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Beach cafe

I didn’t go inside this cafe on this visit to Mablethorpe, although I have on previous trips. There’s something comforting about sitting in a cafe with views out over the sea, with a hot drink, and maybe a snack as you contemplate the world outside.

Beach Cafe

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Fukichrome Velvia 50 (expired 2011). Lab developed & home scanned.

Taken on 17 September 2022

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Compass points

Facing East North East, this vantage-point looks out across the North Sea towards Denmark which lies approximately 350 miles away.

Like many fences and railings in touristy places, the cables have been decorated with “love locks” and the odd bouquet of flowers. I wonder how many of the people who place these padlocks remain in the relationships they represent, and whether they ever come back and remove them if they don’t last? This is assuming that they can be removed of course – I suspect a good squirt of WD-40 might be needed in a lot of cases, especially where the salt air has had time to do its work, and I also wonder if love struck couples don’t just dispose of the keys anyway, another symbol of everlasting love?

Compass points

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Fukichrome Velvia 50 (expired 2011). Lab developed & home scanned.

Taken on 17 September 2022

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Chalet street

It wouldn’t be a trip to the seaside without a photo of some chalets or beach huts. Well, perhaps it would for non-photographers, but for me they’re almost an obligation to photograph when I see them, especially as I don’t visit the coast all that often.

This expired Velvia 50 has really done it’s work on that blue sky, hasn’t it?

Street of chalets

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Fukichrome Velvia 50 (expired 2011). Lab developed & home scanned.

Taken on 17 September 2022

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Building a horse out of sand

Despite owning a perfectly good bicycle, this man has taken it upon himself to build a horse. As I took this picture I had a brief moment where I wondered what would happen if it had suddenly sprung into life like something from a Harry Potter movie or something. It doesn’t have a saddle, so I expect riding it would have caused a degree of chafing.

Sand horse

Yashicamat 124G & Kodak Plus-X (expired 2008). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 6mins @ 20°

Taken on 27 August 2022

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Beach chalets (and dusty negatives update)

It’s that time of the year when my blog becomes awash with photographs from Mablethorpe, taken on my annual visit (pilgimage 🙂 ). I think I shot three-and-a-half rolls this year, these are from the half-roll (Kodak Portra 160), but I have shots from a full roll of 135 Velvia 50, and one roll each of Fuji Pro 160NS and Kodak Plus-X in 120 still to come.

I’ve made further attempts to scan the dusty negatives that I posted about my frustration with yesterday. I’ve carefully cleaned all the strips with isopropyl alcohol (IPA) and microfibre cloths. The negatives that I thought I’d damaged yesterday also cleaned up better on this attempt and are thankfully not marred by permanent streaks as I had feared. There is still a considerable amount of dust present, but much less than before (at least from the ones I’ve tried scanning so far). There is also at least one neg with a scratch that I’ve introduced. But they look better.

I’m still going to put the pieces in place to develop colour film myself though. Maybe not immediately, but hopefully before too long.

Mablethorpe deckchairs
Seafood Market (or so it says)

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Kodak Portra 160. Lab developed, home scanned, & converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 17 September 2022

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Mablethorpe north beach and dusty negatives

More scanning tonight, and yet more dust woes. Suffice to say I won’t be using the same place again for my colour developing. I’m frankly quite disheartened at the thought that some probably quite nice pictures are looking not so nice due to this, or will require an undue amount of dust spotting in Photoshop – a mind-numbing task. I tried cleaning the first couple of negatives with some IPA which did remove quite a lot of the dust, but also seems to have added some faint streaks which may, or may not, be permanent. Not good.

I’m going to have to bit the bullet and start developing my own colour film, aren’t I? In the meantime, I’m going to have to find somewhere else and incur postage costs.

The shot below was from the same lab, and while still dusty in comparison with the lab I used to use (which has now closed), it’s nothing like as bad as the roll I’ve started to scan tonight. It still took quite some time to dust spot though.

North beach

Nikon F80, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 D & Kodak Portra 160. Lab developed, home scanned, & converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 17 September 2022

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A print perhaps?

It’s very rare that I make prints of my photographs. Occasionally, I’ll get a bunch of cheap mini prints of random shots as they can be nice things to put in gifts, and I had a print made of a picture my cousin liked for her to hang on her wall, but rarely do I make a print for myself.

I might get a print of the picture posted here today though. It’s not a perfect image and probably not something anyone would buy commercially, but I like the photo – it’s evocative and also, because I was there when it was made, personal. It’s mine. It would be a nice thing to look at when I’m at work, I think, maybe even moreso when the dark winter days kick in proper.

To the beach

Yashicamat 124G & Fujifilm Pro 160NS. Lab developed, home scanned, & converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 17 September 2022