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Save the Children

I’ve been away for a few days and scheduled a bunch of posts to auto-publish. Unfortunately I didn’t draft one for today, when I’ve just arrived home exhausted! So a very quick post today with a bit of street photography (the people that can be seen to the left of the frame are part of the march that I’ve posted images from over the past few days).

Save the Children

Olympus XA3 & Ilford Delta 400 . Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°

Taken on 1 October 2022

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Enough is Enough – Marching

The people protesting the cost of living crisis for the Enough is Enough demonstration marched through the town centre. The march attracted a lot of attention and made quite a lot of noise but was a peaceful event.

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Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford Delta 3200 (shot at 800asa and pulled in development). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°

Taken on 1 October 2022

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Enough is Enough – Meeting

On Saturday 1 October 2022 a number of demonstrations and marches were held in towns and cities across the UK in protest of the cost of living crisis engulfing the country. This was further driven by the disastrous “mini budget” that had been delivered by the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, and her Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng which effectively benefited the wealthiest in society.

Such was the impact of this budget – causing grave consternation in financial markets, impacting the value of the Pound and pushing inflation into double-digits, as well as losing support amongst their own government, party, opposition parties, and the general public – that the Chancellor and Prime Minister were both forced to resign, making Liz Truss the shortest serving PM in UK history, lasting just seven weeks in the post.

I thought it would be good to document the local march, so headed into town with my Olympus OM-1N and XA3 cameras in tow. I’ll split the pictures over the next few days. This first set shows people meeting at the starting point for the march.

I loaded a roll of Delta 3200 into the OM-1N, but overexposed it a couple of stops by shooting it at 800asa and then pulled it in development (mostly because I didn’t have any HP5+ to hand, or I would have shot that at 800asa and pushed it a stop instead). I think the Delta looks quite good shot this way, and I’d probably do the same again if I don’t need the extra couple of stops of light.

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Olympus OM-1N, Zuiko Auto-S 50mm f/1.8 & Ilford Delta 3200 (shot at 800asa and pulled in development). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8mins @ 20°

Taken on 1 October 2022

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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.

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

Taken on 23 September 2022.

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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.

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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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Light and dark in the underpass

On my last visit to Birminghm I had an hour or so from getting off the train to when I needed to be at my meeting so I did what any self-respecting photographer would do – I took photos.

Just outside the station I found an underpass with a reflective ceiling and a number of cylindrical columns which looked like it might make a good location to catch a picture or two. Noting the reflections that pedestrians were casting in the mirror of the ceiling I waited for a couple of people to walk through the scene.

For this first shot I metered for the interior of the tunnel.

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For this second image I waited for a person to appear at the far end of the underpass, the camera metering for the bright opening and casting the tunnel into a starrk, low-key light. This is the one I prefer.

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Canon Sure Shot Z135 & Ilford HP5+. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 9mins @ 20°

Taken on 7 September 2022

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A royal funeral and some street art

I’ve spent the entire day watching the funeral of the Queen today (well, apart from watching the latest episode of House of the Dragon while eating my breakfast. I guess that was about a queen too, although tonally, it was somewhat darker…).

As I spoke about a few days ago, I’m far from a royal watcher, but I felt that this was a truly historic event and one I ought to watch for that reason even if for no other. There were two funeral services broadcast – the state funeral at Wesminster Abbey, attended by heads of state and other guests, and the smaller (but only by comparison) service at Windsor Castle where, among other things, the Queen’s crown, along with the orb and sceptre, were formally taken from her to be presented to King Charles when his coronation takes place. While there will be a final private service for family this evening, where the Queen will be buried beside her late husband, it maked the final public appearance of her coffin and felt like the final closure of the past week-or-so’s events.

The funeral marks the end of this period of official national mourning and means that things should begin to return to normality again from tomorrow, although I expect that it will be a fading out rather than a sudden halt to all the discussion about the events.

Today’s picture has nothing whatsoever to do with the funeral of the Queen, but I always post a picture, so this is a completely unrelated image of a man walking past some attractive street art in Manchester.

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Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Portra 800 (shot at 400asa). Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 10 August 2022

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Last shots

An ominously final sounding title for my blog today but, fear not, it’s just referring to the two pictures posted here today specifically. As I’ve posted about a few times, I broke my ankle about six weeks ago while on a day trip to Manchester. The two pictures here are related to the incident.

This first image is the last shot I took before the accident. It was made while I walked down the road towards the art gallery where, not too long after, I would fracture my fibula as I exited the building.

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The second picture was taken later, after my journey home, and after several hours in the accident and emergency department of the local hopital, After finally leaving the building I sat on a bench outside and waited for my wife to collect me in the car. The sun had set and blue hour had kicked in. Hospital buildings such as these were not my first choice for subject matter for this roll of film but I had little other option given my injury would allow small chance of going out to shoot more for a while. So it seemed worthwhile to finish the roll so I could at least get it developed.

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Olympus 35 RC & Kodak Portra 800 (shot at 400asa). Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 10 August 2022