Huge wind turbines just off the M6. They looked seriously ominous in the mist, with the far turbine coming in and out of view depending on how the wind was blowing. I’m not sure if the photo does the scene justice or fully captures the feel of these man made monsters looming over the fairly bleak countryside, I hope so, perhaps would have been better in colour.
Again, shot using a Canon FTb and Pentacon 50mm on TMax400
A rowing boat for hire, under one of the arches of the mediaeval Elvet Bridge in Durham.
Another shot from the roll of TMax 400 I put through the Canon FTb/Pentacon 50mm. I’m pretty much sold on the combination now.
A photo from inside Durham Cathedral, with a flagrant disregard for the ‘no photography’ signs at the entrance.
I wanted to try out a new combination of camera, lens and film so have been lugging around a Canon FTb with a sweet Pentacon 50mm prime attached to it via an adaptor (the Pentacon is m42 fitment) loaded with a roll of TMax 400. I processed the film last week but have only just managed to scan it today and this is just one of the photos off the roll. I’m fairly pleased with the results, the 400iso TMax is fairly forgiving in most situations and seems to have a decent balance between contrast, tone and grain.
I knew the Pentacon was a gem, having used it in the past with good results, but the FTb was new territory having had it given to me by a workmate who found it in his attic! Turns out its a very nice camera to use, perhaps a touch on the heavy side – especially with the Pentacon attached – but based on the results of this film it could well replace my Yashica Electro as my 35mm weapon of choice.
For the Dev-nerds, TMax 400 in Rodinal @ 1:80 for 16mins, inversion for first minute then every 2mins, seems to have kept the grain down nicely.
The Kirkstone Pass
runs between Windermere and Penrith and is, at its highest point of 1489ft, the highest drivable route in the Lake District.
Although it was pretty misty while we were there the scenery was still utterly stunning. We stopped alongside the Kirkstone Pass Inn, the third highest pub in the country, to take some photos as the sun was starting to go down and creating some simply amazing light through the last of the days mist.
24 miles of twists and turns make it a great drive, not especially fast, but very involving and requiring a decent level of concentration at points if you want to ‘make good progress’. Obviously driving the whole route in that way would mean you missed a lot of the countryside (or ended up in it) but sometimes its hard to resist!
I found this photo tucked away in a backup folder and I can’t for the life of me think why I’d not blogged it. If memory serves it was taken on my Yashica Electro using XP2 – but its been a while, so that may not be correct.
I love the Granger Market in Newcastle for stuff like this, I’m going to make an effort to get back in there and do some candid/street stuff as there really are some great characters walking the aisles - both customers and traders.