Ilford Delta 400 dramatic contrast program

Ilford is one of the leading manufacturers of black and white films worldwide and is known for the high quality of its products. Since 1994, the Ilford Delta 400 has been one of the most successful black and white films in the analogue photography market. We used it to portray an abandoned castle ruin in Denmark.

Granted, it’s hard to find the ideal movie for yourself. But it’s also exciting to discover the variety of films and characters. Quite impartially, we took the Ilford Delta 400 to South Denmark to capture the turbulent history of Trøjborg near the town of Visby.

Trøborg Slotruin (Schlossruine) | ©

Trøborg Slotruin (Schlossruine) | ©

We took the Leica M 7 with the Elmarit M 2.8 / 28 asph. new and a superior orange filter to increase the already strong contrast of the Ilford Delta 400 a bit.

The Ilford Delta 400 is one of the fine-grained sensitive films, is actually comparable to the Kodak Tmax 400 and yet he shows his own style. He is much more contrasted than his fine-grained brother, the Ilford Delta 100.

Trøborg Slotruin (Schlossruine) | ©

Trøborg Slotruin (Schlossruine) | ©

In the shadow areas, he tends to mystical darkness, where he himself even there recognizes the remaining shades of gray recognizable. In this case, he gives the mood of such a place in particular and gives the recordings a nostalgic charm. It draws the contours very sharp and brings details as far as the lens dissolves.

Trøborg Slotruin (Schlossruine) | ©

Trøborg Slotruin (Schlossruine) | ©

If you’re wondering whether the Kodak Tmax 400 or the Ilford Delta 400 is better, it’s wrong. The question is, which film meets the personal taste better and which film is perhaps better available. The Kodak Tmax 400 is a shade of fine-grained, but this should not be a big deal for pictures of historic buildings. We are very satisfied with the interplay of the atmosphere, the light and the Ilford Delta 400.

The History of Trøjborg

It shimmers slightly through the dense woods and we are curious what to expect.

Once a hill was heaped up here, two ditches were drawn around it, then the construction of the 30 x 30 meter water castle could begin. It was sold for the first time around 1407, to Queen Margaret. She sold it but immediately to the diocese of Ribe in about 45 kilometers away Ribe on.

Around 1560 raged the seven-year Nordic War, also called Dreikronenkrieg. Daniel Rantzau from Gut Deutsch Nienhof near Rendsburg successfully supported Denmark and got the castle as a present in 1566 as a thank you from the now reigning Danish King Friedrich II. But three years later, he died and inherited the Tjørborg to his brother Peter.

He immediately demolished the castle and in 1580 built a renaissance-style moated castle, modeled after the Dutch model. Around 1740, however, it was, like other Danish castles, transformed into the Baroque style.

When in the year 1851 the landlord K.L. Knutsen bought the plant, he had no more money to commission the necessary renovations. In vain he tried to sell the castle back to the Danish crown, as he failed in an attempt to use the building for seminars. What remained was the demolition, perhaps to resell the building material. The demolition work began in 1854 and, as we can see today, has progressed successfully. But then the bridge collapsed over the moat. So the workers could not get to their construction site anymore. So the work had to be finished and the castle left to its own devices.

Today this abandoned place is almost meditative. He exudes much peace and serenity. We will come back to discover it at different seasons.

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