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St Peter and St Paul’s

This is St Peter and St Paul’s church in Eckington, NE Derbyshire. I spotted the glorious light falling on it while I walked around getting images of suburbia (see the last two days’ posts for those).

I’m really happy with the way this is lit – the brightly illuminated tower and spire sitting atop the shaded entry, the light and shadow on the left-hand tree, and the lovely greens of the Yew tree – and all topped off by the blue sky and orange/brown fallen leaves.

FILM - St Peter and St Paul's

Canon Sure Shot Z135 & Fujifilm Superia 100 (expired 2008).

Taken on 5 December 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

From one side of the street to the other

A couple of photos for today’s blog post. One looking south(ish), the other north(ish) from opposite sides of the same street.

The first – the southerly-facing picture – is of Hull Minster. It’s a slightly odd image aspect ratio as, for some reason, the negative for this frame was missing a slice. I like the way there are several couples going about their business in the scene – in fact it almost looks like they might be following each other, walking in an anti-clockwise circle from one side of the street to the other. You can see the tables and chairs at the bottom of this frame in the second picture too, which indicates roughly where I stood to take this first photograph.

I didn’t go inside the minster on this occasion (although I have in the past). I find churches to be impressive buildings, always full of interest – both architecturally, and also because of their history and the artifacts within, especially those with original fittings, and Hull Minster doesn’t disappoint in that regard. Alas, I didn’t have time to pay a visit this time.

FILM - Hull Minster

The second image is of the northerly view and was taken from a position to the right of the post in the picture above – there’s an open plaza in front of the minster, which is where I stood.

I took a couple of variants of this shot. The one I didn’t use had a number of things I liked – a woman in dark clothes framed between the two windows on the left of the image, and the people at centre right were crossing the road and no longer partially obscured by the bin. The one I’ve posted below has the guy in the middle doubled over though, and I didn’t want to lose that. I think he was looking at something in his lap (or maybe even praying with clasped hands), but in the next shot he’s upright again and it lost a little interest as a result.

FILM - People in Hull

There’s another, slightly different, viewpoint on this location in this post from a couple of years back.

Olympus OM-1, Zuiko 28mm f/3.5 & Ilford HP5+ (pushed to 800asa).

Taken on 19 October 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

Another bridge chapel

Back in April of this year, I posted about the bridge chapel in Wakefield that stands over the River Calder. I mentioned in that post that it was one of only five such structures in the country, the others being situated in Rotherham, Derby, Bradford-on-Avon, and St. Ives (Cambridgeshire). The picture in today’s post is of the Chapel of Our Lady of Rotherham Bridge, in Rotherham, which dates back to 1483. This bridge crosses the River Don.

It was raining heavily on the day I took the photograph (you can just about make out the diagonal streaks of the raindrops if you look at the image at larger sizes), but the door was ajar and a service looked to be just about to start. I did try and get a photo of the worshippers inside, but someone came and closed the door just as I took the shot and I instead captured a somewhat blurry image of a clergyman who looks a little bit like a ghost!

This one turned out nicer, and was the last shot on the roll. As I was thoroughly soaked by this time, I treat myself to a fresh cream scone to eat when I got home. 🙂

FILM - Bridge chapel

Pentax Espio 140m & Ilford HP5+.

Taken on 1 October 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

High Bradfield church

A bit of a dip into the archives for today’s picture, which was taken two and a half years ago. This is a re-scan of the negative and it’s been cropped a little ro remove an overly large amount of featureless sky. I’ve posted a few other shots from this same roll in the past, including this one, which was taken a little further down the hill.

The light on the day it was taken was very flat. There was a hint of mist, but it was more of a haze, and didn’t manage to convey much in the way of atmosphere unfortunately.

This was the first time I ever shot HP5+ in 135 format and, to be honest, I was really disappointed. The shot here isn’t too bad, but many of them were just a bit dull and lacking in contrast. Keeping on the honest theme, I now realise that it was more a combination of the conditions and my photography that led to the unhappiness with the results. HP5+ has since cemented itself as my go-to black and white film, and I love the stuff.

FILM - High Bradfield church

Olympus 35 RC & JCH Street Pan.

Taken on 13 January 2017

Film photography · Medium Format · Photography

All Saints Chapel, Steetley

I came upon this small chapel by accident. I’d seen a cluster of farmhouses on the map that I though might make a good photo (they didn’t, as they were behind high hedges), and this 11th century church was across the road. I wasn’t able to look inside as it was locked up, but it made for a nice photograph.

Unfortunately, as with several other shots on this roll, I’d incorrectly exposed the film due to not having the lumisphere in pace on my light meter. I though I was taking an incident reading but was actually spot metering the sky. Doh!

While I’d have preferred correctly exposed shots, I don’t think this has turned out too badly after some tinkering in Lightroom. It has a bit of a faded vintage feel to it.

FILM - All Saints Chapel

Yashica Mat 124 G & Kodak Ektar.

Taken on 22 April 2019

35mm · Film photography · Photography

A couple of churches

My slide re-scanning has continued again today. Here’s a double-helping of churches from the roll (there’re a couple more on the roll too, but they’ve either not been post-processed yet, or I’ve already posted them here when I did the original flatbed scans).

The first is St. Michael’s and All Angels church at Brodsworth (this was taken from the grounds of Brodsworth Hall – there’s a gate into the churchyard, but I don’t think it’s accessible for visitors to the hall).


FILM - St. Michaels and All Angels church

The second is St. Mary’s church at Boston Spa and is another phot I took after visiting the camera fair.

FILM - St. Mary's Church, Boston Spa

Nikon F70, Nikkor 28-80mm f/3.5 – 5.6 AF-D & Agfa CT Precisa.

Taken on 15 October 2017

35mm · Film photography · Photography


The Crooked Spire is the dominant landmark in the town of Chesterfield, not too far from where I live. It sits atop the Church of St Mary and All Saints and there are a number of legends as to how it became this way, but the actual reason given is that it is due to uneven heating on the lead coating of the spire from the southerly sun, which results in uneven contraction and expansion, and that the original structure was both made from unseasoned wood and not designed to bear the weight of the lead.

FILM - Crooked

Olympus Trip 35 & Fomapan 400.

Taken on 14 March 2019