Pinholes at the Hopper Mausoleum

I’ve blogged previously about the fancy Hopper Mausoleum in a remote spot in Northumberland, and made a return trip there this week on a very windy day. I took the Ondu multi-format pinhole loaded with Ilford Pan F+ film.

My reason for using Pan F was to try to keep the exposures long enough, on this sunny day, to be achievable using the shutter mechanism on the Ondu. Even at ISO50, the box speed for Pan F, the resulting exposures were around two seconds, which is shorter than I would like.

The wind was easily strong enough to blow over the tripod, so I steadied the kit during the exposure by pulling on the tripod carrying strap, whlist counting elephants for the exposure. This worked well enough to capture the structures without blurring, although there is considerable wind movement in the grass.

My Ondu pinhole camera can be set to make exposures at 6*6 cm, 6*9, or 6*12. On this occasion I chose 6*12, but for most of the 6 images I took the resulting viewpoint was really too wide and the images have been cropped.

On my previous occasion, the church next to the mausoleum, St Andrews, had been closed, but on this day it was open. The slow speed of the film was less useful inside and the exposure times were up to twenty minutes, which I occupied by moving between the pews to try and leave multiple ghostly images. As the wind and rain howled outside, it did feel rather like being in a ghost story.

The film was semi-stand developed in Kodak HC110 developer diluted 1:160, and toning added in Lightroom.


  1. I like these but the last two, totally captivating. There is something about the images that make one feel as if viewing from another dimension. Almost intruding into the past.

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