Standing silhouettes

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Nikon FE, Nikkor 35mm f/2.8 Ai on Ilford HP5+ with a yellow filter.

Rushenden

Out and about with the F60 again, I visited an area the other afternoon which is actually called ‘Ladies Hole Point’ but I decided not to use that name for this post for obvious reasons. Funny how there is some curious place names around Britain and I find it fascinating how they come about.

Found just west of the village of Rushenden, near Queenborough, Isle of Sheppey. Ladies Hole Point wharf is a disused railway jetty and was used for coal washing at one time and later operated by Queenborough Rolling Mill Company. Sadly the site has long since closed and the two cranes, railway lines have been long since removed.

Rushenden Pier

There is only industrial containers and two mobile cranes on the old railway pier used by a marine engineering company. I believe there was also a glue works and a shipbreaking yard here which the old metal was then moved by rail the Queenborough Rolling Mill.

Keep off!

Now having got film developing off to a fine art now without causing disruption to the wife in the kitchen, plus found I quite enjoyed shooting landscapes with an single lens reflex, this is something I think I will do more often. I will have drag out my old Nikon FE plus the Nikkor prime lenses I have stashed away.

Nikon FE

All images shot with the Nikon F60, with a Tamron AF 28-80mm ASPH lens, yellow filter, on Ilford HP5 plus rated stock speed and developed in stock Ilford ID11 for 7 minutes.

Elmley

While waiting for the Leica M6 to come back from it’s repair, I thought I would take out my Nikon F60. This camera I had purchased as a sort of replacement for my broken F80 which I found out was uneconomical to have repaired.

The F60 body cost £15 ($20) on eBay couple of years back and I hadn’t used it since receiving the camera. A couple of weeks ago I found on Ffordes Photographic website they had a new old stock Tamron AF 28-80mm ASPH lens for sale for a mere £89.00 ($120.00) which I’m almost certain is half the original price. Both camera and lens are very light, plastic and I wouldn’t hold much hope I you were to drop such a setup on the floor!

So with two rolls of Ilford HP5, I rated for an ISO of 800, I made my way to Elmley Nature reserve. If your wondering how I push the HP5 on a DX coded only camera, I just used -1.5 stop on the exposure compensation. I had seen pictures of the old school building and was part of the old village of Elmley which from what I read was finally given up in the 1920’s. The church had become derelict by the 1960’s and was knocked down leaving just the head stones. Last surviving build from the village is the Grade II listed ‘Kingshill Farmhouse’

Some nice stormy weather was coming in which with the HP5 rated at 800 and a Hoya yellow filter made some contrasty black and white images. Think my favorite is the first picture and while I’m totally geared up to use a Leica rangefinder system, this made quite a refreshing change using this cheap camera setup for some landscape photography. I wasn’t expecting very good results to be honest but was impressed when I first viewed the freshly developed negatives, even more so after I scanned them.

All images shot with the Nikon F60, with a Tamron AF 28-80mm ASPH lens, yellow filter and developed in stock Ilford ID11 for 12 minutes.

Walk on by…

Taken in Beuvron-en-Auge, Normandy. While visiting this lovely little French village, some middle aged bikers arrived and started looking around. I was amused with this group as from left to right one would stop and they’d all look, then the first one would move on the next location.

Walk on by...

Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm lens on Kodak Tri-X film.

Monsieur

I took this portrait of this gentlemen sitting at a street side cafe in the town Orbec, Normandy. Neither of us could speak each others language very well, but he didn’t seem to mind his picture being taken.

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Taken on my Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Kodak Tri-X film rated at ISO 800 with a B&W Red filter.

Root

Not something I would normally publish, but I look at this image the more interesting I find this picture. Shot on an overcast morning on Minster beach, England. Annoyingly in the distance I could see Southend across the estuary was lit up by sunshine, but maybe the flat light is the why this image works for me.

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For some strange reason which I just cannot explain, the horizon doesn’t look level but if you go to crop the picture and bring the crop line down the horizon is straight.

Taken on the Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 with a B&W red filter on Kodak Tri-X film and developed in Ilford ID11 for 8 minutes at 22ºc.


	

Frosted

Taken early Christmas Day. there was a hard frost over Barton’s Point Coastal park, England as I walked the dog with my wife, it was a beautiful Christmas winter morning, very quiet and cold.

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Shot on a Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 with a B&W red filter on Fomapan 400 film and developed in Ilford ID11 for 13 minutes at 21ºc.

While the boys play

Bartons Point Coastal Park, Isle of Sheppey, England on a cold Sunday morning. Wasn’t sure if these four were related until I spoke to the women after I took the shot, which it seems they were, waiting around while the men raced their model yachts.
Made for a great street photography shot or should that be ‘Lake Photography’?

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Taken on Leica M4-2, Summicron 50mm f/2 on Fomapan 400 Action film and developed at home in Ilford ID11 for 8 minutes at 20ºc.