Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

Tinsley viaduct

The Tinsley viaduct has been a feature of Sheffield since 1968, carrying the M1 motorway across the Don Vally to the east of the city. It was unusual at the time for being one of the first two level road bridges of its kind. Until 2008 the viaduct had a fellow landmark in the shape of the two cooling towers of Blackburn Meadows power station. The power station remains, albeit in a new form, but the towers were demolished – to much local consternation from people who didn’t want to lose a landmark that indicated they were almost back home following a journey, and which was felt to be an intrinsic part of the city’s identity. The twin cooling towers can still be found on items of Sheffield memorabilia despite the fact they are no longer in existence.

To the west of the viaduct – towards Sheffield – would have been the site of much heavy industry when it opened but the most noticeable feature now is probably the large Meadowhall shopping mall.

Tinsley viaduct

Fujica GW690 & Fujicolor Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 22 October 2022.

Photography · Film photography · 35mm

The Bath Hotel from Convent Walk

I have vague memories of visiting this pub occasionally at lunchtimes when I was much younger than I am now, many years ago. It was a short walk from the building where I worked with a bunch of thirsty engineers. There would be, generally on Friday’s, sessions where I doubt many of the people were in any fit state to do any work when they got back to the office!

The Bath Hotel

Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Colorplus. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 23 September 2022.

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Winner winner salad spinner

A few weeks ago I wrote about how I’d bought a salad spinner as a means to remove excess liquid from my negatives before hanging them to dry. At that time I’d only tried it with a single roll of 120 film (and not scanned them at the time of writing). I’ve now developed and spun three rolls using this method and it’s been a resounding success so far. Today was the first roll of 135 film I’ve used the spinner to dry and it looks to have worked really well too – 135 film was where most of my issues occurred and I rarely got noticeable water marks on 120 film (that I could see, at least).

Today’s picture was shot in the Winter Gardens in Sheffield city centre. The table football game hasn’t been there when I’ve walked through on previous occasions, but it has been a while. It made for a nice photo though and I really like the airily lit upper part of the image. Colorplus is a surprisingly nice film, despite it’s ‘consumer’ status.

Table football

Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Colorplus. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 23 September 2022.

35mm · Film photography · Photography

A schoolbus near City Hall

This was taken as the new students were arriving in the city for fresher’s week and there were a series of events taking place to introduce them to the city, including some in Barkers Pool in front of City Hall. Yellow schoolbuses are not a thing here in the UK, so they’re certainly worth a picture when they’re spotted.

City Hall school-bus

Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Colorplus. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 23 September 2022.

35mm · Film photography · Photography

The house on Gell Street

This satisfyingly angular building isn’t actually a house. Rather it houses the archaelology department of the University of Sheffield, or at least some of it – there may be other facilities elsewhere amongst the vast array of properties owned by the university also dedicated to the same subject.

I expect it probably was a residential property at some point but I’ve not found anything covering its history in my (brief) online search.

I went out today and shot a full roll of Velvia 50 – a roll that I bought before the pandemic with the intention of capturing some autumn colour but which has sat in the fridge ever since. Today was its day. Let’s hope I get something good, eh? 🙂

Blue sky over Gell Street

Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Colorplus. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 23 September 2022.

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Pictures from Little Kelham

I’ve visited the Kelham Island area of Sheffield many times, but I’d never wandered down through the Little Kelham area before. Here are a few photos I took on my first wander through.

Here’s the main entry into the area with evidence of the area’s industrial heritage.

Little Kelham

There are streets of modern housing and apartments, such as this.

Modern living

Amongst the modern buildings are older structures including this one, now housing a Sardinian restaurant fronted by a row of parasols catching the sunlight.

Aperol Terrace

While the area is occupied by numerous residents, development continues to gentrify the area.

Cherrypicking

Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Colorplus. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 23 September 2022.

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Riverside reflections with the Olympus Trip 35

A couple of photographs of the River Don taken from the Ball Street bridge on a lovely September morning a few weeks back.

Every time I use my Olympus Trip 35 it rewards me with beautiful images, sharp and well-exposed. It’s a camera I really need to use more often and perhaps in conjunction with my XA3 – another Olympus zone-focus model. Perhaps one with B&W and one with colour for flexibility of choice when shooting.

More Olympus Trip 35 pictures to come over the next week or so…

From the Ball Street bridge
Riverside reflection

Olympus Trip 35 & Kodak Colorplus. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 23 September 2022.

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

Fire escape and veil flare

I’ve walked around the Kelham Island area of Sheffield on numerous occasions and posted many photos of it on my blog. Despit this, I’d never walked through the Little Kelham section before. This section is a mixture of modern housing and gentrified industrial buildings, such as the one in today picture. It’s an area that will benefit from futher visits to see what other photo opportunites await.

This picture was shot with my Yashicamat 124G, which I think may have some haze forming on the taking lens as I’ve noticed on a few occasions that images suffer from veil flare and a loss of contrast towards the centre of the image. Oddly, it’s an inconsistent effect though, sometimes not appearing at all, even in compositions where I might expect it to, so maybe it’s not haze at all? I’ve had a quote for a CLA, but it’s quite expensive, although still much less than a replacement camera, so I think I will need to bite the bullet and get it done at some point. It’s one of my most used cameras so worth the TLC.

Fire escape

Yashicamat 124G & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°

Taken on 23 September 2022

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

From here to Timbuktu

Timbuktu, according to the pointer on this signpost, is 2,811 miles from this location. A fair distance for sure, but not a patch on how far it is to Cairns, Australia – a much further 9,423 miles distant. Luckily, the signpost – near the Meadowhall shopping mall in Sheffield – is less than 10 miles from where I live.

From here to Timbuktu

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

Taken on 20 September 2022