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photoblog image Fountains Abbey 5/9

Fountains Abbey 5/9

At right angles to the main body of the abbey is the Cellarium, probably the most photographed part of the whole place, certainly among enthusiasts, and the photo I wanted to get. A cellarium, also known as an undercroft, was a storeroom where the monastery's supplies of food, ale and wines were kept, under the supervision of the cellarer. It’s not an easy place to photograph because of the great contrast between light and dark and this is about the best one of the many I took.

Fountains Abbey 5/9

At right angles to the main body of the abbey is the Cellarium, probably the most photographed part of the whole place, certainly among enthusiasts, and the photo I wanted to get. A cellarium, also known as an undercroft, was a storeroom where the monastery's supplies of food, ale and wines were kept, under the supervision of the cellarer. It’s not an easy place to photograph because of the great contrast between light and dark and this is about the best one of the many I took.

comments (20)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Aug 2014, 00:32
Brian done good!

I can easily see why folks with cameras are attracted here, Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ray, a real test of skill, mines a bit lacking compared with other pictures I've seen.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 1 Aug 2014, 04:36
This is absolute wonderful. What a beautiful place and photographer's heaven...
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, a real test for a photographer.
This one is special Brian... love the depth and the cross views....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter, somewhere I've wanted to go for a long time to take a photo.
Excellent, Dude. You have really sold me on this place!!!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ginnie, perhaps we should have an SC.long weekend in Yorkshire if we could find a hotel willing to put up with us all!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Aug 2014, 06:26
It wasn't built to be beautiful but of course it cannot be thought of in any other way
Brian Walbey: It is certainly beautiful as it stands now.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 1 Aug 2014, 07:00
AlanR displayed a photo of this very impressive part of the old abbey - I like your photo very much, too.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Philine, and Bill also posted his version of this place back in 2008, I have looked at it on his archive, very good.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 1 Aug 2014, 07:15
I can imagine the difficulty in photographing this, as you say, with the contrasts, but vert well done, Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Lisl. Alan suggest bracketed exposures but then one would need a tripod and I'm too lazy to carry mine!!
I posted a picture of the Cellarium back in 2008....doesn't time fly?

This is a fine b&w rendition Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill. You posted two pictures in 2008, B.& W.& colour, I've just checked them out, very good. I wasn't on SC.then and also found Helen's wedding and your family collages, also very nice to look at.
Beautiful image Brian very eyecatching love those angles.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Scotia.
  • blackdog
  • This Sceptred Isle
  • 1 Aug 2014, 09:46
The wonders of post processing show off the structure really well - impossible with just natural light so it would have been a technical nightmare for a film photographer.
Brian Walbey: It is still a difficult task Mike, Alan suggests, quite correctly, multi-exposure but I'm too lazy to carry my tripod.
It is an awesome shot, Brian. You did a great job.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mary, one of the highlights of visiting this place.
This is simply fabulous Brian! You did a great job here.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Richard.
You've made a good job of it! It's a wonderful shot, Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Martin.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Aug 2014, 12:31
LOL.. looks like several of the SC members have posted shorts similar to this one over the years smile I'd cloned out the lamps in mine. Good work on the contrast; I suppose bracketing may have been an idea?
Brian Walbey: Bracketing is a great idea but then perhaps a tripod might have been needed and unlike yourself I don't have a tripod carrier, mine carries a walking stick at times instead smile Bill posted his shot from here in 2008, worth looking back in his archive at that one.
amazing B&W, very good linework
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Chantal.
These places are difficult, Brian and this came out vesry well.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tom, one of the most difficult I've come across recently.
  • gutteridge
  • where latitude and attitude meet
  • 1 Aug 2014, 16:33
I wonder if they sneaked down here at night for an extra bottle Brian.
Brian Walbey: Perhaps the Cellarer had a racket going on the side smile
Great, Brian,you did well,I can see how difficult it would be.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Frank, one of the most difficult places I've photographed in.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk; where the sun rises first in England
  • 1 Aug 2014, 19:20
I might be back ... might is this operative word
You've captured some incredible detail here, Brian. Excellent work!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Beverly, I would like to try it again with my tripod etc.so I could have a go at HDR with this, not a process I'm really into.

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