Posted on October 18, 2017
Although I’ve had to raid my existing WordPress media library for this week’s challenge (as I currently do not have access to all my images), I think that this sunset over Beverley, in East Yorkshire, not only meets the theme of ‘Glow’ but is worth seeing again.
Posted on October 13, 2017
Cee’s theme this week is ‘Internal Walkways’. I hope that the aisle of a church counts – in this case, that of St Mary’s in Beverley, Yorkshire.
Posted on September 8, 2017
Cee’s theme for her Black & White challenge this week is ‘textures’. This stone tablet, mounted high on a wall in St Mary’s church in Beverley, East Yorkshire certainly meets that brief, but additionally has quite a poignant tale to tell.
The inscription is very worn and quite difficult to read, but this is what it says:
Are the ashes of Mr Richd Greyburn
Who was ye only son of Mr Willm
Grayburn of this town, Alderman
The dearest memory
Of so dutiful a son
So honest a tradesman
So pious a Christian
Who died ye 18th of May
Anno Domino 1720
In ye 31st year of his age
Posted on September 7, 2017
This week, a brief respite from the usual diet of characterful old French rural doors, with a selection from the mix of historic and modern architecture in the attractive market town of Beverley, in East Yorkshire.
This is probably the oldest door still standing, from the early 16th century. It was the gateway to a Dominican friary that once stood in the centre of the town:
The most characteristic architecture is Georgian, however, and there are quite a few interesting examples still to be seen:
This little cottage lies on a narrow street right in the town centre:
And finally a triple-whammy – three architectural styles in a row:
Thursday Doors 7 September 2017
Posted on January 24, 2017
Take a moment to look up as you enter St Mary’s church in Beverley and you’ll see some intricate carving – as well as some pretty scary faces.
Tuesdays of Texture
Posted on January 29, 2016
Another ecclesiastical subject this week. However, this time it’s an interior – of the nave and high altar of St Mary’s church in Beverley. A lot of people are aware that Beverley has a Minster (basically, a cathedral without a bishop) and you could be forgiven for assuming that this was it, given its monumental scale and rich decoration. However, it’s ‘just’ a Parish Church.
This photograph looks down the main aisle of the church to the altar beyond the rood screen. Apart from the fact that it’s a bit wonky, it displays one of the most common ‘technical’ problems with photographing church interiors: the external light source, particularly when shining through a stained glass window.
The first thing – as ever – was to straighten and crop the image. The pews at the bottom of the original weren’t bringing much to the party and the columns on each side provided sufficient in the way of leading lines.
The bright sun shining through the windows high up on the right meant that some of the stonework of the columns on the left was blown out, while the ceiling between the two arches seen in the original was very dark. The latter I dealt with by the simple means of cropping it out (which also took care of the windows) and I applied a graduated filter effect on the left side of the image to claw back some of the detail that was lost in the original.
The second source of bright light was through the stained glass. I reduced the glare by moving the Highlights and Whites sliders all the way over to the left.
The image still had a ‘cold’ overall cast, so I boosted both Clarity and Vibrance, which gave a much warmer tone.
The key colours in the image are obviously blue, orange and yellow. Reducing the Luminance and boosting Saturation (a little) made these ‘pop’ a bit more as well as bringing out still further detail, especially in the painted ceiling.
Posted on January 2, 2015
Detail from the base of a lectern in St Mary’s Church, Beverley. Of course the subject is the feet, but the reflection of the church interior provides context.