Throwback Thursday travels back to Cheshire, England in the 1980s. I visited the Crewe Steam Rally early on Sunday morning before there was many people about. The exhibitors with machinery were busy firing up the boilers or giving the brass work a final polish.
This traction engine has just had the firebox lit judging by the smoke coming out of the smokestack.
Also known as Yellow Iris and Water Flag.
One from the archives, taken in Cheshire in the mid 1980s. I was playing around with a high speed transparency film, Scotchchrome 1000. I picked it for its pronounced grain and pastel colours, at times adding soft focus or diffusion filters.
I was trying to get an editor or publisher interested in the work. No one was interested at the time although some of the photos have proved popular over the years.
As this is the first Throwback Thursday after Canada Day I thought this selection was rather appropriate.
Not as old a photo as some of my Throwback Thursday posts but there is a reason why I picked this shot. Taken 11 years ago, it was one of the last images I shot on film. I suspect it was on the last roll of film I exposed.
Taken on the Lake Huron shoreline, it’s the Canada Day firework display in Southampton, Ontario. I set up some distance down the lakeshore and photographed the fireworks with a long telephoto lens. The photo also show the Range Light at the mouth of the Saugeen River. The spit on the shoreline that the fireworks are being set off from in now under water as the level has risen since the photo was taken.
It’s Throwback Thursday and as the photo was taken in the late 1970s is was called Scrambling, not Moto X in those days.
It’s also a throwback in other ways. Note the protective gear the rider is wearing, boots, gloves, helmet, goggles and face guard. Compare that to all the body armour worn by Moto X competitors these days.
Another throwback is the camera technology. Film of course but in those days manual focus and manual exposure. A rare colour image as I shot mostly black and white for the local newspaper.
A pair of American Avocets feeding on a slough in Saskatchewan. By the curve of the bills it’s a male in front and a female behind.
A film shot from Saskatchewan in the mid 1990s. Taken from a vehicle window using a bean bag on the window frame to support the lens. A form of Throwback Thursday.