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I took this image yesterday morning and what a contrast from Sunny weather we had in France. Cold, drizzling rain and overcast, yep welcome home to England!

Leica M-P (Typ 240) Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH lens at Minster on Sea. 2022


French Trip.

French holiday break didn’t go to plan. First problem was the Gas for heating hadn’t been delivered, so no hot water or shower at the house. OK we can live with that, we can still boil a kettle. Following morning making plans for our day the gardener arrived. He asked could I move the car, he was wanting to use his petrol strimmer behind where my car was parked by the house. Now my French isn’t very good, the wife is a little better but the gardener English is even worse, so communications where conducted via Google Translate app on my phone …not ideal. I moved the car and started to get my gear ready when there was a knock at the door. Gardener again rattling away in French and walks off to the back of the house. Thinking he was having trouble starting the ride-on mower, I followed him to see his strimmer had kicked up a stone and hit the car, Noooo!

He was very apologetic and I am insured. So a days shooting lost, with ringing insurance and waiting. Next morning, I’m told to go to France Pare Brise in Lisieux which if you don’t know is an car glass specialist. They tell me because my Volkswagen is a ten year old car they’ll have to order the glass in …a week to ten days. After a number of phone calls including to the insurance company, wasting the whole of Wednesday I find out no where in the whole of North West France has the replacement glass I need. Great, we’re only staying a week and it’s a five hour drive home.

Clear plastic added by France Pare Brise.

Now baring in mind, we have a right hand drive car on right hand drive French roads and seeing out the window wasn’t easy, let alone being able to see the mirror. Not to mention the vehicle was not secure, so leaving it unattended was somewhat risky. My insurance told me if the car was unattended resulting in damage or theft it would not be covered by the policy.


Thursday evening we had dinner in Vimoutiers with the car parked outside the restaurant from where Monsieur Club was taken. Friday we took a chance and made our way to Honfleur with the Leica M-P. Parked in a secure car park, without a ticket the car couldn’t leave the area.

Tablet Photography.
Catching up.

Thankfully we returned to find the car untouched.

Saturday we went back to Saint-Céneri-le-Gérei which is a very tiny scenic village and Sunday for a drive in the Normandie countryside shooting landscapes with the Nikon F60. After a 350 mile very noisy drive back home and once I get my hearing back I will develop the rolls of Tri-X I shot of French landscapes.

Honfleur street images taken with Leica M-P (Typ 240) Summicron-M 35mm ASPH.

Standing silhouettes

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

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

Deluge

Sheerness, England. 2022

Leica M6, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH taken on Fomapan 100 classic film with a B&W Yellow filter.

Erect and the limp

Sorry, tongue in cheek title. Anyway the Leica M6 is back!

Leica M6, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH taken on Fomapan 100 classic film with a B&W 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.

Weekend Races

Isle of Sheppey, England 2022

Leica M6, Summicron 35mm ASPH and taken on Kodak Pro Image 100 film.

Between the light

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

This shot come about this morning as I walking behind my wife I noticed the morning winter sunlight was cut off by the tree shadow and with the dark sky left her virtually highlighted in the middle.

Leica M-P (Typ 240) Summicron 35mm ASPH.

Winter light

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Leica M6, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH taken on Fomapan 100 film and a B&W yellow filter.

Onward

Isle of Sheppey, England. 2022

Leica M6, Summicron 35mm f/2 ASPH taken on Ilford HP5 plus and a B&W yellow filter.