3 Prints of Liverpool Waterfront

A couple of months ago I visited Liverpool and found myself immersed in beautiful architecture and fascinating history. It is also a must for Beatles fans like myself.

The Waterfront is an excellent place to take a stroll with a camera (or two). So armed with an OM-1 and OM-2 both loaded with Fomapan 400, we set off.

In this post I will share a few prints I have made from the photos taken that day.

First up is this photo taken from aboard a Mersey ferry. Cruising the River Mersey aboard one of these iconic Ferries was wonderful experience. We took the first boat out that day (10am as I recall…) and there were only a handful of other passengers which allowed me to walk about the deck relatively unhindered to get the shots that I wanted. I caught sight of this view as we returned towards Liverpool, framed by the windows of the ferry itself.

Liverpool from a Mersey Ferry. 10×8 silver gelatin print

This photo was taken with my OM-2 on Fomapan 400 shot at 1600 ASA. Fomapan 400 is a very interesting film, It has a “classic” look. In my experience when compared to a film like HP5+, there is not much detail to be found in the shadows and the blacks are black, which can cause a print to naturally take on the look of a Bill Brandt image which is cool.

This print required a small amount of burning in to the sky area. Printed at grade 4 on Ilford RC Pearl.

Next is this photo of the old Great Western Railway warehouse. What I like about this view is the modern 21st century RIBA north building looming high behind the old Victorian warehouses. Liverpool’s architecture is diverse and stunning. This photo was shot at 400 ASA on my Olympus OM-1.

Great Western Railway Warehouse, Liverpool. Silver gelatin print 10×7

This print was also fairly straightforward, the sky required an extra 10 seconds of burning to retain detail in the clouds. Printed at grade 4 on Ilford RC pearl.

My last print to share with you is this photo of the Port of Liverpool building. It was a sunny morning in January and the low, winter sunlight fell beautifully on the majestic early 20th century building which is one of Liverpool’s “Three Graces“.

Port of Liverpool Building. 8×8 silver gelatin print

I rarely print square from 35mm negatives but this photo worked well symmetrically as a square print and was a straight forward 20 second exposure at grade 4.

I really enjoyed my visit to Liverpool and would love to return with a bit more time on my hands. I feel there is plenty of photographic potential there, particularly along the waterfront.

Thank you for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed it and I would love to hear from you in the comments below.

3 thoughts on “3 Prints of Liverpool Waterfront”

  1. Our daughter lives near the Philharmonic with her partner. They met when studying at the university of Liverpool.
    It’s a joy to visit and wander around.
    Never used Fomapan 400, plenty of 100 in all formats.
    Worked well for you for the subjects .


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