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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

St Cuthbert's


Nikon D70 @ 18mm, 5 secs, f/3.5, ISO 200


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The invincibility afforded by having a camera hanging round your neck can lead you to some dodgy places!

This is another shot I took a couple of nights ago when the fog was pretty heavy. I passed by St Cuthbert's church and thought there might be some interesting scenes inside the grounds. It was late at night, dimly lit with poor visibility and I was all on my lonesome. Certainly not the kind of place you want to go to unnecessarily. But I had a camera in my hand so it seemed like a great idea!

I spent about half an hour there. At first I was going at quite a leisurely pace, making sure my exposures and compositions were spot on. But as it started to dawn on me that it probably wasn't the best place for someone with a lot of expensive equipment to be, I started to take my shots a lot faster, almost running between locations! At the point of taking this shot I notice a group of guys that were walking past stop to see what I was doing. Hmm…

TAXI!!!

Of course I took my shot first, but that was the end of my late night graveyard shoot! Best not to hang about to see what the guys were up to, I thought.

When I came to look at this shot on my computer I wondered if blending two exposures would have helped bring out more detail in the foreground. But then I realised that it was the dark and foreboding foreground, contrasted with the unusual ominous glow from the sky and building, that made me like the image in the first place.

So what do you think? Too dark and not enough detail, or just right to convey the eerie atmosphere?

14 Comments:

Anonymous KJM said...

Definitely not too dark; it's very eerie, and the colour tone helps this too. Excellent.

12:21 pm, February 01, 2006  
Anonymous clarence said...

Not too dark, maybe you could dodge out some of the bright lights.

12:44 pm, February 01, 2006  
Anonymous Shelly said...

hauntingly beautiful, I would say... well done.

1:59 pm, February 01, 2006  
Blogger |- jX -| said...

very well controlled exposure.. i love the light bleeding in from the horizons! ;p

2:51 pm, February 01, 2006  
Blogger jcyrhs said...

The lack of details did not trouble me at all because the slightly underexposed foreground adds to the overall eerie feeling.

The glowing light spilling in from the horizon seems to tell us that there is something really great watching over...

3:26 pm, February 01, 2006  
Blogger Divine Calm said...

I think it is positively creepy. Excellent shot.

5:35 pm, February 01, 2006  
Blogger CurlyToes said...

I think it's incredible. I'd be very happy if I took that. Loads of atmosphere!

6:09 pm, February 01, 2006  
Anonymous Dougie said...

Great shot John it's very spookie .i think you got it just right .

Dougie

7:03 pm, February 01, 2006  
Blogger Philip Del Ricci said...

Awesome - thanks for posting it.

Peace,
P. Del Ricci - Dark Glass

7:05 pm, February 01, 2006  
Blogger Marc said...

Very moody, the highlights in the background make me think something spooky is happening just out of shot.

8:54 pm, February 01, 2006  
Anonymous marian said...

i'd like to see a bit more detail in the foreground monuments--so yes, I think you could open those up a bit more without losing the mood.

8:57 pm, February 01, 2006  
Blogger DGAF said...

do you ever use PT Lens to correct distortion on the wide end? what is up with the exif? i see question marks. i like the shot and the fog adds a lot to the atmosphere. keep it up

10:33 pm, February 01, 2006  
Blogger Behrooz said...

Thanks for sharing it John. It is a really great shot. I did not find it eerie when I viewed it at a quick glance. I like to think it as a grave sunrise in the graveyard.

12:20 am, February 02, 2006  
Blogger W. J. St. Christopher said...

Nope, no more detail. The lack of "stuff" just adds to the overall mood of the piece.

All of your work is so wonderful and expressive. I'm thrilled to have stumbled into your blog!

9:42 pm, February 25, 2006  

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