Third Class

Shot in 2016, I liked the detail on the door handle with the word ‘Third’ behind. Picture shot inside the Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway museum shed, Kent, England.

Still amazes me that we had a third class on our railway system for many years. In 1844, Parliament passed the Railway Regulation Act. It stipulated that passengers in third class must be sheltered from the elements and be provided with seats . The upper class would repose in the comforts of first class. The middle classes went about their business in second, and for the workers, there was third, and remained that way until 1956.

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Taken on Nikon FE with a Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai on Fomapan 400.
Developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 12.5 minutes at 20ºc.

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Charlie

This is my dog Charlie who’s now a year old. I took this picture in the house we stayed at in Vimoutiers, France. I don’t often shoot colour film, mainly because of the subjects I like to take pictures of tend to lend themselves to black and white images really.

Sunlight was coming from the window behind the sofa over his head, and more from the patio doors opposite. The light reading was not easy with my Weston meter to get this shot, so I took the reading from the sofa it self, which is a brown leather and out of direct light. Charlie is a not pure black like when he was a puppy in the first image ‘Welcome’ his coat is more a smoky grey colour now so the image of him looks a little washed out with the light coming from behind, although I am very pleased with the result of the picture.

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Taken on Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 using a Weston Master V and taken on AGFA Vista 200 film.

Orne

Scenic shot from River Orne, in Argentan, Normandie, France. I liked the contrast between the dark shadow of the trees over the water to the buildings and sky beyond.
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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film, plus a yellow B&W filter and developed in Kodak D76 stock for 8 minutes at 24ºc.

Always Unseen

Homeless man in Rue Hamon, Caen, France.
Most of the homeless in France I have observed seem to be older people, unlike here in the United Kingdom where it’s most homeless people are of younger generation.
Seeing the reflection in the shop window, and catching the passerby oblivious to the man sitting on the pavement, made for great street photography picture.
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Taken on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 lens on Kodak Tri-X film.

 

Bike Reflection

Honfleur, France. It had just rained when I noticed this powered bike leaning against this sign post and liking the reflection across the paving stones I took the picture. The clippings in the granite stones gives the reflection it’s distinctive look.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film and developed in Kodak D76 stock for 8 minutes at 24ºc.

Cane & Wicker

Honfleur, France. Outside under some trees behind the L’absinthe Restaurant where these tables and chairs not in use. I was taken with the pattern of the seats, they way three tables were aligned, plus the curvature of the stone paving. The composition was just right for me, so I felt it was worth a few frames.

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Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film and developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 8 minutes at 24ºc.

The Waiting Table

I took this picture while we waited for our lunch, from under the front canopy of the restaurant along ‘Quai Sainte-Catherine’ at Honfleur, France. I liked the view of this shot panned out from the table to the other patrons and finally the boats in the harbour. I had to bracket the shot with five exposures being a little uncertain of the reading with my Weston Euro meter. Between the dark shadows under the canopies and getting a happy medium with the bright sunlight in the harbour and without silhouetting the people opposite. I’m very please with this image how it came out in the end.

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Taken on my Leica M4-2 with a Summicron 50mm f/2. Film used Kodak Tri-X 400 and developed in Kodak D76 1:1 for 13 minutes at 20ºc.