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Whitby Abbey 5/5

This is a view of the ruins of the abbey taken from the graveyard surrounding the church of St.Mary which you saw at the top of the steps in Mondays posting. I did not go into the grounds of the abbey itself, for which English Heritage required an entrance fee, not because it was expensive, but one wouldn’t have seen very much more of the ruins than I have shown you here from the surrounding area.   You may remember last week I mentioned my image being accepted for an exhibition.  If you have about 5 minutes to spare you can see a video [here] of the entire entry from my camera club, there are some very good images in it.

Whitby Abbey 5/5

This is a view of the ruins of the abbey taken from the graveyard surrounding the church of St.Mary which you saw at the top of the steps in Mondays posting. I did not go into the grounds of the abbey itself, for which English Heritage required an entrance fee, not because it was expensive, but one wouldn’t have seen very much more of the ruins than I have shown you here from the surrounding area.   You may remember last week I mentioned my image being accepted for an exhibition.  If you have about 5 minutes to spare you can see a video [here] of the entire entry from my camera club, there are some very good images in it.

comments (22)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 8 Mar 2013, 00:48
This is simply fabulous Brian! The view from this angle gives such fine detail. I love light in the middle of the graveyard.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Francis, I don't think I'd fancy walking through there with just this little light to guide my way though, very spooky smile
I love this treatment - a little eerie - but I like it! Wonderful video of images - you're right there are some very good ones!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Elizabeth, I guess it would be spooky walking through here at night. Thanks for looking at my video, there are some good photographers in my club.
Best of the series Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Mar 2013, 06:57
Just look what the salt air has done to those gravestones!
Brian Walbey: They must have been made from quite soft stone I think Chris, although they are exposed to anything the North wind can throw at them up there.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Mar 2013, 07:29
How is it possible that ruins can hold so much beauty and charm, Brian!
Brian Walbey: I don't know Ginnie, but this place definitely does.
Got a scary feel to this ...well for me it has.
Brian Walbey: I'm pleased about that Richard, that was part of the intention of this angle.
Love the erosion on the gravestones. The mono colour suits this very well.
Brian Walbey: These gravestones are on the clifftop open to everything the North wind can throw at it and I guess they are quite soft stone as well.
Most impressive Brian! Best of the series for me.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard.
  • Chad
  • where latitude and longitude meet
  • 8 Mar 2013, 11:27
I wonder how many lod bones lie under the soil here Brian.
Brian Walbey: Quite a lot I should think had, although some of the graves are suffering from the erosion so I do wonder if any skeletons to get uncovered from time to time.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 8 Mar 2013, 12:10
good capture
Another good shot,Brian.A touch spooky! Took a look at your video,some good stuff,those judges take some impressing,don't they? smileI still like your firebox pic' though.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frank, I'm glad you still like the firebox shot.
I like the composition and treatment Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Janet.
I like the eerie touch Brian - 'Dracula' processing? wink
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin, that was part of the idea for this one.
I like the shot but not sure about the edge. I joined English Heritage as well as the National Trust, often very useful, especially for free car parking.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John. We haven't got that many English Heritage places near us and the time to belong to both and make visits to make it worth paying two subscriptions so we stick with the NT at the moment.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Mar 2013, 18:02
Great POV and presentation. I switched the black background into white....
Great scene and yes, Chris is right about the weather-beaten tombs.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. I switched the background also and it looked o.k.but in places the straight line of the edge was showing so I really would need to deal with that.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Mar 2013, 18:02
Looks like the gravestones have been very badly affected by the weather.Looks like an acidic attack. Another excuse for me to go to Whitby - I'm a member of English Heritage.
Brian Walbey: They are way up on the top of the cliff Alan which is open to everything the North wind can throw at it, and I suspect it is some sort of sandstone which wears quite easily.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Mar 2013, 19:23
Oh, this cemetery reminds me of an old Jewish cemetery like in Prague - many generations are gathering on one place - this feel of past time and vanity you did express in awonderful way by your photographical treatment.
Brian Walbey: Some of the graves here must be very old Philine and the wind and rain has worn them like this. I'm glad you like the way I have presented it.
Woo - very atmospheric, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom.
I've tried on a couple of visits to try and capture the spirit of this abbey, Brian, and it's very difficult. This is the sort of result I'd always aimed for. A fabulous picture and best of the series.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Graeme, I was twiddling about with this shot and it turned out like this.
Your stark treatment makes it look very dramatic Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Fred.
beautiful shot and well done in b/w. several strong entries in the video, Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ayush. There are some fine photographers in my club as you saw on the video.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Mar 2013, 16:19
I like the busy foreground, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, it seems to work quite well.

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