Monochrome Monday… All Saints Church

All Saints Church, RipleyAll Saints Church, Ripley
Nikon FE, Nikkor 50mm f/2, 1/250s, f11 – Kentmere 400
Developed in Ilford DDX at 1:4, 11½ mins at 20°c.

A pre-lockdown image from a beautiful spring afternoon’s visit to the local churchyard…

I owned a chrome Nikon FE around 25 years ago and loved it, only parting with it to fund the purchase of a Nikon F-801s for work, so when a mint condition black one came my way recently how could I resist?

A blog post about the Nikon FE is on its way…

Nikon COOLSCAN IV ED scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Square Saturday… ‘Tin Tabernacle’

Tin Tabernacle, October 2019Tin Tabernacle, October 2019
Yashica Mat 124G – 1/250s, f8 – Ilford FP4 Plus rated at ISO 100

Another image from a test roll of Ilford FP4 Plus put through a Yashica Mat 124G that I had repaired last year.

This ‘tin tabernacle’ is located at Swanwick Junction at the Midland Railway-Butterley and is officially known as ‘St. Saviours Church’ and is available for wedding blessings (although not the actual marriage ceremony for legal reasons), funerals and memorial services.

It originally stood at Westhouses near Alfreton and was built in 1898 with support from the Midland Railway (MR).

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Slide Film Sunday… From the archives

All Saints Church, Ashover, May 2000All Saints Church, Ashover, May 2000
Fujica GW690 – 1/30s, f5.6, – Kodak Ektachrome 100S

I’ve mentioned before one of the ‘perks’ of working in the photographic retail trade being the occasional loan of equipment that I wouldn’t otherwise get to use…

20 years ago (almost to the day) I borrowed a Fuji GSW 690 III for a weekend, shooting a mixture of black & white and out of date slide film.

The above image, of All Saints Church in Ashover, Derbyshire, was taken during a stroll around the village after shutting up the shop for the day. The EBC Fujinon SW 65mm f/5.6 lens gives a wider view than the GW 690’s 90mm that I’ve got used to in the last 18 months (and finally bought from the chap who kindly loaned it to me… thanks James!) and the notes I made at the time show that I was hand-holding the camera at shutter speeds down to 1/30 second!

Epson 4870 Photo scan with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Throwback Thursday… Derby Cathedral, November 2015

Derby Cathedral, November 2015Derby Cathedral, November 2015
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8, 1/3500s, f2.8, ISO 800

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago it was the city of Derby…

I was trying out the Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8 lens for the first time, I didn’t get on with it… Optically the lens was flawless, I just didn’t care for the lack of an aperture ring, something I was used to with my other X-series lenses.

I’m not quite sure what was going on with my camera settings that day… ‘1/3500s, f2.8, ISO 800’ What was I thinking?

Monochrome Monday… A few frames from Tideswell on JCH Street Pan 400

Forget Not The DeadForget Not The Dead
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/500s, f4 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

One of the films that came back from the lab on Saturday was a roll of JCH Street Pan 400 that had been lurking in my Nikon FA since August last year!

Corner House, TideswellCorner House, Tideswell
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/125s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

Tideswell in the Derbyshire Dales (known locally as ‘Tidza’) is a beautiful village, the centrepiece of which is the Church of St John the Baptist, known as the ‘Cathedral of the Peak’.

The dull weather during my visit didn’t do the sights any favours but Bellamy Hunt’s JCH Street Pan 400 film has still delivered some nice, contrasty images…

1929 Ford Model A, Tideswell, October 20181929 Ford Model A, Tideswell, October 2018
Nikon FA, Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 AI-S – 1/60s, f8 – JCH Street Pan 400 rated at ISO 320

Epson 4870 Photo scans with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… In Memory of Joseph L. Anderson

In Memory of Joseph L. AndersonIn Memory of Joseph L. Anderson
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 46mm, 1/210s, f8, ISO 400

Joseph Low Anderson (20), a bachelor and compositor by trade, who was born in Auchtermuchty in Fife, had the misfortune to board a Dundee-bound train at Cupar on Sunday 28 December 1879 and became one of the 59 confirmed victims of the Tay Bridge disaster.

His body was found near Caithness on 23 April 1879 and was apparently only identifiable by his watch.

I can’t resist the urge to include William Topaz McGonagall’s poem about the disaster…

The Tay Bridge Disaster

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

’Twas about seven o’clock at night,
And the wind it blew with all its might,
And the rain came pouring down,
And the dark clouds seem’d to frown,
And the Demon of the air seem’d to say-
“I’ll blow down the Bridge of Tay.”

When the train left Edinburgh
The passengers’ hearts were light and felt no sorrow,
But Boreas blew a terrific gale,
Which made their hearts for to quail,
And many of the passengers with fear did say-
“I hope God will send us safe across the Bridge of Tay.”

But when the train came near to Wormit Bay,
Boreas he did loud and angry bray,
And shook the central girders of the Bridge of Tay
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

So the train sped on with all its might,
And Bonnie Dundee soon hove in sight,
And the passengers’ hearts felt light,
Thinking they would enjoy themselves on the New Year,
With their friends at home they lov’d most dear,
And wish them all a happy New Year.

So the train mov’d slowly along the Bridge of Tay,
Until it was about midway,
Then the central girders with a crash gave way,
And down went the train and passengers into the Tay!
The Storm Fiend did loudly bray,
Because ninety lives had been taken away,
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

As soon as the catastrophe came to be known
The alarm from mouth to mouth was blown,
And the cry rang out all o’er the town,
Good Heavens! the Tay Bridge is blown down,
And a passenger train from Edinburgh,
Which fill’d all the peoples hearts with sorrow,
And made them for to turn pale,
Because none of the passengers were sav’d to tell the tale
How the disaster happen’d on the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

It must have been an awful sight,
To witness in the dusky moonlight,
While the Storm Fiend did laugh, and angry did bray,
Along the Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,
Oh! ill-fated Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,
I must now conclude my lay
By telling the world fearlessly without the least dismay,
That your central girders would not have given way,
At least many sensible men do say,
Had they been supported on each side with buttresses,
At least many sensible men confesses,
For the stronger we our houses do build,
The less chance we have of being killed.