St. Mary's Church at West Stow

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Comments (12)

Rosalyn Hilborne on December 11, 2011

The sky, the shadows and the sunlight all work together to make this a perfect picture Steve. L+F.

Best wishes, Rosa.

⚔ Richard ⚔ on December 11, 2011

Wonderful Shot Steve, Seasons Greetings. linrich

cindy555 on December 12, 2011

Very lovely shot Steve

LIKED

Best wishes Marion

Steven Stoddart on December 12, 2011

Hi there Rosa :-) Thanks everso for the very generous comment... I am flattered you have made this one a favourite :-)

This is the first time I have been to this Church... Sadly, it was locked... there must be some larcenous parishioners about ;-)

It was a lovely morning.. the frost (one of the few we have had so far...) held out against the sun for a long while but the frozen ground and low sun really added to the atmosphere here...

Have a grand week...

Cheers

Steve

Hi there Linrich - Welcome back... "Seasons Greetings"... It seems like Christmas comes round more than once a year.... it does not seem like 12 months since the last one..

The same to you, however... regardless of how many Christmasses there are!

Cheers

Steve

Marion!! Always grand to see you here :-) The temperature is finally beginning to suggest the onset of winter here... Not so funny are the heavy duty storms we are getting...

Have fun :=)

Cheers

Steve

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 14, 2011

Great result Steve ;)

The visual effect of the church and graveyard in this photo leaves me feeling a certain morbidity in a way that others may not see it..It is as if the graveyard had somehow grown out of the structure of the church in a strange, uncanny metamorphosis.

Food for thought?

jim

Steven Stoddart on December 14, 2011

Hello Jim :-) Grand to see you have called by... It seems an age since you saw the photo's of Orfordness in the Gallery...

Strewth... "Food for thought" is an understatement! Morbidity is exactly the word judging by how this image worked at your senses.

Your description makes me look at it anew. There is a 'sharpness' to this that comes from the low position of sun.. long shadows and a frost that is still evident, does give it an 'edge'.. It sounds as though that could be enough to give you the shivers...

No more than that I trust!

Cheers

Steve

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 14, 2011

You seem to see what I saw Steve..It's a thought process which could be stimulated by the cold frost in the long shadows. Also, the shape of the tombs and gravestones is reflected in the Gothic style of the church. I forgot to say how much I like it!

Cheers

jim

Steven Stoddart on December 14, 2011

Hiya Jim - Don't let past err, 'quotations' from the good book fool you into thinking I am a particularly religious type... but I would love the job of visitng all the Churches in the UK (and further afield) to photograph them. Graveyards too, for that matter.

Village Churches like this seem to act as a guardian to all those 'at rest' in (literally) the land thay surrounds them. Religious belief aside, it is a comforting thought..

Glad you like this...

Cheers

Steve

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 14, 2011

You would certainly get to see virtually every part of the land if only you had the time..

There's a French guy I got to know a good few years back here in Pano, Michel Chanaud, a great photographer.

He has spent years recording on film and now digital, the location of hundreds of French churches. His collection is fascinating..Some structures and locations have changed little since medieval times..Well worth a look!

Cheers

jim

K@rin on December 15, 2011

Just lovely the light and the colors , like it, best wishes Karin

Albrecht H. on December 16, 2011

Very beautiful and wellcomposed picture!!

LIKE 5 & YS 2

My best wishes - A.

Steven Stoddart on December 17, 2011

Hello Karin :-) Only in the winter can you get light like this... So perhaps the winter is not so bad after all :-) Thanks for the like

Cheers

Steve

Hello Albrecht Welcome back :-) Thanks for stopping by and for leaving such a welcome comment :-)

Cheers

Steve

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on December 10, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Steven Stoddart
    • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
    • Taken on 2011/12/10 11:53:15
    • Exposure: 0.096s
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/18.221
    • ISO Speed: ISO100

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