Personal Work: Plumpton Rocks, Yorkshire

It’s been a long time since I posted any personal work.  I’ve had the website re-done and that got us into wedding season.  I’ve found myself a bit short of time.  I’m going to put that right, starting now with these photographs from Plumpton rocks.

Here’s just a few shots that I took last weekend to test out a new lens that I managed to pick up for my Hasselblad.  I’ve started to accept that it’s going to be a few years before I can afford a Hasselblad SWC, and so I picked up a 1972 Distagon 40mm lens instead.  It basically works the same, it’s just that it costs a fraction as much as an SWC and weighs considerably more.  You really know about it when you’ve carried it for a few miles!  It’s a beautiful old Hasselblad lens and there’s a ton of glass and brass in there!

Anyhow, we went over to Plumpton Rocks, near Harrogate,  for a walk last weekend.  Fraser, my brother-in-law, was up for a visit so we thought we’d chance the weather and maybe get to take a few photographs.  You’ll see from the photo’s below that I also had my little “helper’ with me too…

I have to admit that Plumpton Rocks came as a bit of a revelation to me.  I’ve been to the more famous Brimham Rocks many times.  They’re not that far away at all, maybe another 10 miles or so.  But then I had a portrait shoot a couple of weeks ago at Plumpton.  I couldn’t believe that I’d never been there before.  There’s plenty of beautiful rock formations hidden within a deciduous forest, caves, and a lake.  From a photography perspective, what’s not to like?  If you’re not familiar with this hidden gem in the heart of Yorkshire, have a look at their website, here.

All of the shots were taken on Kodak Portra 400, rated at box speed or Kodak Tri-X and developed in my kitchen.  Fraser took the shot of the tree with the broken branch.

Hope you like them.  I’ll be trying to catch up a bit with posting some personal work from now on…

For the Camera Fans…

Hasselblad 503CW

1972 40mm Distagon

Kodak Portra 400 @ Box Speed

Kodak Tri-X 400 @ Box Speed