As a direct follow on from yesterday’s post, which showed the new Holy Trinity church – that’s if something nearing one-hundread-and-fifty years old can be considered new I suppose – today’s post shows the old church that preceded it.
The old church tower predates the new one by four or five hundred years, with the rest of the structure having been rebuilt in 1684. The construction is of sandstone and the centuries have taken their toll with the masonry being quite worn by erosion in places, particularly the decorative stonemasonry elements such as carved figures.
Having just spent the best part of an hour getting rid of thousands of annoying dust specs on some Fomapan 100 negatives, I’m about done for the evening. Therefore this will be a succinct post where I just add this photo of a gravestone with crucifixion design. It was one of several in the churchyard, making it look like some sort of miniature recreation of Golgotha or something.
Yashica Mat 124G & Ilford Pan-F Plus. Ilfotec DD-X 1+4 8 mins @ 20°.
Following on from yesterday’s photograph of the barred church entrance, here are a couple of photos of the churchyard itself.
The light was very nice on the day these were taken and the blossom on the trees glowed in the sunshine. It was an occasion where I really wished I had a roll of nice colour film in the camera. I had Ilford Delta 400 though, so the colours will have to remain in your minds eye.
A couple of weeks ago I paid a short visit to Tinsley Park Cemetery and shot a roll of HP5+ through the Holga. It’s the first time I’ve visited the cemetery in 13 years – the last time was in 2007 when I took some photos with the Canon S2Is bridge camera I used at the time (and which I still have in a cupboard just behind where I sit typing this).
The cemetery is flanked by industrial units near its entrance and then backs onto Tinsley Park Woods and the land that was once part of the short-lived Sheffield Airport.
One of its most noteable features is the double gothic chapel, whose twin spires cast a distinctive shape in the air when seen from the nearby Woodburn Road. The two photos below show the chapels as you approach from the entrance and then the view as you descend back down the hill from the cemetery graves.
While there are roads around either side of the chapel structure, the arched route through the centre is the most interesting path to take.
The cemetery also has an intersesting lodge to your left as you approach the chapels.
The cemetery was opened back in 1882 and is still in use for new burials today. As with most cemeteries of this age, there are large numbers of impressive Victorian gravestones and other features such as statuettes. Some of these, stood over the graves of Children, are moving to behold.
There were large numbers of birds in the trees within the cemetery grounds. I’m assuming them to be ravens, but I’m not a bird expert and they could as easily be rooks or some other member of the crow family.
As a treat for my birthday this year, I decided to get myself a Bronica ETRSi. I’d been thinking about a different aspect-ratio medium format camera for some time (and almost bought one a few months back), so my birthday seemed a good time to take the plunge. The camera I got is in nice condition and came with the 75mm Zenzanon f/2.8 lens, the speed-grip, and the AEII prism finder. The camera is very heavy in comparison with any others I own and, especially when the lens hood is fitted, looks like I’m carrying a movie camera around with me!
The camera came fitted with the standard, plain ground-glass focussing screen. While this is in pristine condition, I found that it was very difficult to finesse my focusing – especially when using wider apertures at closer distances. However, I managed to find a split-prism finder that someone had advertised as faulty and scratched, so I took the plunge and took a chance on it. The new focusing screen works fine and, while it’s certainly seen some action and gained a number of battle scars in its time, it’s still nice and bright and the focussing is much, much easier with the split prism.
I took a few family shots last week and decided to finsh off my test roll this lunchtime so headed out to the nearby village of Ridgeway for a short walk and to shoot the remaining six frames. While the camera is very weighty, the speed-grip makes it pretty comfortable to handle in both landscape and portrait orientations, and I had no problems controlling it.
I dropped the film off on my way back to work and was very fortunate when the lab were able to process it before they closed this afternoon, so a big thanks and shout-out to the great people at Peak Imaging.
Here are three of the shots that I’ve scanned and uploaded.
Bronica ETRSi, Zenzanon 75mm f/2.8 PE & Kodak Tri-X (expired).