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Below a crooked spire

As I’m still top-and-tailing my camera review post (it’ll no doubt be a crushing disappointment after I’ve carped on about it so much over the last week or so…) so I’ll drop in a few photos I took inside St. Mary and All Saints church in Chesterfield a couple off weeks ago. This is the church famous for it’s crooked spire, a phenomenon believed to be caused by uneven heating of the lead in the stucture by the sun. While I’ve made a number of photos of the spire and outside of the building in the past, I’ve only ventured inside on two or three occasions – including this one.

I quite enjoy making pictures of the artefacts and ephemera within churches. Theres a wonderful sense of history to be had. As church interiors are often quite dimly lit, and as the use of tripods or (especially) flash are generally forbidden, I decided to shoot some Ilford HP5+ pushed to 1600asa. While this increased the grain and contrast a little, I’ve found that HP5+ handles both very well and they are not overwhelming at all.

The famous Crooked Spire, viewd from a southerly aspect. This shot was made on an ealier visit using my Minolta SRT-101b, Rokkor 50mm f/1.7 using some expired Kodak Tri-C Pan film.
Socially distanced nave
The nave of the church looking east to the altar. Note the now de rigeur Covid-19 social distancing sign.
Font cover
A stout wooden cover atop the font.
A lectern in the form of an eagle.
Organ pipes
The pipes of the church organ.
Awaiting musicians
Chairs and music stands.

Various statues, shrines and other paraphernalia of the church.

Jesus in a window
Double helix

Nikon F80, Sigma 105mm f/2.8 OS HSM & Ilford HP5+ (@1600asa). Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 13mins @ 20Ā°

Taken on 5 September 2020

4 thoughts on “Below a crooked spire

  1. While I don’t personally understand the people who always push it two stops, even in broad daylight, HP5 does do nicely at 1600 (or even 2000-3200) when the lighting conditions require it. I actually like the increased grain and contrast it presents in dimly-lit interior shots. I’ve got to ask though in regards to the first image, what is Kodak “Tri-C” Pan film? šŸ˜‰

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    1. I only tend to push it where I have a need to, although Iā€™m perfectly happy with the way it looks when I do so. Iā€™d rather only have to develop it for 9 minutes at box speed than the 13 minutes it takes at 1600 too. šŸ™‚

      Tri-C is a little known variant of Tri-X for people with clumsy typing fingers. šŸ˜€


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