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Bakewell

A couple of Bakewell scenes for today’s post. The first is a view across the town that can be seen when driving into the town from the north and I made sure that I walked back to the same viewpoint during my visit to make the picture.

This second image is looking north from atop Bakewell Bridge. It’s not a view I remember seeing before, mostly because the route to the car-park veers off from the main road before you cross the bridge and, once you’re on foot, there isn’t much need to walk across the bridge if you’re staying around the town centre as there are other footbridges close to the car-parks.

Bakewell
Wye-side houses

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 and Zenzanon 50mm f/2.8 & Fujicolor Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 1 November 2022.

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A little late for Halloween

Halloween is already five weeks in the past and we’re not much closer to the pull of Christmas than the night of all things spooky, but I like this picture of a solitary jack-o-lantern sat on a windowsill the day after. The leaf was there by chance, not placed by myself.

Jack-o-lantern

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 and Zenzanon 50mm f/2.8 & Fujicolor Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 1 November 2022.

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Pavilion flypast

A lone goose from the RGF (Royal Goose Force) performs a flypast for the lone gent sat reading his paper in front of the cricket pavilion. It shows the traditional dipped-wing position denoting that it’s in the mood for harassing passers-by for bread.

Apologies for the silliness. 🙂

Pavilion

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 and Zenzanon 50mm f/2.8 & Fujicolor Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 1 November 2022.

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The River Wye at Bakewell

A couple of years ago I made plans to visit Bakewell during the autumn in the hopes of catching some nice colour in the trees. Sadly, covid-19 lockdowns put paid to those intentions and it was not until last month that I had chance to bring them to fruition.

While there’s a definite autumnal air to the pictures I made on the day, the colours in the trees were not spectacular. The best of the colour seemed to come early with some vivid tones from the maples, but most other species seemed to remain resolutely green. They’ve gradually turned now and mostly lost their leaves, but they never really lit the place up this year. Oddly, some of the nicest colours are now apparent in the bright yellows of the leaves still remaining on birches, but most of the other trees have now dropped their coats.

However, despite the state of the foliage, it was quite a nice morning weather-wise in Bakewell with enough cloud cover to make for interesting skies until it thickened to produce rain around lunchtime.

The four photos published here today were made soon after arriving in the town and shot as I walked across and beside the River Wye up to Bakewell Bridge. The first shot was made with my 50mm Zenzanon and the rest with the 75mm. The final shot is pretty much the same composition (and taken within a minute or so) of this black and white picture made with my Olympus XA3.

The last shot has a cooler tone to the others. I’m not sure why – probably something in my post-processing though.

The River Wye at Bakewell
Bridge and birds
Bakewell Bridge
On the River Wye (in colour)

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 and Zenzanon 50mm f/2.8 & Fujicolor Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 1 November 2022.

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Golden hour Boeing

Walking around one of the industrial parks on the outskirts of the city, I really liked the way the side of this Boeing facility was illuminated by the early morning sunlight. There’s probably a better angle to photograph it from (avoiding that slightly annoying lamp post in the middle of the frame), and maybe something that would look good in large format…

Boeing

Fujica GW690 & Fujicolor Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 22 October 2022.

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Construction time

This area has been massively developed in the last decade or so. It sits just to the west of the site of the old Orgreave coking plant – famous for the “Battle of Orgreave” which took place between striking mineworkers and the police back in the early 80s. Pretty much all signs of the previous industry have now disappeared, replaced by a large housing development and a modern industrial park, but construction still continues in the area, with further homes and also new business units being built.

I’m not sure what the structure in today’s photograph will be when completed, although it has the feel of a small hotel, perhaps to accomodate visitors to all the new businesses in the area. Whatever it will be, I felt there was a picture to be made.

Construction

Fujica GW690 & Kodak Portra 400. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 15 October 2022.

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Clouds, buildings, and grass

Despite the rain that soon arrived, I think I fell pretty lucky with the weather and light on the morning I took the photos I’ve been publishing the past few days. The incoming cloud added a lot of interest to the skies and, because the sun was in another part of the sky, everything was lit beautifully meaning blocky industrial structures like this training college were transformed.

AMRC

Fujica GW690 & Kodak Portra 400. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 15 October 2022.

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Autumn road

Just a few metres from the picture in yesterday’s post but facing the opposite direction, the morning sun was beginning to be snuffed out by cloud-cover when I took this photo. The trees are not glowing as much as they had been when I’d driven past on mornings with clearer skies. Nontheless, there’s still a hint of autumn in the leaves and I like the damp road and it’s slightly reflective surface. And it has a pylon. 🙂

Autumn road

Fujica GW690 & Kodak Portra 400. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 15 October 2022.

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Office space rainbow

On the morning I took this, I’d hoped for clear skies and an autumnal golden-hour, but this was somewhat scuppered by a fast approaching band of rain. But because the wet weather was approaching from the west, it made for an attractive rainbow, and the front of this otherwise mundane office building was thus transformed.

Office space rainbow

Fujica GW690 & Kodak Portra 400. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 15 October 2022.

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Golden hour industry

I took a series of pictures around some out-of-town industrial estates a few weeks ago. On the day I took this I arrived around sunrise with a mostly clear sky, but with heavy rainclouds fast approaching. This made for some pretty nicely lit scenes, many featuring a rainbow. You can just see a hint of a rainbow in this picture above and to the right of the Nikken sign. I like the splashes of red in this image, as well as the trees showing a hint of autumn tones.

Nikken

Fujica GW690 & Kodak Portra 400. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 15 October 2022.