Today however, despite it still being quite windy, the weather was bright so I took myself out for a few hours to get some photography done. I visited the picturesque village of Wentworth which is about half an hour’s drive. I’ve not shot my GW690 for a while, so decided to let it see some light and ran three rolls through it during the trip. It’ll be a week or two before they start appearing here as I’m currently back in the back in terms of a backlog of other new photos to post.

Planet Circus OMG

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

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Talking cobblers

The light on the day I visited Cleethorpes was lovely, creating opportunities for pictures pretty much every way I turned. Including this shoe-repair / key cutting shop tucked away on a side street. It’s another of those pictures that appeals to me – just an everyday scene but with lots of little details to draw the eye.

Shoey's

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

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Darracotte’s

I’ve already posted a picture of this place a couple of days ago, but that was just the section seen at the left side of this wider view, I’m not sure when this building was constructed. It has an art deco look about but I suspect it to be a much more recent addition.

The bold reds and bright whites of the paint stand out in lovely contrast agains the blue skies. It’s on days like this where I most enjoy shooting colour film.

Darracotte's

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

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The Mint

A fairly straightforward street photo for today. It works, I think, because the arcade is closed and the blue shutters are down. Had it been opened then the figure would have been lost amongst the background. Lots of blues and a nice burst of colour from the sign look quite nice.

We’ve been hit by storm Eunice here in the UK today, and the southern counties received two red weather alerts, the most serious we get in this country, and not something that happens very often. Wind speeds of over 100mph were recorded in parts of the country. Being a couple of hundred miles north of the worst of it, all we’ve had here is a quite blustery and rainy afternoon. Some of the trees I can see from the house were swaying quite wildly but I’ve not noticed any damage from the limited vantage points I have from looking out of the windows.

A large part of the population seems to have been fixated on this YouTube channel, which has been showing planes landing (or attempting to land in some cases) in the high winds at London Heathrow airport. It had 185,000 viewers when I took a look earlier!

The Mint

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021

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Colourful Colorplus

I use the Grain2Pixel Photoshop plug-in to convert colour negatives. I’ve found it can be a bit finicky on certain film stocks – Portra for instance – but it always seems to do a great job with Kodk Colorplus, producing lovely saturated colours. I’m not sure how accurate these are to the film’s profile (and who really knows when scanning?) but I like the results very much. In scenes like this the reds leap off the picture.

Macdonald's Ices

Olympus XA3 and Kodak Colorplus (expired 2012 and shot at 100asa)

Taken on 31 January 2021