Millstone Grit

I had a day off work this week and took a trip out into the nearby Peak District National Park. I was mostly trying my hand (not very successfully) at some landscape stuff using my digital camera, but I still stuck a couple of film cameras in my bag and managed to polish off a roll of 120 Portra 400, plus the remains of some Tmax 400 in my Pentax P30T.

The area I visited is littered with millstones in varying stages of completion, hewn from the local gritstone. The one in this photo must’ve been photographed many, many thousands of times as it lays right next to the footpath leading to Over Owler Tor.

FILM - Millstone Grit

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta & Kodak Portra 400 (expired 2016).

Taken on 7 February 2018


Snowy tiles

Something a little abstract today – a shot of a dusting of snow atop the tiles on my garage roof.

FILM - Snowy tiles

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

Taken on 21 January 2018

Snowy path

While this path looks lovely and rural, it actually runs through an industrial estate and has large industrial units on either side. Amazing what a bit of snow can do…

FILM - Snow path

Canon Sure Shot Telemax & Agfa Vista Plus 200 (converted to B&W in Lightroom).

Taken on 21 January 2018

Softer than it looks

This field looks hard and frost-bitten. It wasn’t – there were times when my feet literally sank completely in the thick wet mud of the footpath that runs along the bottom edge (and where all the meltwater was draining).

FILM - In the wintertime

Zeiss Mess-Ikonta & Kodak Tri-X (expired 2013).

Taken on 17 January 2018

A muddy walk

To be honest, the day I took this shot was not an ideal one for walking, but at the time I left the house it didn’t seem too bad. It wasn’t blizzard conditions or anything, or even heavy rain, just intermittent wintry showers of sleet.

The main problem was that there was a great deal of surface water around which had turned the footpaths into mud. The path in the shot below wasn’t too bad (although I had to walk with my feet straddling the central stream of meltwater for much of its length), but in some places my feet became completely submerged in mud, and one particular steep uphill gully¬† – filled with mud, leaves and water, and closely bordered with prickly holly bushes – made for a bit of an ordeal. I also had an incident where I stopped to talk to a lady walking her dog. The dog was a friendly looking thing and so decided it would rear up on its hind legs and plant its very muddy paws on me, leaving me with a large splotch of wet mud atop my thigh.

It was still a nice walk though.

FILM - Footpath or stream?

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

Taken on 17 January 2018