That Was The Month That Was: April 2019

April’s round up of bits and pieces, mainly consisting of the animals and Ella. Oh, and a castle.

This month I used only my Nikon F100. Coupled with the fantastic Nikon Nikon 35mm AF-D (and occasionally the 50mm f/1.8 AF-D), I’d be happy if that was the only 35mm camera I could have. The snappy auto-focus is great for these middle-ages eyes. And besides, when I want to slow things down I just grab one of my medium format cameras.

Nikon F100 / Kosmo Foto Mono / Developed in D76 1+1

Brookwood Cemetery

Cowdray Castle in Midhurst is one of England’s most important early Tudor houses and is known to have been visited by both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. It was built in 1542, but in 1793, whilst undergoing repairs and refurbishments for the impending marriage of the 8th Viscount Montague, a devastating fire took hold and most of the property was destroyed. The Kitchen Tower is the only part of the mansion to remain intact. More significantly, I have to walk past it on the way back from the pub.

cowdray castle

It’s a rare month that I don’t have at least a quick wander round Brookwood Cemetery

Brookwood Cemetery

Brookwood Cemetery

Brookwood Cemetery

Brookwood Cemetery

Saint Edward Brotherhood is a small Orthodox Christian monastery in Brookwood. Enshrined in the church are the relics of St Edward The Martyr, the King of England who died in 978 and who was succeeded by force by Ethelred the Unready.

Church of St. Edward the Martyr Brookwood

Nikon F100 / Kodak Tmax 100 / Developed in D76 1+1

Nikon F100

Nikon F100

Nikon F100

I snap this guy quite a lot, mainly because he’s right outside my house. Local resident Charles James Fox was a prominent British Whig statesman whose parliamentary career spanned 38 years in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He served briefly as Foreign Secretary, and much like a more recent incumbent of that post, he was famed for his licentiousness. However, unlike Boris Johnson, he didn’t play a major part in turning the UK in to a laughing stock.

Nikon F100

Nikon F100

Nikon F100

Nikon F100

midhurst ponds

Daisy sporting her best Austin Powers ruffle

springer spaniel

Nikon F100

Nikon F100

Nikon F100

Kodak trumpet Tmax 400 as the world’s sharpest 400 speed film. I can’t disagree. It’s incredibly fine-grained for a film of that speed, and if I could only ever shoot one film then this would be a perfect all rounder. The F100 has a max shutter speed of 1/8000, so you can still shoot fast film fully open in the brightest light.

Nikon F100 / Kodak Tmax 400 / Developed in D76 1+1

Nikon F100

Down to West Wittering beach with the dogs

Nikon F100

“I bloody love sausage rolls, me”

“Mention I have sand on my face and you die….”

Nikon F100

“That’s enough excitement for one day….”

Nikon F100