Tuesday Photo Challenge: Decay

For Frank’s theme for this week of ‘decay’, here is an image of part of the heavily-weathered inscription on a gravestone to be found in the old burial ground opposite St Mary’s church in Beverley, Yorkshire.

Time and the elements have worn down the lettering into something almost abstract, although it is still possible to make out some of the wording.

Tuesday Photo Challenge: Decay

The Nave

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.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways

In Memoriam

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:

NEAR

Are the ashes of Mr Richd Greyburn

Who was ye only son of Mr Willm

Grayburn of this town, Alderman

IN

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

HIS

Mournful father

hath created

this Monument

 

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Texture

Tuesdays of Texture: Look Up

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.

st-marys

Tuesdays of Texture

“And his wife made this”

The impressive architecture of St Mary’s Church in Beverley, East Yorkshire includes these graceful curves, which, to judge by the words carved on the little bust (“And his wife made this”), show a feminine touch.

curves

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Circles and Curves

Before & After: St Mary’s Church, Beverley

ABFriday 29 January 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.

Before

Nave before

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.

After

Nave after

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.

 

Horizontal Lines

I have to saythat I’m completely in agreement with Cee when it comes not only to horizons but also other horizontal lines actually being horizontal; I use the Straighten Tool in Lightroom to correct my own errors – as far as possible.

Oradour-sur-Glane, with the Monts de Blond in the background.

Oradour-sur-Glane, with the Monts de Blond in the background.

Some other images featuring strong horizontal lines:

Finally, a couple of other images with multiple horizons:

 

Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge: Horizontal Lines and Horizon