Rough Shores

I’ve just returned from a short excursion in Normandie, France, and have been shooting with my Nikon FE.

While I was away my Leica M4-2 has now returned from it’s service at cameraworks-uk. I must thank Alan Starkie at Camera Works for all his hard work. Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on the way you look at this, Alan and his Son are absolutely inundated with Leica rangefinders wanting service or repair from all around the world. So service waiting time is not quick but well worth the wait I assure you.

Now for the picture…

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Taken last year in Broadstairs, Kent, England after the remains of Storm Irma hit the UK.
I was trying out Fomapan Retro 320, a soft grain film which I now think might better for portraiture rather than landscapes or seascape images, although got to admit the soft tones do have an certain appeal in the image.

Taken with a Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter. Developed in Kodak D76 for 15 minutes at 20°C

Dungeness

One of the coastal houses at Dungeness beach Kent, with the remains of one of the disused fishing tracks in the foreground that local fishermen used to haul their shellfish catches up the shingle long beach.

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Taken on Nikon FE with a Nikkor 50mm F1.8 Ai on Fomapan 400 developed in Kodak D76 for 12.5 minutes.

Quiet conversation

Image shot at Norwich Cathedral, England, under what is known as the ‘Cloisters’ last year. This gentlemen was talking very quietly on his mobile phone. Very please with image as I managed to capture some detail of the old grave flag stones on the floor despite th

Taken with a Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai on Fomapan 100 Classic film and developed in Kodak D76.

Victorian Groyne

Taken on a cold January morning 2017, these are the remains of old Victorian beach groynes at Leysdown, Isle of Sheppey, England.  This was also the location of Robbie Williams video for the song “love my life” shot the previous year.

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Taken on Nikon FE with a Nikkor 28mm F2.8 Ai on Fomapan 400 Action film with a Photax yellow filter and developed in Kodak D76 for 12.5 minutes.

Hanging Beauty

Parthenocissus Creeper plant hanging from a brick wall in one of the back alleyways of Sheerness, England. Taken in 2016, the colour of this plant makes it stand out among the other plants along this alleyway. With the autumnal morning sunshine, I couldn’t resist getting a few shots of this wonderful plant.

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Taken on a Nikon F80, Nikkor 50mm f1.8D AF-D on Kodak Color Plus 200.

Causeway light

Warden, Isle of Sheppey, England.
Two hours after sunrise, on the start of what was to be a very hot day. This was the image I viewed over this old concrete causeway at Warden seafront. The light was fantastic that Sunday morning and I only wish I had maybe shot in colour, as the green algae growing on the causeway was glowing from the light behind though the overlapping waves. Still very happy with the result all the same.

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Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai on Fomapan 100 Classic film with a yellow Photax filter.

Holiday Bus

Taken at Minster seafront, England. While walking the dog one Sunday morning last summer, I came across this old Ford Transit mini bus parked on the shingle by another van. I couldn’t not take the shot having noticed the vans decorative bodywork, lights and mirrors. The tandem bicycle leaning against the van topped off the shot just nicely.

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Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai red Hoya filter on Fomapan 100 Classic, pushed two stops and developed in Kodak D76.

Leaving our mark…

‘Leaving our mark on the world for new generations to clean up’.

Which for me sums up the state of some of our beaches in Britain today with all the junk and rubbish left behind from past and present around our coastline.
This is the beach at Warden, Isle of Sheppey, England. The pebble beach is mainly covered in chalk and hard clay from the eroding cliffs behind, which why the old World War Two defences have toppled into the sea, never to be removed. The old motorbike, well you can have a guess how that got there. The same can be said of the sofa behind me in this shot.

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The Leica M4-2 has been sent off for a full CLA service at cameraworks-uk.com I’m back to using the old Nikon for the next eight weeks or so.

Nikon FE, Nikkor 28mm f/2.8 Ai with a yellow Photax filter and taken on Fomapan Classic 100 film in the morning.

Marsh Ponies

I really like this picture, must get it printed sometime. I took this shot back in February 2015. Taken at late afternoon at marshland by the River Medway at Raspberry Hill, Iwade, England.

A bitterly cold day, I wanted to capture their winter breath in the sunlight. As soon as I stopped the waters edge to get a shot, they wondered off, typical! Curiosity got the better of some of the ponies and these four came back to the waters edge, so got the reflection as well.

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I decided to crop the image in a sort of letterbox format because the foreground was little distracting from the image and the sky was completely burnt out by the sun despite using a Cokin red filter. In hindsight, I had a grey graduate filter in my camera bag at the time, maybe I should of used it.

Nikon F80, with a Nikkor 28-100mm F3.5-5.6 AF-G lens on Ilford HP5 Plus 400 film.

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.