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In my 35mm negative files I have about four films which have no dates or locations recorded, I don’t know how I was so sloppy that I didn’t note any details at the time, but now nearly twenty years on it’s very difficult to pin down the dates with any accuracy. Looking at the photos on the reel the best I can come up with is probably 1998 or possibly a year later. Yesterday I decided to scan the whole film to see if there was anything really interesting in the contents. The camera was a Canon EOS 50e with a 20-35mm lens at its widest setting hence the distortion evident on some of the images. Film was Ilford Delta 400 but no idea what chemistry was used.

The first photograph is one of those by which I am able to arrive at the date of 1998, it’s taken near Birmingham from the canal towpath. The subject is a Class 47 diesel locomotive and I was obviously trying to capture the speed of the train rather than make an accurate record. I’m not sure I was terribly successful, a slower shutter speed would have blurred the train even more. Still, it’s an interesting (if blurred) shot of a locomotive rarely seen today unless on a heritage train. The negative has been cropped slightly as the corners were vignetted caused by the use of a red filter. Enlarge on flickr.

The second photo I’m going to show you from the film is this one taken on the road from Southerndown to the tiny hamlet of Norton via Heol-y-Mynydd in South Wales. This is the direction sign at the junction of the road from Heol-y-Mynydd. Once again a red filter has been used and the image cropped to removed the vignetting.

The final photo is probably my favourite on the film and shows my niece and two nephews with three of their friends (also siblings) on a very warm summer afternoon as they were contemplating life. I remember I was wandering around with my camera but they weren’t aware when I was actually taking photos as I was shooting at knee level or lower without looking through the viewfinder. I seem to have captured an interesting snapshot of the era, it was not often that all six were together at our house. Enlarge on flickr.