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Bakewell

A couple of Bakewell scenes for today’s post. The first is a view across the town that can be seen when driving into the town from the north and I made sure that I walked back to the same viewpoint during my visit to make the picture.

This second image is looking north from atop Bakewell Bridge. It’s not a view I remember seeing before, mostly because the route to the car-park veers off from the main road before you cross the bridge and, once you’re on foot, there isn’t much need to walk across the bridge if you’re staying around the town centre as there are other footbridges close to the car-parks.

Bakewell
Wye-side houses

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 and Zenzanon 50mm f/2.8 & Fujicolor Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 1 November 2022.

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A little late for Halloween

Halloween is already five weeks in the past and we’re not much closer to the pull of Christmas than the night of all things spooky, but I like this picture of a solitary jack-o-lantern sat on a windowsill the day after. The leaf was there by chance, not placed by myself.

Jack-o-lantern

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 and Zenzanon 50mm f/2.8 & Fujicolor Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 1 November 2022.

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Pavilion flypast

A lone goose from the RGF (Royal Goose Force) performs a flypast for the lone gent sat reading his paper in front of the cricket pavilion. It shows the traditional dipped-wing position denoting that it’s in the mood for harassing passers-by for bread.

Apologies for the silliness. 🙂

Pavilion

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 and Zenzanon 50mm f/2.8 & Fujicolor Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 1 November 2022.

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The River Wye at Bakewell

A couple of years ago I made plans to visit Bakewell during the autumn in the hopes of catching some nice colour in the trees. Sadly, covid-19 lockdowns put paid to those intentions and it was not until last month that I had chance to bring them to fruition.

While there’s a definite autumnal air to the pictures I made on the day, the colours in the trees were not spectacular. The best of the colour seemed to come early with some vivid tones from the maples, but most other species seemed to remain resolutely green. They’ve gradually turned now and mostly lost their leaves, but they never really lit the place up this year. Oddly, some of the nicest colours are now apparent in the bright yellows of the leaves still remaining on birches, but most of the other trees have now dropped their coats.

However, despite the state of the foliage, it was quite a nice morning weather-wise in Bakewell with enough cloud cover to make for interesting skies until it thickened to produce rain around lunchtime.

The four photos published here today were made soon after arriving in the town and shot as I walked across and beside the River Wye up to Bakewell Bridge. The first shot was made with my 50mm Zenzanon and the rest with the 75mm. The final shot is pretty much the same composition (and taken within a minute or so) of this black and white picture made with my Olympus XA3.

The last shot has a cooler tone to the others. I’m not sure why – probably something in my post-processing though.

The River Wye at Bakewell
Bridge and birds
Bakewell Bridge
On the River Wye (in colour)

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 and Zenzanon 50mm f/2.8 & Fujicolor Pro 400H. Lab developed. Home scanned and converted with Negative Lab Pro.

Taken on 1 November 2022.

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Halfway up (or down)

A couple more pictures from Flamborough North Landing today, both showing the same building that sits above the lifeboat house about halfway down to the beach.

A few months back I remember being at the limit of my supply of new photos for the blog and thinking I’d need to dig into the archive. I’m now in the opposite position of having a glut of pictures that I’ve not even uploaded (or, in the case of about a roll-and-a-half, not even scanned yet) – approximately seven rolls of film’s worth of images. I’ll likely be shooting more stuff this weekend too, so the future stash of picture will grow further. At least it’s nice to know I have plenty of new photos to fuel the blog.

And maybe I can start to reduce the stash of film I have yet to shoot – I’ve decided to just dig in and get some of the film I have shot, rather than saving the nicer / rarer stuff for some unspecified special occasion that might never arrive.

Landing overlook
Uphill

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Lomography Color Negative 100 .

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Look at the sea (for 50p)

The seaside telescope is a regular sight at resorts across the land (and across other lands too – there were binocular-style telescopes all over the palce when I visited New York a few years ago).

While there is a sense of excitement about using the devices, my own experience has generally been one of disappointment. They are often somewhat unweildy to use, their movement stiff and heavy, and by the time you find something worth looking at the money runs out. If you’re a child, this is compounded by the fact that you have to be lifted uncomfortably by your parents in order to even look through the eyepiece, let alone maneouvre the telescope to point at anything.

And yet I like taking photographs of them, even if I don’t actually look through them.

50p a go

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Ilford Pan F Plus. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 7mins 20°.

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Flamborough Head lighthouse

There are two lighthouses at Flamborough Head. The original lighthouse was completed in 1674 but never lit. It stands at the edge of a golf course now with a Grade II listing.

The new lighthouse was first lit in December 1806 and remains in use today, although the last keepers left when the light was automated in the 1990s. As with its older sibling, it also has a Grade II listing.

Flamborough Head lighthouse

Standing atop the promontory, the light can be seen from numerous places along the coast as well as, obviously, from the sea. Whenever I’ve visited places like Scarborough or, when I was younger, Filey, I would look for the light in the south as evening arrived. There is something evocative and even a little magical about catching that distant flash of illumination as the beam sweeps your position.

I took a number of pictures of the lighthouse on this trip, so don’t be surprised if they turn up here in the coming days. 🙂

The top of the light

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Lomography Color Negative 100 .

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Flamborough Head

Today’s photograph is of Flamborough Head, a promontary extending several miles into the North Sea from the Yorkshire Coast on eastern side of England. Just the tip is visible in the picture. It is a landscape of chalk cliffs (the only such area in the north of the country), arches, sea-stacks and small sandy coves. Large areas beneath the cliffs can be walked at low tide and there are fossils to be had I believe.

Out at the end of the promontory sits the fog signal station.

Flamborough Head

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Lomography Color Negative 100 .

Taken on 14 March 2022

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Up above the waterline

This decaying wooden boat sits high above the waterline up the steep slope that leads down to North Landing at Flamborough.

Not living close to the coast – well, for the UK at least, where I believe nowhere is more than about seventy miles from the coast, although that doesn’t necessarily mean a lovely beach or anything, for some it’ll be a dingy mud-flat – er.. where was I?.. Oh, yes…

Not living close to the coast, scenes like this are a big draw. While I can quite easily find nice countryside, city centres, or industrial locations withing close reach, beaches, boats, and actual sight of the sea always offer some novelty. I went through two rolls of 120 film, and the best part of a roll of 135 during this trip to Flamborough, something I might have been harder pressed to do in my more frequently visited locales.

Up above the waterline

Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Lomography Color Negative 100 .

Taken on 14 March 2022