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 (201)

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 24, 2012

V1NCE~~~~I rarely take my tripod Vince..Only because my little dog gets easily wrapped up in its legs...Dog-leads and tripods do not mix! In this case, I sat the camera on top of a nearby stone wall...Many thanks for your fine compliment :)

K@rin~~~~Then you will know how difficult it is to describe the old Abbeys disposition relative to it's surroundings..I'm really glad you liked this night shot K@rin

Sababoy~~~I greet you warmly Sababoy and thank you for your kind Springtime wishes :) Winter in Iran may not yet be over..

Norrel~~~It's always a pleasure to receive a visit from you Norrel and I very much appreciate your generous remarks and of course, the Y* :)

arno18~~~~Much appreciated Arno :)

Yosarsif مهدی کلهر, 3~~~~Eventually, I will venture out into the galleries to review all those new photos Mahdi :) You are at the top of my "to do" list :)

© KennyW~~~~The old Abbey continues to attract visitors Kenny and many a thickly battered cod is devoured under it's watchful eye :) Just as well since the parking fees helps to keep my poll tax down :)

-ila-~~~~I greet you warmly -ila-...it's a pleasure to welcome you to these pages ;) At long last, my broadband connection seems to be running normally...My inability to answer my mail on time is the biggest problem now!

Stuart Murphy~~~~This ancient monument continues to attract my attention Stuart :) it certainly has a magnetic pull!

Eva Kaprinay~~~Good to see you again Eva :) many thanks for your wonderful comment :)

©junebug~~~~Night photography is one of my favourite pastimes Anne..Very often, the results are a complete surprise..and I rarely know what has been caught on the image sensor until it is displayed on the computer screen..I'm really pleased that this shot conveys the feeling of mystery and that special atmosphere that many of us experience when visiting these ancient and historic sites..Your generous appraisal means a lot!

bjgeo~~~~I'm happy for your kind appraisal, thank you :)

beegood~~~~Dear Maja, I'm honoured to receive your glowing praise and flattered by your generosity..The Y* means a great deal to me! The star effect came from a nearby street lamp..It was strategically located for sure!

To you all, I express my sincere gratitude for your visits, precious comments, your endorsements, likes, especially the Y*'s and for taking the time to look!

Kind regards :)


jknaus on March 24, 2012

Great aperture star and nice ambiance! Like: Happy Week-end and greetings from Finland!: Joni

Geezer Vz on March 24, 2012

I'll add my opinion, Jim. It's a really great shot and it's going into my Favorites. Very, very nice.


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 24, 2012

Shaun Thomason~~ A warm welcome Shaun..Some of the light here is artificial since there are a few concealed floodlights around the abbey. However, at 15 second exposure, a lot of that moonlight is registered..I'm grateful for your thoughtful comments and YSL :)

jknaus~~~IT's good to see you Joni :) your evaluation means a lot to me, thank you so much!

Geezer Vz~~~~Finding a "new angle" for capturing this ancient monument is a good deal more difficult than the shot itself Guy..The grounds are closed at night and substantial stone walls prevent easy access..besides, any one caught here could be committing a criminal offence! So I was lucky to find a foothold on the wall to give me the reach I needed to take this shot! I value your fulsome appraisal and Y*.

To you all, I express my sincere gratitude for your visits, precious comments, your endorsements, likes, especially the Y*'s and for taking the time to look!

Kind regards :)


klaustschei on March 24, 2012

simply stunning

Geezer Vz on March 24, 2012

Your valiant effort has paid off handsomely, but A.B.C. (Always Be Careful). Don't be throwing caution to the wind.


It sounds like I am preaching to my kids, doesn't it. I apologize.

Beatriz Barreto Tane… on March 25, 2012

I love the play of light and shadow. Fantastic!

maurodiotto & mara -… on March 26, 2012

Extraordinary night photos, congratulations. LIKE + YS. Hello from Mauro & Mara.

Alireza Javaheri on March 27, 2012
  • Nice shot & very good capture ... - LIKE
Ruud Jakobs on March 27, 2012

Beautiful nightshot L + F, great view, interesting location for night shots!

Kind regards, Ruud

Tomros on March 29, 2012

Wonderful building and Well executed photo!

Like 60.

greetings, Tomas

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 29, 2012

Greetings to all my friends, old and new..I am delighted to read so many positive comments...Sorry for the delay in my response. I look forward to visiting each of your galleries in the near future.

klaustschei~~Thanks for your appreciation :)

Geezer Vz~~~~It's always been ABC Guy..I only take calculated risks..

Beatriz Barreto Tane~~~A pleasure to receive your lovely compliment Beatriz :)

maurodiotto & mara~~~~Thank you so much Mauro & Mara, I'm very grateful for your kind appraisal and YSL :)

Alireza Javaheri~~~Hello Alirereza:)~~I'm happy for your kind evaluation!

Ruud Jakobs~~~I'm flattered by your huge compliment Ruud, the YSL means a lot to me!

TomRos~~~~I get drawn to this old relic Tomas, it has a certain attraction :)

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


Roman Zázvorka on March 29, 2012

Very beautiful photo, beautiful night shot and fantastic ruins from United Kingdom. LIKE. Kind regards and nice day from Czech Republic . Roman

Małgorzata Kasiewicz on March 29, 2012

Wonderful building and view. Like.Best wishes, Małgorzata:)

Səməd on March 30, 2012

Emotionally inspiring! I liked.

Conquilha on March 30, 2012

Im so proud about your nice comments...thank very much Jim.

About this long exposure i LK it very much the light is magical on the left wall...

From Portugal, Conquilha

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on March 30, 2012

Roman Zázvorka~~~Your'e most welcome. I enjoyed your visit and kind evaluation :)

Małgorzata Kasiewicz~~~I greet you warmly Malgorzata and thank you kindly for your appreciation :)

SamadT~~~~Always a pleasure to see you here _Samad..We can all learn something from each other :)

Conquilha~~~It's been a real pleasure chatting with you tonight my friend..your generous appraisals and numerous visits are very much appreciated..

To you all, I express my profound thanks for your friendly visits, your words of praise and encouragement without which, none of this would matter :)

Kind regards!


stacy metcalf on March 30, 2012

Good to have you back, Jim. i can't get enough of your "abbey"

i love the effect of the light & (deep)shadow here and the depth of field (focus). i knew that was not a star but can not imagine this moving capture without it ;)

another L from Kelowna,Canada

Bermard Agulo on March 31, 2012

Superb night shot!

F28 + L69

best wishes,


Roman Zázvorka on March 31, 2012

Hi Axota.thank you for visit and nice comment in my gallery.....

  • I am writing info to you about which you are applying for this photo. This photo was taken

  • Camera: Canon EOS 60D

  • Camera lens: ES 17-55 mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • Focal length: 17mm
  • Focal length (EQ35mm): 27mm
  • Film speed (ISO): 100
  • Exposure: 2.5 s
  • Aperture: 5.6
  • Flash: no
  • Manual settings exposure and aperture: Yes
  • Color balance: 0

  • Kind regards from Czech Republic to United Kingdom. Roman

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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