Bristol Cathedral

Regular readers of this blog will know that I enjoy photographing the interiors and exteriors of churches and cathedrals. Bristol Cathedral, just a couple of minutes walk away from my office, is conspicuously absent from my list so far. Last week I decided to take a lunchtime walk around the cathedral as the sun was out and brilliant light was shining into the cathedral through the windows and giving a wonderful impression of light.

As is the usual for my pictures of cathedrals, these were shot on film. I used my Canon FTb with Canon FD 17mm ultra wide angle lens and exposed a roll of Fuji Neopan 1600. I usually push this to EI 3200 but on this occasion there was enough light to shoot it at its native EI 1600. Most of the exposures were 1/30 sec at f/4 or f/5.6.

This is the first time I’ve used the 17mm lens “properly”. I noticed that on the shots that include bright windows, there is a large bloom effect. I initially assumed that this was lens flare but having looked more closely at the negatives it seems to be halation on the film.

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