35mm · Film photography · Photography

A curtain of trees

Just downstream from the Ball Street Bridge lies a weir on the River Don. The weir diverts part of the flow towards the former industrial workings at Kelham Island (where the museum is these days).

Today’s picture is from the bank of the Don with the top of the weir just visible as a regular line across the foreground water. The trees sit on an island and made an attractive sight with the more regular shapes of the industrial buildings visible in the rear.

Across the river, beyond the trees

Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400. Lab Developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken 5 February 2023.

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Architectural mish-mash

This picture was the last frame on the roll and had been cropped by the lab (presumably where it had been clipped as part of the developing or drying process), which it is why it’s not the standard 35mm ratio. Despite the crop, it’s quite a satisfying photograph, I think.

I like the contrasting styles of architecture, whether it be moderm, more classical (any architects reading this, please excuse my ignorance of building styles), or the remnants of industrial walls in the centre of the frame.

Architectural styles

Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400. Lab Developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken 5 February 2023.

35mm · Film photography · Photography

False autumn

There’s a definite autumnal feel to the picture in today’s post, I think, despite it being made in early February.

It’s the colours that do it, lots of browns and oranges here in the buildings, bricks, and boughs.

No-one else around

Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400. Lab Developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken 5 February 2023.

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Old bridge, new construction

This old iron bridge – I’m not actually sure if it’s officially named Iron Bridge as well – crosses the River Don at Nursery Street. It’s flanked on either side by modern concrete bridges carrying vehicular traffic across the river. From the viewpoint in both pictures you’re looking approximately southwest towards the city centre, which lies around half-a-mile distant.

The two new buildings under construction will be, most likely – although, again, I don’t know for sure – more apartment developments. I like how the one on the left currently looks like a very tall, thin castle.

Old crossing
Cranes

Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400. Lab Developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken 5 February 2023.

35mm · Film photography · Photography

The Flood

This memorial stands beside the River Don in Sheffield and remembers those who lost their lives in the 1864 flood which resulted from the collapse of the Dale Dyke dam up near the top of the Loxley valley which released 700 million gallons of water.

Flood memorial

Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400. Lab Developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken 5 February 2023.

35mm · Film photography · Photography

A nice pub for nice people

Depite many, many pub closures in recent years (well, recent decades actually) there are still some that have been around as long as I remember. This pub, The Big Gun, is situated on The Wicker just at the edge of Sheffield city centre.

It’s seems it’s always been there, but I’ve never been inside – I know it mainly by the fact that the bus I used to catch into town when I still lived with my parents (and the first home I lived in when I left) drove down The Wicker on the outbound and return journeys, so pubs, shops and other things (not just on this street, but along the whole route) became imprinted on my mind over the course of thousands of separate trips.

A nice pub for nice people

Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400. Lab Developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken 5 February 2023.

Photography · Film photography · 35mm

The Two Rivers

The building to the left of the frame here is The Two Rivers restaurant and bar. It sits where Blonk Street and Castlegate meet and is unusual because the building sits atop the confluence of the rivers Don and Sheaf. It’s also slightly unusual in that it is a re-purposed building. I wonder how many of the people visiting know that it used to be a public convenience?

It’s not the only re-imagined public toilet in the city either. There is a former gent’s toilets on Surrey Street wgich is now a cocktail bar named Public (pun no doubt intended). A public toilets in Handsworth, one of Sheffield’s districts a few miles from the city centre has a former public toilets now housing a barbershop. And I expect that there will be more.

While it’s good to see these places put to new life, I do wish that there were more actual public toilets around. They serve a very useful purpose and stop people having to use the facilities in cafes and bars where they might also be expected to buy food or drinks for the privilege. As much as it seems a humorous topic – particularly here in the UK where toilet humour is pretty much a curriculum subject – well maintained public toilets are a mark of a civilised society, I think. We all need to spend a penny now and then.

Castlegate

Canon Sure Shot Supreme & Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400. Lab Developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken 5 February 2023.

4x5 Large Format · Film photography · Photography

Botanical rescue

One of the two photographs I took of the Botanical Gardens was a bit of a bust. The shot was alright but I got a big light leak on it. I suspect the leaks I sometimes get when shooting large format are caused by my taking insufficient care when removing the dark slide, perhaps pulling the film holder away from the camera slightly and letting light in.

Given the time and effort it takes to shoot large format (and the cost per sheet!) I decided to attempt to rescue the picture in Lightroom. I had to crop it by a not insignificant amount and then had to apply quite a lot of dehaze and spot editing to try and remove the worst effects of the light-leak. In the end though, I managed to salvage a reasonably useable image from the original. It’s not perfect – the contrast is a bit crunchy, resulting in some crushed blacks, and quite a lot of noise has been introduced, but better than no image at all.

It can’t be too bad – it managed to get into Flickr’s Explore pages somehow!

Greenhouse (rescued image)

Chroma 4×5. Fujinon NW 135mm f/5.6 & Fomapan 100. Fomadon R09 1+50 9 mins @ 20°

Taken 2 March 2023.