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Tree silhouettes

The final two frames from this roll of Shanghai GP3 which I shot just before Christmas are shown here today. Almost the final two anyway – there is still another I might use if needed, and a few more shots of leaves covered in raindrops, but I’ve started scanning a fresh roll that I developed today, so hopefully those will start to appear soon.

Tree silhouette #1

Tomorrow I need to think about doing one of those “Looking back at the year“-type posts with my favourite photos from the past twelve months. It will be interesting to see which ones I choose from the autumn’s crop of images – I feel like that entire period was something of a dry spell and I’m not sure what I will choose. Anyway, that will appear tomorrow all being well.

Tree silhouette #2

Yashica Mat 124G & Shanghai GP3. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 18 December 2021

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Hollow trunk

Here’s another photo from my foggy morning walk just before Christmas. The tree in today’s photo will likely feature again tomorrow or the day after as also go a long shot of it – I’m still stretching out the posting of images from this roll of film until I get one of my other rolls developed. Thankfully my fresh bottle of DD-X arrived today so I might get one of them sorted out tomorrow.

Split trunk

Yashica Mat 124G & Shanghai GP3. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 18 December 2021

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Winter fog and a lone tree (and running out of developer)

I’d hoped to develop one of the two rolls of unprocessed film I have today, but I’m uncertain as to the state of my developer. I use Ilfotec DD-X which Ilford states has a shelf life of around four months once opened. As I’ve not developed many rolls of film in the past four months, I suspect that my partially used bottle might be older than that and I don’t want to risk my time and effort, plus a roll of film, to discover that it’s gone bad. I guess it could be fine, but I’m not going to take the chance.

As a result, I’ve ordered a fresh bottle. The website told me it will be here on Wednesday, but I’m not sure that’s taking into account the fact that today and Tuesday are the Christmas Day / Boxing Day bank holidays, so it might take longer. I do have a bottle of Adonal I could use, but I’d prefer not to use that on the film I have waiting as it’s a roll of Tri-X (that I need to push a stop) and some Delta 3200, and Adonal (Rodinal) tend to be something of an acquired taste when it comes to faster films.

Hopefully I’ll get at least one of the rolls developed before the weekend though, which is when I’ll run out of photos from this roll of Shanghai GP3 that I’m currently sharing pictures from.

Alone in the fog

Yashica Mat 124G & Shanghai GP3. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 18 December 2021

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Cannery lady

Driving through Eckington recently I noticed a new memorial had been placed. It depicts a lady with a sack of peas and tin cans to commemorate the Derbyshire Canners Factory which used to stand nearby. I know little more about the factory and have no idea how long it stood, or when it operated, but I liked the look of the memorial and thought it worth a photograph, especially in foggy weather.

Cannery lady

Yashica Mat 124G & Shanghai GP3. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 18 December 2021

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Wet leaves (on Christmas Eve)

I’ve had a headache most of the day – nothing too serious, just a mild annoyance really – which was a good excuse to spend as much time as possible vegging out on the sofa and watching TV. So I watched the finale of Amazon’s Wheel of Time adaptation (well, the series finale, not the actual finale yet), some YouTube videos, and then the remainder of some list show that aired the other night about Britains favourite sweets (or candy to any readers across the Atlantic). It was nice to just relax and not worry about doing anything else.

My wife finished work at lunchtime and there were a few small jobs to be done when she got home, including a few remaining presents to be wrapped, but all that is now done and – once I’ve finished typing this – I can chill out for the rest of the evening.

The wet leaves in the post title refer to today’s picture which I shot in the back garden the other week. Probably not very Christmassy, but I like it.

Wet rhododendron

Yashica Mat 124G & Shanghai GP3. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 11 December 2021

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Farewell Clumber Park

It’s the last of this batch of photos made at Clumber Park in today’s blog post. “Phew“, I hear you say.

Today was my first day of leave for the Christmas period and my wife and I went out for lunch. We visited Thorpe Salvin, a small village to the east of Sheffield where a pub / restaurant named The Parish Oven is located.

I’ve been to Thorpe Salvin on a number of occasions as it’s a good place to make photos, being within a nice walking distance of the Chesterfield Canal and the Cuckoo Way footpath that runs along it’s length, but I don’t recall visiting the pub before (although my wife tells me that we did once, back when our eldest was young).

The pub is nice, but I think they were having problems with the heating as it was freezing inside and a lot of the other diners all had their coats on – something we similarly decided was a good course of action. The waiter plugged a small fan heater in for us though which took the edge off the chill, and once the food arived we were warm enough.

We both chose the same item from the menu, a chicken, chorizo, and leek pie, which was very good and came with some extremely tasty thick-cut chips and a small pot of mushy peas. When we paid the bill we were presented with a mystery envelope containing a discount voucher for our next meal – assuming we visit again in January. The envelope can’t be opened beforehand to reveal the discount awarded but it will be at least 10%, and can be as much as 100% (if we are very lucky…).

So, the last photo from this roll today and it’s The Old Parsonage again. Something different tomorrow, I promise.

The Old Parsonage frontage

Yashica Mat 124G & Ilford HP5+. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 6 November 2021

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The Old Parsonage

I’m really eking out the photos from this roll I shot at Clumber Park. This is the same building that featured in yesterday’s post and also this one from the 16th December. I do have another roll ready to scan now though, and another that has maybe a couple more frames to shoot before I develop it. Those should – contents depending – see the blog into the new year with fresh images.

I’ve finished work for the Christmas period now and am not back until the first week in January. I’m hoping to get out and make photos, although there is a cloud of potential Covid restrictions hovering overhead at present – our government dithering about whether to introduce them before or (most likely) after the proverbial horse has bolted. While I don’t want restrictions, I also really don’t want a massive new wave of infections that means people suffer more and for longer. I’m going to attempt a day out with the camera this week while I have the chance.

The Old Parsonage

Yashica Mat 124G & Ilford HP5+. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 6 November 2021

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Clumber clock tower

I’ve not been feeling well today. This is typical as I was supposed to have met up with friends for some pre-Christmas beers. In a way I’m slightly glad I couldn’t go out as, due to the rapidly escalating number of omicron variant Covid cases, being in a busy pub wasn’t the place I’d have liked to be, but at the same time, I’ve not seen my friends face-to-face for a long time, so I was disappointed not to have met them.

The weather over the past couple of days has been foggy – conditions I love for photography – but which I’ve been largely unable to take advantage of: Today because I was ill, and yesterday because I went out with my wife, my eldest, and his girlfriend (although I did manage to grab a few pictures on the XA3 that I’d taken in my coat pocket).

A few days in work this week and then I’m off for the Christmas period, so I’m hoping I get some opportunities to go out and make photos.

Here’s a picture of the clock-tower at Clumber Park.

Clock tower

Yashica Mat 124G & Ilford HP5+. Lab developed in Xtol.

Taken on 6 November 2021