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Waiting for a train

I’ve been in London all day today, so don’t have much time (nor inclination) to write much, so I’ll keep it snappy. Pun intended. 🙂

Here are a couple of people sat waiting for a train. One of them has brought some knitting to keep themselves occupied.

FILM - Platform pastimes

Pentax Espio 140m & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 7 September 2019

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

Bring me sunshine

This hat shop in Manchester is striking in its own right, but I waited for a passser-by to give it additional interest. By chance I managed to get the chap in a pose not too disimilar to the classic Morcambe and Wise dance. He also has a carrier bag, Eric Morcambe style. 🙂

FILM - Bring me sunshine

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Ilford Delta 400.

Taken on 23 April 2019

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

Landscape Photographer of the Year

Well, sort of…

On a recent visit to Manchester I arrived at Manchester Picadilly station to find a series of boards displaying the winning entries for the most recent Landscape Photographer of the Year competition.

There were some beautiful and striking images on show and I took a couple of photographs of people looking at them – this one from the balcony overlooking the ticket-hall area.

I’ve cropped it from the square original due to a winding error (I didn’t wind it on enough and got two slightly overlapping frames).

FILM - Landscape Photographer of the Year

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta 524/16 & Ilford Delta 400.

Taken on 23 April 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Close Encounters

This is one of the main atrium / escalator areas in the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester, UK. The design of the overhead lighting was very striking and so I took the shot. Upon scanning the negative it reminded me of the climactic scene in Steven Spielberg’s classic movie, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, where the alien mothership descends at Devil’s Tower (although that had fewer retail outlets and escalators if I recall correctly… 🙂 ).

FILM - Close Encounters

Olympus 35 RC & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 15 February 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

By the sunlit fountain

People enjoy the unseasonably mild February weather by the fountain in Picadilly Gardens, Manchester.

The 35 RC’s lens had coped quite well with the conditions (shooting straight into the direction of the low sun). There’s some noticeable flaring in the shot (top left, and lower-centre right), but nothing too severe and the contrast has remained in place.

FILM - Fountain

Olympus 35 RC & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 15 February 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Looking at it from different points of view

A couple of photos taken earlier this year when I had to attend a course in Manchester. As I had a little time each morning after getting off the train, I would wander the streets and take a few pictures with the camera I had with me (an Olympus Superzoom 105 G compact in this case). These are both of the same street, but from the opposite ends.

FILM - Backwhacks

Olympus Superzoom 105 G, Fomapan 100

FILM - Backwhacks

Olympus Superzoom 105 G, Fomapan 100

 

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Oddshots #2

Another of the occasional posts featuring a single shot, which I’m posting today primarily because I wanted to keep the flow of posts going on the blog, but haven’t yet gotten around to sorting out the pictures from the roll of Ektar I shot yesterday.

So, here’s a random shot from a while back. It was taken in Manchester while I was attending a training course, and as I was early on this particular day, I decided to take a circuitous route to the building where the course was being held. During the walk I spotted this little scene. It was the bicycle chained to the parking meter that drew my eye, but as I composed the shot I noticed the mini parked further up the street and made sure I included it in the frame, and I think the double-yellow (or grey in this case) lines lead you up to it and then to the distant tower of the crown court building.

The two people add a dash of interest. It’s a shot that I think will age nicely as, although the parking meter and Mini are contemporary to now, they’ll look pleasantly old-fashioned a few decades hence.

The camera used to take the shot was my cheapo Olympus Superzoom 105 G loaded with Fomapan 100. It’s not the sharpest of cameras, but it’s a very handy size and shape to just throw in a coat pocket when I’m out and about and, although I’ve not used it since finishing the roll of Fomapan, I can see myself picking it up again in future for similar trips out. The main downside I found was that the flash is automatically triggered in low light unless you first disable it, and I got at least a couple of unexpected flash bursts that I wasn’t expecting.

FILM - Bicycle