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I’ll shoot what he shot

While I was in Hornsea a few weeks back I noticed this man photographing something on the other side of the seawall. To be fair, I knew exactly what he was photographing – the waves crashing against the defences – but I wanted in on this sweet ocean action so, after taking a quick candid, I waited my turn and then made my own picture.

The guy in the photo looked like he had a telephoto attached to his camera, which probably benefited the scene when compared with the fixed 42mm glass on my Olympus 35RC, but the best camera (and lens!) is the one you have with you, right?

Shooting a man shooting the sea
What the man saw

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Gold 200. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 20 June 2022

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All Saint’s Chapel at Steetley

This small Norman chapel at Steetley, not far from Worksop (although it falls under the parish of Whitwell), is a place I’ve photographed before. I found the place by accident one day while out on a hike, and it was a pleasant surprise to find such a nice building when I wasn’t expecting to. I had a few frames left on this roll of Kodak Gold film and decided to re-visit the chapel to use them up.

All Saints Chapel

The building dates back to the 12th century and has seen its share of history, from the Great Plague, when the population served by the chapel was completely wiped out causing the building to fall into disrepair, the roof collapsing in the process. It was the scene of a skirmish during the English Civil War during the 17th century, and apparently there are still musket-ball holes visible in the masonry (although I didn’t spot these).

All Saints Chapel - outside the apse

The fortunes of the chapel lifted when the coal industry rose in the 19th century, the restoration of the chapel being completed in 1880.

All Saints Chapel roof

The door to the chapel was unlocked when I visited on this occasion and I was able to explore inside. Unfortunately 200ASA film is not the best choice for the interior of a dimly lit chapel, and the slightly faint patch on the rangefinder of my Olympus 35RC didn’t help the situation, but I was still able to take this rather nice picture of the sunlight pouting through one of the stained-glass windows. I’m very happy with this photo.

Heavenly light

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Gold 200. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 9 July 2022

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Picture framing

This quaint old building sits in the Attercliffe district of Sheffield and is the home of a picture framing business. In a past life it used to be a post office, something perhaps hinted at by the post box that still stands in front. I’ve photographed it before using black and white film, but these colour shots are much nicer.

This whole area used to be a busy shopping area with all manner of businesses catering to the local populace – which, back in the mid 20th century lived in row after row of terraced houses, many of them employed in the thriving steel industry or other trades that made up a huge part of the city’s economy back then.There are still shops and businesses there now, but it is massively changed and is a shadow of the way it once was, with much of the original population gone.

While much of the housing that once stood in the area close to this shop has now been demolished, a lot still remains not too far away and now provides homes to many of the migrants who settled in the city in the latter half of the last century. Shops still abound in the area where the housing stands, albeit many of them of new, different, and more multicultural varieties to what stood there before.

Momento
Framed

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Gold 200. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 29 June 2022

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Flags and bunting

Something I’ve noticed when taking photos this summer are the number of places flying flags or draped in strings of bunting. While the reason for this is not hard to fathom – it was the royal jubilee just a couple of months ago – it’s still quite striking how much of it is still there in abundance. Perhaps people have decided they don’t want to spend the effort required to take it back down or, probably more likely, that it just looks nice and they want to see it for as long as they can. It certainly makes for prettier pictures.

Here is a row of decorated shops in the Yorkshire seaside town of Hornsea.

A row of shops

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Gold 200. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 20 June 2022

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Down Chambers Lane

This quaint little street is actually a feature of Hornsea Museum, a place I only came across as I was leaving the town after my visit. The museum looked nice in the afternoon light though, so I pulled the car over into a parking space and grabbed a couple of pictures. I think I missed focus slightly on the second shot, but you probably can’t tell at the size it’s published here.

Chambers Lane
In the breeze

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Gold 200. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 20 June 2022

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Water works

Never one to shy away from seeking out the most beautiful of locations, I present today a photograph of a water works in Hornsea. I really don’t care about the subject matter though, to be honest. The fact that the building here is functional and mundane doesn’t distract from the nice way it shows the light, it’s orange bricks contrasting against the flower-speckled grass, and the cornflower blue of the sky above. The couple walking their dog adds some scale and a dash of interest to the scene.

So, it may just be a water works, but it’s also a nice picture, at least in the eyes of this beholder.

Water treatment

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Gold 200. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 20 June 2022

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Tractors and boats

I’ve been away on a short break with my wife for the past four days. The weather has been mostly dry and also mostly cloudy, but I still managed to shoot three rolls of film – well, two-and-a-half, as one was already partly shot before we left. All the rolls were colour stocks, so I was somewhat disappointed to not get some sunshine to show off the colours but there were glimpses of nice light here and there, and I still have my fingers crossed that even the shots made in overcast conditions will look ok (because if they do, it may break my rule to avoid shooting colour film on dull days). But I guess I’ll have to wait and see.

I’ll take them all to be developed tomorrow, but it will take me a while to scan them, and I also have a bit of a backlog of other stuff to publish first, so it might be a week or two before they begin to appear here.

In the meantime, here’s a colour shot made on a nice sunny day back in June.

Boatyard

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Gold 200. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 20 June 2022

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Seaside homes

There always seems to be a dinstictive look to houses in seaside towns. Not so much the style – which can vary – but a general air about them. A lot of them have rendered walls, such as the ones in the picture today (perhaps this gives greater protection against the sea air?) and you can often see little stains of rust where metal objects on the walls have been corroded by the salt and stained the walls below them, although not the case here. But even where walls are not rendered, there still seems to be something about the dwellings that instantly says “seaside town”.

Seaside homes

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Gold 200. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 20 June 2022

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Steps to the beach

There was a pleasing zig-zag to this set of steps leading down to the beach at Hornsea. A couple were descending the steps when I reached the spot and I wondered about grabbing a shot quickly while they were in frame, but they were looking straight at me and it would have been one of those slightly unnerving “they see me“-type pictures where I feel like I’ve somehow been caught. I’m not sure why I felt like that – I take lots of candid pictures – but sometimes it just doesn’t feel like it’s the right thing for some photographs.

Steps to the sand

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Gold 200. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 20 June 2022

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Erosion in action

Another pebble, albeit one that appears more natural in character than the giant housebrick pebble I posted on Sunday. It’d be cool to rewind time to see this little lump of rock’s history. Where has it been, where was it sited before it entered the sea? How far has it travelled, and for how long? Was it a bigger rock that has been whittled down to size, or was it always this small?

Pebble formation

Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Gold 200. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 20 June 2022