Almost distinguished again

It’ll be the 2017 Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in a few weeks’ time, so here are a few pics from last year’s event in Sheffield. This was the second outing from my (then) recently acquired Olympus 35 RC.

FILM - Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2016-8

FILM - Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2016-7

FILM - Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2016-5

FILM - Distinguished Gentleman's Ride 2016-2

FILM - Steampunk Headgear

FILM - Bliss

FILM - Mint

All shots: Olympus 35 RC & Kentmere 400 film.

Taken: 25 September 2016

Cathedral eagle

A couple of photographs taken on a recent(ish) trip to Sheffield cathedral, when the venue was opened in the evening to a local photography group, enabling the use of (normally forbidden) tripods etc.

It’s the same subject in both shots, just from opposite sides.

FILM -  Eagle front

FILM - Eagle back

Both shots: Yashica Mat 124 G & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 17 July 2017.

Lines and curves

Well, this morning’s issue with linked Flickr images seems to have magically resolved itself, so here’s a bonus post to make up for the disruption!

The front end of some vintage car or other (I neglected to take note of what it was and don’t have enough here to ID it). Taken at the Classics on The Moor car rally in Sheffield.

This outing was my first time shooting Ilford Delta 100 and I’m very happy with the results. Very clean and contrasty.


FILM - Lines and curves

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, Ilford Delta 100

Date taken: 6 August 2017

Signs of invasion

Between Solly Street and Scotland Street, Sheffield.

This small UFO was sighted on a lamppost in an alley joining the two roads. I’m a bit of a sucker for shallow depth of field shots.


FILM - Signs of invasion

Olympus OM-1, F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8, Ilford HP5+

Taken: 23 July 2017

A new way of doing things

So, as some of you who read this blog might have noticed, the gaps between posts has gradually gotten larger following the early flurry of activity when I first started. In an attempt to combat this and increase the rate at which I post, I’ve decided to change the way that I update the blog. Instead of posts containing multiple shots, I’m going to cut it back to posts containing a single image (although there may occasionally be multiple shots, and even some of the longer posts every now and again) with a concise description. This will hopefully allow me to post frequently and keep the stream of content moving. It also has the benefit of me being able to mix things up a bit and publish photos from different sessions and rolls as I feel like it, rather than posting a whole bunch of pictures from a single event, trip or location (unless I feel like it, of course!). I’ve got a large-ish backlog of pictures taken since I started the blog, plus a pool of other shots taken beforehand to choose from, so there should be no shortage of content at least. I’ve also started re-scanning some of my earlier photos to get better results (I’m now much more adept at using the scanner and software than I was back then), so some older shots have now become a bit more presentable than they were.

To kick things off, here’s a shot from the first roll I shot when getting back into film photography. It was shot on 23 July last year using my Olympus Trip 35 on Agfa Vista Plus 200 film and re-scanned recently on my Epson V550 flatbed. I’d bought the Trip to replace one I already had (given to me by my dad), but which doesn’t work properly anymore (the red flag doesn’t pop up to indicate bad exposure) and chose the Agfa Vista because it was available for £1 a roll at Poundland and, as this was my first foray back into film shooting in about twenty years, I didn’t want to risk a more expensive brand. The film was developed at a branch of Max Spielman and I was happy enough with the results, but I get the impression that film development is becoming a bit of a lost art at some of these high street outlets these days, and after a couple of subsequent rolls yielded very unsatisfying results, I switched to a pro-lab (Peak Imaging) for all subsequent processing and have been very happy with the results since.

This is the dam in Crookes Valley park, Sheffield, UK where I went with my wife and younger sons. The re-scan is far better than my original version (which was a scan of the actual print instead of the negative). The colours are better and more vivid, plus the image is sharper and has less cropping (the person’s legs at bottom left, and the child at mid-left were not visible in the original version at all).

FILM - Crookes Valley Park

Oddshots #4

Once again, apologies for my somewhat slower paced updating of the blog. In order to at least post something to keep the blood flow going, here’s another in my occasional Oddshots posts – just a single image that doesn’t really fit in a bigger post, or perhaps something from the archive.

This one was taken a week ago following a trip to the local cathedral (which had opened it’s doors to a local photography group for the evening). After the visit came to a close I walked back to the car to find that the street where I’d parked was bathed in gorgeous evening sunshine. Hawley Street consists of a row of terraced houses that were spared damage in the blitz, and the light on them was lovely.  It’s only the contemporary cars (and maybe the odd street sign and road marking)  that really date this image – it might otherwise have been taken 75 years ago. I’m not disappointed by the cars in the shot – they themselves will add a nice historical air as the photo ages.

FILM - On Hawley Street