The lodge

Taken in the grounds of Brodsworth Hall back in October.

FILM - The lodge

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5 – 5.6 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.

Taken on 15 October 2017


The glasshouse

The glasshouse at Clumber Park. I was lucky enough to get some gorgeous autumn light.

FILM - In the greenhouse

FILM - The glasshouse

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.

Taken on 17 October 2017

Lacking in autumn colour

I’ve been out on a couple of days recently, camera loaded with slide film, in the hopes of getting some nice autumnal scenes. Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be all that much autumn colour around at present. There are a few trees ablaze with vibrant shades of yellow, orange and red, but on the whole they’re either still green or have already lost their leaves completely. Maybe I just need to wait another week or two.

Anyway, here’s a ‘bit’ of autumn colour.

FILM - Chestnut leaf

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.

Taken on 15 October 2017

Fishing on the Wharf

I went to the Boston Spa camera fair at the weekend (where I bought a Zeiss Ikon medium format folder – which needs a small bellows repair before I can use it, and a Zuiko 135mm f/3.5 lens for my OM-1). I took the Nikon F70 with me and a roll of Agfa CT Precisa to shoot. I chose the Nikon as it’s in-built metering is far superior to any other 35mm camera I own, and I wanter to try and make the most of what was my very first roll f slide film. I shot a few frames at Boston Spa, then a bunch more when I stopped off at Brodsworth Hall on the way home. The remaining frames were shot on a day off yesterday at Clumber Park.

My initial findings are that:

  • Seeing a set of slides that you took for the first time is a magical experience.
  • Slide film really DOES have a lot less latitude when it comes to shadows and highlights (although none of my shots suffered too badly as a result)
  • My usual basic processing techniques in Lightroom don’t transfer from reversal to positive film (not without some tweaks, anyway)
  • The shots taken with my 50mm prime are superior to the ones with the 28-80mm zoom.

Overall though, despite my hit rate not being quite what I usually get (although I might’ve been rushing the roll a bit), I’m pretty happy with the results, and there are one or two lovely picturs (by my standards, at least) amongst the rest.

The shot here isn’t one of the best (although I do really like the composition, with the angler at bottom left), but it’s the only one I’ve uploaded to Flickr so far.

I’ll definitely be shooting more slide film at some point though.

FILM - River Wharf fishing

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.

Taken on 15 October 2017


It’s that time of year where the days seem to alternate between beautiful sunny conditions where the world is full of colour, those where they are overcast, damp, misty and gloomy. To be honest, I quite like the gloomy days, just as long as they don’t have those completely flat overcast cloudy skies that can result in very drab looking pictures if the sky takes up too much of the shot (although, they can work in some circumstances).

Today’s picture was taken last Sunday afternoon, and while it was overcast, there was enough structure in the clouds to add a bit of interest to the skies and make for quite a nice brooding landscape (albeit quite a minimal one).

FILM - Hedge and gate

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80 f/3.5-5.6 AF-D & Fomapan 100.

Taken on 1 October 2017

No fracking way!

There are plans for shale gas fracking to begin not too far from where I live, and many of the homes and lampposts in the vicinity are displaying anti-fracking protests. I’ve photographed this place earlier in the year, but the scarecrow is a fresh addition.

These were taken with my newly acquired Nikkor 28-80 f/3.5 – 5.6 AF-D lens. It’s a cheap, plastic bodied lens, but one that has good reviews for its optical quality. Based on the shots I’ve had so far, I’m more than happy with it, and it adds a good degree of versatility for the occasions where my 50mm is too restrictive.



FILM - No fracking way-2


FILM - No fracking way-3

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80 f/3.5 – 5.6 AF-D & Fomapan 100.

Taken on 1 October 2017