In a space of his own

This chap was sat cross-legged in a space between stalls at the Lincoln Steam Rally. It was difficult to know if he was watching me take his photo or not due to his sunglasses, and he gave little indication of any concern if he was. I tipped him a smile and a thanks afterwards though, just in case.

FILM - Zen

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 17 August 2019


£10 boots

These boots were on the floor outside a stall full of bric-a-brac at the Lincoln Steam Rally. I enjoy looking at stalls (or shops) that carry this miscellaneous hodge-podge of stuff.

The vast majority of it is on no interest whatsoever in terms of purchases (although I have found the odd camera bargain or interesting book) but it’s nice to look at it all nontheless. There’s a sense of nostagia and mystery to it. What is it? Who did it belong to? How did it get here?

I’ve no idea what those mechanical fastenings near the bottom of the frame are used for, for instance.

I sometimes wonder if, one day after I’m no longer around, some of my stuff will end up in a similar place?

FILM - £10 boots

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 17 August 2019

Within a woodland gazebo

Tucked away in a wooded section of the grounds of Renishaw Hall is a small stone gazebo. It houses this statue of a partially-robed woman.

FILM - In a woodland glade

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 26 August 2019

Harvest time

That time of year when the fields become temporarily stacked with bales of hay has come around again.

Most farms seem to produce the big cylindrical bales nowadays which, after a period of drying, are wrapped in plastic to be stored for winter feed. It’s rarer to see the traditional rectangular blocks piled up into stacks.

I did find a few of the older types though and might post a picture or two of those in the coming days, but for now, here’s a combine harvester going about its business.

FILM - Harvest

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 25 August 2019

Red and expired

I’ve shot a number of rolls of expired film, some turn out wonderfully (some 20-year-old Tmax was beautiful) while others are less so and can result in grainy images that look muddy and, even worse for the home scanners among us, hideously curled negatives that are nigh on impossible to hold flat (or even get into the negative holders!).

All of which goes to reinforce just how nice this batch of expired Fuji Superia 100 that I bought a couple of years back is. Although it expired over ten years ago, it had been well stored and as a result behaves pretty much as good as when it was fresh. Obviously I don’t have a fresh roll to compare it with, but the colours it produces are both vivid and natural in a very satisfying fashion. The vividness is illustrated in todays picture, with the red of the fire engine leaping off the image. It’s not quite as in-your-face as Kodak Ektar, but it still pops and has a more natural look to the colours.

I’m very happy to have three full boxes of it in the freezer yet to shoot.

FILM - Hose attachments

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Fuji Superia 100 (expired).

Taken on 17 August 2019

Summer hat

I guess autumn is here. My kids are back at school tomorrow, the radiators switched on briefly yesterday morning as I was getting out of bed, and the local photo club is meeting this evening for the first time since the summer recess.

I don’t mind though – autumn is my favourite season and I’m looking forward to later sunrises and earlier sunsets, the crispness in the air, and the onset of colour as the leaves begin to turn. Still got a few weeks yet though and at least one summery day-out still planned for this month.

As a mark of summer’s passing, here’s a summery hat that was in the passenger seat of the ’46 Chevy truck that I photographed the other week.

If you’re lamenting the summer gone, there’s a nice post about it on Jim Grey’s blog that’s worth a read.

FILM - Passenger seat

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 & Fuji Superia 100 (expired).

Taken on 17 August 2019