From the Gardens of Augustus

This view alone is worth the 1 Euro entry fee to these small, but scenic gardens high on the island of Capri, Italy.

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Olympus OM-1,  Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 21 August 2018

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Magazine stand

I really wish I’d waited a split second for the lady to step into the light. I think it would have improved the shot a lot. Alas, there were so many people walking back and forth in front of me, this was the only chance I got without a blurry person in the foreground.

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Olympus OM-1,  F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 21 August 2018

The Chapel of St. Mary the Virgin

The main reason for my visit to Clumber Park at the weekend was to take shots of this church – the photo comp I’m in has ‘churches’ as November’s subject, and this is a nice church in scenic surroundings.

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Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 5 November 2017

Flowers in the greenhouse

After a couple of rolls of Fomapan 100, I decided to try some colour film in the Mess-Ikonta and, at the weekend, I paid another trip to Clumber Park and, again, ventured into the walled kitchen garden and glasshouse, where I found this nice little scene.

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Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 5 November 2017

A world of colour (in black and white)

I had a day off work yesterday and took a trip out to the nearby Peak District National Park. On the north-eastern edge of the park, close to Sheffield, lies the Longshaw estate, and that was my destination.

I took the Yashica Mat 124 G loaded with a roll of Ektar, and the Nikon F70 with the remains of a roll of Acros 100. I’m a little disappointed with the Ektar shots – a couple at the start of the roll are spoiled by some sort of defect, and the others lack some of the wow factor I was hoping for.

However, I still got several photos I like and, although Ektar’s strength is in it’s richly saturated colour, I decided to throw that all out of the window after deciding many of the shots had a lot more impact in monochrome. I also cropped the third of these to a 6×7 ratio to remove some distracting highlights from the top of the frame.

So, here are three of them.

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Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Extar 100 (converted to black and white in Lightroom).

Taken on 20 September 2017

Classic cars at Brodsworth Hall

 

NOTE: Some of the images in this post are showing broken links. The images are still there if you click them, but they are not being displayed for some reason I can’t fathom.

It was a rare Fathers Day this year where I got to go out and do something rather than being stuck at home because my wife was at work and, as luck would have it, there was a classic car event taking place at Brodsworth Hall on the day in question.

Brodsworth Hall has the benefit of both being not too far away, and also being another English Heritage property that I can use my membership benefits to gain free access. It’s not a place I’ve visited before, but it looked very nice in the English Heritage booklet they sent me, and I’d been planning a visit even before I discovered the classic car show was on. The hall is one of the most complete remaining Victorian country houses in the country and has, apparently, remained largely unchanged since the 1860s. The day I visited was probably not the best on which to appreciate the house and gardens however due to the large numbers of visitors, not to mention dozens of vintage motor vehicles parked around the place.

I also managed to lose my way on the drive there. I’d assumed that there would be signposts on the A1 (there are certainly signs for the hall on the southbound carriageway as I saw them on the way back from York last week), but either they aren’t present or (more likely) I managed to miss them – probably because I was overtaking a lorry that obscured the sign or something. That’s usually the cause! Thankfully, despite taking the wrong exit, there were yellow AA signs showing the way to the “Classic Cars”, and after about ten minutes I reached the entrance to the grounds. Along with dozens of other cars… It must’ve been a good ten minutes from entering the grounds to getting parked thanks to the large number of visitors, and as the temperature was over 30 degrees, I was very glad to be in a modern, air-condition car rather than one of the attractive, but less well equipped vehicles on show.

I’d come the the Hall with a couple of cameras – my Yashica Mat 124 G, and my Nikon F70. The F70 contained a roll of Ilford Pan F Plus 50 that I’ve had for a few months but been waiting for a nice bright day to shoot it, and the Yashica had a roll of Ektar, plus a roll of (slightly expired) Portra 400 & some Fuji Acros on standby. In the end I shot the Ektar, the Portra and the Pan F 50, but didn’t use the Acros, and the shots in the post are of the the Ektar (I’ll add another post or two containing the Portra and Pan F shots at a later date).

I’m not going to add descriptions for the all the shots below (I’ll likely embarrass myself by getting the names of the cars wrong or something), but might add a few notes where I have something to say (note: I was going to say “something interesting to say”, but that might be pushing it. 🙂 ).

The first couple of shots are of some US Army vehicles from WW2 – a couple of Willys Jeeps to be precise, and I got a couple of shots with the Ektar (and some later shots with the Portra and Pan F 50 too).

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The next couple are of a Morris Oxford. This is notable for me as my granddad had the same car and I rode in it on many occasions, including multiple trips to their caravan at Mablethorpe. His was green though. My memory of it from being a child was that it was some sort of big, finned, American-looking thing, but the reality differs a little. Still a nice car though, and one I have fond memories of.

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The rest are shots of various other cars. The line of Morris’s and the two American machines are my favourites of these.

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As a quick postscript to this post, I noticed that a few of the shots from the roll had a colour cast to them. I’m not sure why this is, but can only assume it down to the direction I was pointing the camera and the angle of the sun as all the shots pointing away from the sun seem to be ok. I didn’t have my lens hood with me, so maybe it was caused by flaring of some kind? I colour corrected the shots in question (maybe not perfectly!) to remove the worst of the cast.