Fallen Star

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The majestic old Benedictine Abbey continues to attract my attention so I could not resist taking another shot..A full moon, partially hidden behind some clouds, gave some extra light. A long exposure and manual focus helped to deliver a pleasing result..Despite all the criticism regarding the Pentax K7's low light level performance, I am reasonably happy with the result..Please feel free to add your own opinions! I thank my friend nanoinca for the idea of the title :)

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Comments (205)

nanoinca on March 10, 2012

Excelente Jim Una estrella bajó del cielo para hacer la foto más interesante aún.


~Marlene~ No Views! on March 10, 2012

I think it is a masterpiece, Jim... how is that for an opinion??? Very well done and simply beautiful & enchanting! YSL

Have a lovely week-end, Marlene

jknaus on March 10, 2012

Wonderful aperture! Like: Happy Saturday Hyvää kevättä Suomesta!: Joni

Rosalyn Hilborne on March 10, 2012

I agree with Marlene Jim, simply beautiful. Another YSL. Cheers, Rosa.

♥♥TRIKER12 on March 10, 2012

Brilliant Masterpiece! I love this, it goes in my 'special folder', who knows, if another weeBOOK9let) is in me, this is definitely going in!

JoelleGiannoni on March 10, 2012

Superb result, your Pentax did very well and so did you! I love this ghosty atmosphere! LIKE.

Have a great weekend, Joelle

Jack Tol on March 10, 2012

I totally agree with Wizard and Breo and I also will add this one to my favorites.



⚔ Richard ⚔ on March 10, 2012

Lovely Capture Jim..A Big LIKE..Regards Linrich

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 10, 2012

nanoinca~~I enjoyed your visit and "star" comment nanoinca :)

~Marlene~~~~The night was still and surprisingly mild for an early March evening..I was hoping to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis Marlene, having chosen a place of low light pollution.. Unfortunately, I saw neither the Northern Lights or the full moon..Instead, I travelled the short distance to the Abbey and took a coup[le of shots one of which I post here...Thank you so much for your kind appreciation, YSL, lovely comment and valued opinion!

jknaus~~~Greetings Joni :) It's a pleasure to receive your valued feedback, many thanks!

♦Rosa♦~~~~It's great to receive your visit and very generous appraisal Rosa..The YSL means a lot to me :)

♥WIZARD & BREO♥~~~~~Good onyer Mike :) Your encouraging words of praise make the effort well worth while! I'm more than flattered by your generous appraisal :) especially for the YSL, a big thank you! Keep me in the frame with the wee booklet please!

JoelleGiannoni~~~A big warm welcome Joelle..It's always a special occasion when you stop by..Your lovely compliment and friendly greeting is much appreciated!

Jack Tol~~~~WOW! Thanks a bunch Jack..I draw much inspiration from your exceedingly generous praise :) Many thanks for the YSL :))

linrich~~~~No less appreciated Linrich, your assessment and approval means a great deal, I'm glad you liked it!

I'm delighted for all your amazing comments guys, it is a pleasure to receive so much positive feedback.

To each of you, I express my profound thanks for your visits, your precious comments, "Likes", especially the Y*, but mostly, for taking the time to look :)

Kind regards everyone


Buts Yuri on March 10, 2012

Wonderful night shot and view! like! Greetings from Ukraine, Yuri.

ka9894 on March 10, 2012

Excellent dark night shot!

I Like it, YS

Best wishes, :)


Milan Stojanović on March 11, 2012

Amazing shot!


Best wishes,Stoja

Hadi Natureboy (Saba… on March 11, 2012

Greetings dear friend

This is a wonderful nighttime shot.

I really like it. Thanks for sharing.

Giorgio Sari on March 11, 2012

eccellente architettura,esaltata dall'illuminazione LIKE saluti Giorgio

Eliton Sloma on March 11, 2012

Maravilhosa foto. Muito bonita.

Belo registro.


Saudações Ueliton,Brasil.

mbe21 on March 11, 2012

Hi Jim,

Incredible night shot, super technique. YSL I see your busy playing catch-up a feeling I know so well. Good to have you back ;>)

Cheers Mick

G. Romanini on March 11, 2012

Dear JIM An unearthly and real good night shot of this Abbey and also the title of it. My Congratulations LIKE 15 Greetings & Best Wishes from Brazil Gilvan

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 11, 2012

ButsYV~~~Thanks once again for your visit and kind evaluation _Yuri :)

ka9894~~~~Much appreciated Kat..It's great to have you visit..It's been too long!

Stoja~~~~A warm welcome Stoja :) Your generous appraisal and YSL means a lot to me, thank you!

Sababoy~~~~Always a pleasure to welcome you to these pages Sababoy...Your good comment is much appreciated!

Giorgio Sari~~~Hi Giorgio :) Yes! this is a very beautiful structure and a credit to the skill of the 13th century stone masons..The Abbey fell into decline and disrepair in the 17th century when the English king Henry VIII outlawed the Catholic church which resulted in the closure of all those monasteries supporting the Roman Catholic faith. Some thieving English guys stole the lead off the roof and stone from the walls. The German navy further reduced the size of the Abbey in 1914 when three of their battleships had some fun in using the prominent ruins for target practice, killing a few locals in the process! Definitely not good sports those chaps!

Ueliton Sloma~~~~Estou lisonjeado com seu elogio generoso querido Ueliton ... A YSL tem um grande significado para mim .. Obrigado!

mbe21~~~Thanks for your understanding Mick..You are, of course, correct! I've been writing for hours and making little headway..I'm chuffed that you chose this for your favourites..Many thanks!

G. Romanini~~~~~Hi Gilvan :)) There is something quite magnetic that draws me, and many thousands of other people, to visit this ancient ruin..It stands majestically high on a headland overlooking the often cold and grey North Sea..It bis a landmark which can be seen for many kilometres, from both the land and sea..I'm glad you liked the photo! I enjoyed your nice comment!

ian1949~~~Greetings Ian and thank you kindly for your generous evaluation..That you chose this for your favourites is high praise indeed..You don't need to worry about my nocturnal activities dear friend! As long as I am safely returned to the crypt before the rising of the sun I am quite safe! Not so sure about the others though!

_I'm delighted for all your amazing comments guys, it is a pleasure to receive so much positive feedback._*

To each of you, I express my profound thanks for your visits, your precious comments, "Likes", especially the Y*, but mostly, for taking the time to look :)

Kind regards everyone


PerO the Viking G- on March 11, 2012

Not sure if I dare to comment this beautiful photo under my current avatar, Jim.

Well, all I can say is that is was done long before my time.

But anyway I have to say that the result of my ancestors ravages makes it look absolutely stunning today.

I hope my like and a Y* can make up for some of the destruction. ;-))

Best wishes,

PerO the Viking

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 12, 2012

PerO the Viking ~~~~~~

Haha Per ))) I love your sense of humour...that's a very funny comment and although your ancestors gave us a hard time for many centuries I think it is safe to say we forgive you..Possibly because the raping resulted in good Viking blood being distributed through the Anglo-Saxon tribes in equal measure! The blame for the Abbeys demise lies firmly on the shoulders of Henry the VIII...Now I cannot remember his lineage but if his taste in women is anything to go by, I reckon he was a full blooded Norman (ex Viking) sex maniac:)

I'm delighted you chose this for your favourites folder Per, that's a big compliment for which I am most grateful :))

Kind regards!


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 10, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: PENTAX PENTAX K-7
    • Taken on 2012/03/09 23:29:54
    • Exposure: 15.000s
    • Focal Length: 45.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.700
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash