Monochrome Monday: 16th March 2020

Monochrome Monday travels back to the very early 1980s as I continue digitising my slide and negative archives.

This photo of motorcycles in fog was taken in Snowdonia, North Wales as the riders were on their way to the Dragon Motorcycle Rally. A photo taken on Ilford XP1 when I was field testing it. I have posted a different version of the photo previously, this version is the whole negative rather than from a cropped print.

Monochrome Monday: 16th March 2020

CFFC: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

A contribution to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines.

My first thought was of roads disappearing off in the distance.

Having spent part of the winter making digital copies of my slide archives I had found several photos of roads suitable for the challenge so I decided to go with my initial thought.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

A road through Badenoch in the Scottish Highlands in the autumn.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

A closed road near Raymore, Saskatchewan that didn’t have a Road Closed sign stopping you turning onto it.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

Motorcycles in fog on their way to the Dragon Motorcycle Rally in Snowdonia, Wales. Taken in the early 1980s when I was field testing Ilford XP1 prior to its launch.

 

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge: Vanishing Point or Leading Lines

A gravel road on the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario heads towards a section of the Niagara Escarpment.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Nostalgic

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Nostalgic.

Here’s a small selection of places, species or things that I am nostalgic about.

Having moved to Canada in the late 1990s I still miss the European Robin. They were usually real characters. I had one that would land on the door mirror of the car as soon as I parked. It knew that there was a good chance of something to eat. Here’s one having a bath in Cheshire, England.

Bath time

 

Motorcycles in fog from Snowdonia in North Wales in 1981. This makes me nostalgic for a couple of reasons. Firstly, in those days I would strap a camera bag on the back of a motorcycle and take off across the country or Europe. Secondly, the shot was taken with Ilford XP1, I was one of the field testers prior to its launch. In those days I shot as much black and white film as colour. I no longer have the ability to “see” in black and white the way I could in the days of shooting film.

Motorcycles emerging from fog.

 

In the late 1990s I was living in central Saskatchewan, Canada. Each autumn large numbers of Snow Geese would congregate on their way south for the winter. In this photo a flock is taking off from part of the Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. The sight and sound of the birds taking flight is something I hope I never forget.

A gathering of Snow Geese.

 

A hoarfrost covered Oak tree in Cheshire, England in the early 1980s. This is nostalgia about the simplicity of photography in those days. A manual focus camera and a couple of lenses. A few years later I was carrying a backpack for the various cameras and lenses.

Hoarfrost and snow covered Oak tree.

 

Motorcycles in fog.

Throwback Thursday travels back to North Wales in 1981.

It was taken using Ilford XP1, at the time a new type of film announced by Ilford the previous autumn. It was a very early chromogenic film where the silver halide image is replaced by a dye image during processing. This allowed the film to be processed in a regular C-41 colour negative processing line.

The film had either just gone on sale or was soon to be available. I was one of the field testers for it. At the time I was running the photo department of a research institute and was testing the film for use in scientific photography. However I also tested a few rolls for general use.

The Dragon Rally is an annual motorcycle rally held on a mountain in Snowdonia, North Wales in the winter. I was on my way to photograph the event when I stopped to grab this shot of some of the participants emerging from the fog part way up the mountain.

I should add that I intensified the film grain in the photo when editing it as I think it adds to the atmosphere.

Motorcycles emerging from fog.