A view from a hill

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Closed on January 27, 2011

WOW Super Steve!

This is brilliant! I absolutely LOVE the great detail especially on the branches! Awesome light & shadow play! I almost missed those HUGE anaconda like roots, I was so busy walking around in the depths of the landscape! I Liked and Starred your joy for the senses!

BIG Smiles, GG =)))

Steven Stoddart on January 27, 2011

Hiya GG - How about that.. Both on-line at opposite ends of the day!

What fascinates me are the relative ages of the things that are going on here. This spot is in amongst the massive roots of an old Oak tree.. Its branches look out over the 500 year old ruins of the old abbey and it is possible the tree was a wee sapling about the time when the Abbey fell into ruin (assisted by a cantankerous ol' King)

So glad you liked this.. your appreciation (so soon after posting it) is monstrously welcomed!



Rosalyn Hilborne on January 28, 2011

Hi Steve, Ah yes I was going to send you a comment when the phone went, and....forgot!! I love this picture and as you know, in my Favourites. I have enjoyed looking at your gallery very much. I have been to Bury St Edmunds a couple of times and like it very much. Cheers, Rosa.

BritPlom on January 28, 2011

Excellent black and White photo!

reminds me the old days..


greetings François

Cindy Breen on January 28, 2011

Love this one Steve ...I love B&W photography we should take more of it...YS +LIKED

Have a great weekend...Marion

Steven Stoddart on January 29, 2011

Hi there François and Marion- I was not not sure if B&W would work for this shot but it is much more dramatic that the colour version... The trunk of the tree was in shadow but the detail,once brought out, really added to whole thing..

"Reminds me of the old days" François? Which old days would they be, I wonder!

I think you are right, Marion, about using B&W.. I'll look forward to seeing more from you!

Thank you, both of you, for the YS.. reading your posts brought a smile to my face...

(An odd saying, don't you think? I mean, where else would a smile go?)

I hope you are having a grand weekend..


Mahdi Kalhor on January 30, 2011

Lovely scene, like to cemetery!


All the best from Iran, Mahdi

Cindy Breen on January 30, 2011

Hi Ya Steve...My weekend is just about over 9.30 so off to bed get up early no rest for the wicked as they say, I must be the most wicked person around :-)))

The only grand weekend I will have Steve is when i can win a grand LOL

Hope I will keep you on a smiling...

And just for you I will put up a B&W that my sister saw during the week that she loved so it is for the two of you...Cheers Marion

Steven Stoddart on January 30, 2011

Hi there Mahdi - This scene is part of the old Abbey ruins... We had a King about 500 years ago that had an argument with the Pope.. The pope did not do as King Henry waned so he set about destroying many Abbeys this was one of them...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a kind comment...



els f-two on January 30, 2011

super, Steve..! this is an amazing shot, the atmosphere is fantastic, even in B/W..i like it alot!

Steven Stoddart on January 30, 2011

HEllo Els - Thank you, Els! The colour version of this was ok but the whole character of the picture changed when I removed the colour...

I am chuffed you liked it... : )



Jim Evans (AXOTA) on January 30, 2011

It's a fine photo Steve..Top drawer and one for my faves bud!!

I'm bound to be seeing a lot more of this in my comments...Nice work and B+W was exactly the right choice.



vinogradik on January 30, 2011

Hello Steve. Breathtaking view from the hill, and the nuances of lights and shades of colors...wonderfully in black/white L

Steven Stoddart on January 31, 2011

Ah! Hello Jim.. Seriously chuffed this this rates as high as does for you : ) As I have mentioned to others, the colour versions did not have the impact.. It would seem less can be more..

From this point, you can see parts of the old Abbey... that gnarled old tree has been witness to dramatic change and it was this thought that directed my feet onto the hill.

Thanks everso for you warm praise of this... Much appreciated : )



Steven Stoddart on January 31, 2011

Grand to see you have dropped by again Vinogradik!

I used an infrared filter on this and it seemed to make the sunlight on the branches of the trees standout against the sky. My dear old Ma would be pleased if she knew I had finally taken her advice and used B&W more often!

Thank you for stopping by and for appreciating this..



Free Wheels on January 31, 2011

Hi Steve, brilliant capture, love it in B&W. B&W really shows off the light and shade and gives it a life of its own. LIKE & Y* Henry destroying these religious communities had nothing to do with the wealth of assets they had hoarded away for their catholic masters.

Steven Stoddart on January 31, 2011

Hiya Mark - Thanks everso for your generous praise of this...

I know the promise of baubles was not 'enry's prime motive but I'll bet his cronies made a bob or two.. I guess the point I was making (but could have done it better) was how the dissolution destroyed the fabric as well as making all the treasures do a disappearing act...

I'll bet the assets you speak of were just transferred... from one dubious owner to another..

Medieval Bankers!!

Thanks also for the YS and like -



Free Wheels on February 1, 2011

Hi Steve, ignore me, ever had one of those days were you leap out of bed and miss the floor. Well, that was me yesterday. 'enry did pay for the navy to be upgraded from 5 to 60 ships - that cost some medieval bunce.:)

K@rin on February 1, 2011

wonderful view STEVE great mood to it! LIKE it a lot , cheers K@rin

Steven Stoddart on February 2, 2011

Hiya Mark - "leap out of bed and miss the floor" - I've not hear that one before - Very colourful and I like it... I hope your day improved with the passing hours...

May be Henry's idea has some value today!! I reckon Her Majesty could forgo a few palaces and maybe Charles could flog Cornwall... The funds raised could do good for our modern day Navy!

On that republican note...



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  • Uploaded on January 27, 2011
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    by Steven Stoddart
    • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • Exposure: 0.031s (1/32)
    • Focal Length: 16.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.050
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash