A crane over Camden

We managed to catch some nice weather on our trip to Camden last month. On the first day, at least – the Sunday was a little grim and overcast.

FILM - A crane over Camden

Pentax P30T, Rikenon 50mm f/2 & Kodak Portra 160.

Taken on 9 September 2017

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So much for at least one update a week!

Oh well, the sky hasn’t fallen down as yet, so I guess my self-imposed “at least one post a week” wasn’t the be all and end all (after all!).

Anyway, I’ve still got quite a mountain of pictures to post – even though, until the weekend, I’d had a break of a couple of weeks without taking a single photograph – so here’re a few more. These were all taken during the day-trip to York that I’ve already posted about, but were on a second roll of film that I didn’t finish on the day. There’s no particular theme, just a selection of things I though might make a decent picture.

These were all shot with my Olympus OM-1 on Ilford HP5+. I used the F.Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 for some, and a Hoya 25-42mm wide-angle zoom for the others. I got both lenses with the camera but, despite its wide-angle versatility, I’m not keen on the Hoya – it’s very bulky and heavy and the image quality isn’t a patch on the F.Zuiko. I’ve flagged the Hoya shots with a (H).

#1 – This was taken on my way back to the town centre after the morning’s visit to the National Railway Museum. I hung around at the edge of the street to get someone reflected in the puddle. I took two shots, but this is the best.

FILM - Upside-down in a puddle

#2 – Despite their poorer image quality, I still like a few of the Hoya shots, including this one (H).

FILM - From the minster

#3 – York Minster at a jaunty angle (H).

FILM - Heavenwards

#4 – Another one of the Hoya shots I really like (H).

FILM - Cafe culture

#5 -The Minster again (H).

FILM - Looking down

#6 – And again. I like the juxtaposition of the old Roman column against the more modern cathedral here. I couldn’t have taken this without the wide-angle (H).

FILM - Old and older

#7 – A couple of bicycles (H).

FILM - Pedal power

#8 -Another street scene (H).

FILM - Evil Eye

#9 -And another (H).

FILM - Stonegate

#10 – York’s famous medieval shopping street. the Shambles, some of the buildings here date back to the 14th century. It gets its name because it used to be the home of a large number of butchers’ shops (shambles being an old term for open-air butchers and slaughterhouses.

FILM - Shambles

#11 -And York’s famous tea-room, Betty’s (there’s another branch in Harrogate, which I think is the original). There was a sizeable queue outside each time I passed by.

FILM - Betty's

#12 -Finger-puppets for sale on The Shambles.

FILM - Fingerpuppets

#13 -And more modern digital “bobble head” clocks.

FILM - Looking out as we look in

#14 -And gin (though this wasn’t on The Shambles).

FILM - Gin

#15 -There was a sizeable international food fair taking place on the day, with loads of stalls, but the only one I photographed was this sausage stand (which might be there all the time anyway for all I know).

FILM - The Hot Sausage Co

#16 -The old BT piper logo was still in evidence on these payphones.

FILM - Telephony

#17 – This is my favourite shot of the bunch. I spotted this trout’s expression on a fish monger’s stall.

FILM - Sea Trout

#18 – Another bicycle. The city being relatively flat, bicycles appear to be a popular form of transport in York.

FILM - Gone shopping

#19 – Not sure if these stones mark actual graves any more.

FILM - Markers

#20 – And the final shot of this batch, a small alleyway just off Stonegate. And another of the shots I quite like.

FILM - Just off Stonegate

It’s a shame the weather wasn’t better on the day – there are untold numbers of things to photograph in York, and the place is well worth the visit.

Oddshots #2

Another of the occasional posts featuring a single shot, which I’m posting today primarily because I wanted to keep the flow of posts going on the blog, but haven’t yet gotten around to sorting out the pictures from the roll of Ektar I shot yesterday.

So, here’s a random shot from a while back. It was taken in Manchester while I was attending a training course, and as I was early on this particular day, I decided to take a circuitous route to the building where the course was being held. During the walk I spotted this little scene. It was the bicycle chained to the parking meter that drew my eye, but as I composed the shot I noticed the mini parked further up the street and made sure I included it in the frame, and I think the double-yellow (or grey in this case) lines lead you up to it and then to the distant tower of the crown court building.

The two people add a dash of interest. It’s a shot that I think will age nicely as, although the parking meter and Mini are contemporary to now, they’ll look pleasantly old-fashioned a few decades hence.

The camera used to take the shot was my cheapo Olympus Superzoom 105 G loaded with Fomapan 100. It’s not the sharpest of cameras, but it’s a very handy size and shape to just throw in a coat pocket when I’m out and about and, although I’ve not used it since finishing the roll of Fomapan, I can see myself picking it up again in future for similar trips out. The main downside I found was that the flash is automatically triggered in low light unless you first disable it, and I got at least a couple of unexpected flash bursts that I wasn’t expecting.

FILM - Bicycle