Steampunk Family

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We had a day trip to Whitby and wouldn’t you know it there was a Steampunk gathering. There were so many it was difficult to know where to start. However these guys wanted to be photographed so it wasn’t that hard to get some great shots of some very friendly people.

Leica M9P
Leica Summilux-M35 f/1.4 ASPH.
PP. Analog Efex Pro.

At the Jazz festival

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I visited a local Jazz festival. I was trying to avoid the rain and not doing too well when I spotted these guys watching a band. The contrasts in this shot caught my eye. This shot is in black and white, you can see there are more contrasts at work here.
Leica M9P
Leica Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH

PP. Silver Efex Pro II

Crew change

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One of the things we did on our holiday was to take the steam train on the North Yorkshire moors railway. It runs from Pickering to Whitby. It stops at 6 stations. We had had a long day in Whitby and I was a bit tired, I nearly didn’t make the effort to get off and take this shot. I’m glad I did.  It’s so atmospheric and typical of a bygone age.
Nikon D800
Nikon 14-24 mm f/2.8 @24mm.
ISO 200
1/60 at F/8
PP Silver efex Pro II

Down the pub with Dave

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Before I actually get into this picture I would like to express my thanks to Joe. Joe owns this site. One day we’ll have a pint or two together. Just before I left for my annual holidays my old iMac finally gave up the ghost. I wrote and explained this to Joe – I prefer to do all my editing on a desktop. Joe took it all in his stride and found a very capable replacement for me while I haven’t been posting. So a big thank-you to Jane Laurie for filling in for me.
I’ll start with one of my favourite pictures from my holiday, a portrait of a very good mate taken on a very wet day at the Blue Bell Pub in York (It’s the UK’s smallest Pub).
Dave loves a “Pie and a Pint” as do I. We sat out of the rain enjoying ourselves for an hour or so. I took this    while sitting there and I  think it shows Dave’s fun loving nature.

Leica M9P
Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH
ISO 400
1/15 @ f/2,4
PP Silver Efex ProII

A seat by the window

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This shot is yet another from the hospital. According to my records taken with my Nikon F4s and my trusty Nikon 20mm AIS. As the film was colour (Kodak 400asa) it was mini-lab developed ,and I scanned the negs at home with my Epson V700. It’s grainy but I think it just adds to this shot.

At the exhibition

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My wife and I attended a local exhibition by a known (Maybe not so well) by Lul Krag(1878-1956). As she drew and painted in charcoal and black ink this shot could have made it onto this page without me adjusting it. However I have done a straight conversion and only added the frame this is straight out of the camera (…well almost).
Leica M9P
Summilux 35mm /1.4 ASPH shot wide open at 1/45th
ISO 200
The only lighting was from the lights on the picture,

Goodnight. Sleep tight.

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Bed frames on an abandoned ward at the hospital. The stuff where your imagination takes over and, nightmares begin.

Leica MP
Nikon 20mm f/2.8 AIS via Novoflex Lei/Nik adapter
Fuji Reala film shop developed home scanned
Scanned Epson V700
PP in Silver Efex Pro II

One from the archive.

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This is a shot I took in 2011 when I did more urban exploration than I do today.
I took this at an old derelict hospital not far from my home. It has been sealed off and emptied in the past few years, and is no longer so much fun to photograph.

Leica MP
Nikon 20mm f/2,8 AIS (Novoflex Lei/Nik adapter)
Ilford XP2 store developed negatives
Home scanned Epson V700.

Sorry Joe…

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20190601-untitled shoot-32-Edit-Edit…last week you asked me to keep my junkyard shots coming. However I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share with you my other passion. Cycling.
Last Saturday the annual Tour of Norway passed even closer to my doorstep than it did last year. Here they are speeding over our local bridge ( 5mins walk from my house).What makes the shot for me is the two spectators on the railings on the opposite side of the road. The sky was dark and foreboding too as it had threatened a downpour all afternoon. Still I got home before the heavens opened.

…and Joe I promise to look out some more junkyard shots for you very soon.

Nikon D800
Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 AFS.
PP Silver Efex Pro II