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The recent extended period of less than ideal weather forced me to assess my approach to my photography. Perviously, my work had relied largely on good light at sunrise and sunset. However, with what seemed like a constant cloud cover, a couple of weeks of inactivity began to make me feel quite frustrated.

As sunrises and sunset were commonly obscured by thick layers of grey cloud, it seemed that afternoon was the time that the light had more of a chance of finding gaps in the cloud. It seemed that I was going to need a rethink of my subject matter.

History, legend and folklore have had a huge influence on my work since the beginning. So the choice of subject matter was a fairly easy one to make. As the weather was largely ruling out convention landscapes, I would just shift the focus onto more historic subject matter shot in black and white, that quite suited the dark skies and brooding atmosphere.

So this was the beginning of my new project. To not just collect images of historic locations but to collect their stories too. I hope that maybe one day it will ultimately lead to a book of some shape or form.

These are the ruins of Monk Bretton Priory, near Barnsley. A Cluniac priory founded in the 1150s by Adam Fitz Swain. It was the place of the Black Monks of St Mary's Priory, found in 'A Lyttell Geste of Robyn Hode'. It became an independent Benedictine house in 1281 after refusing the Cluniac priory at Pontefract the right to elect their Prior.

Following the dissolution, the priory's contents were seized, the buildings mostly destroyed and the stone used to build a home for the Talbots and later the Armyne family. It is said that the Black Monks can still be spotted sometimes, flitting amongst the ruins.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:10.0-20.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:10mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/9.0
Title:Monk Bretton Ruins
Username:andy_AHG andy_AHG
Uploaded:26 Jul 2012 - 7:41 PM
Tags:Architecture, Barnsley, Landscape, Monk bretton, Ruins, Spooky, Travel, Yorkshire
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GillyB
GillyB e2 Member 9316 forum postsGillyB vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 7:45 PM

This is excellent Andy, superb in mono, love the drama and mood that the low POV gives and the fg is so fitting to the overall image .... please put me down for a copy of the book please Smile

gill

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ronboy
ronboy  4 Scotland
26 Jul 2012 - 7:48 PM

great capture - really atmospheric thanks to use of mono

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Bjarni
Bjarni  1143 forum posts Scotland
26 Jul 2012 - 7:50 PM

I really like the atmosphere that this conveys.

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 7:56 PM

cracking mono love the fg cross top shot Wink
andy

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martin.w
martin.w e2 Member 12351 forum postsmartin.w vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 7:58 PM

I agree with Gill, there is a great mood to this image, made by both the dramatic comp and the conversion to mono Smile

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UrbaneMagick
26 Jul 2012 - 8:01 PM

got mood by the bucvket load Andy, love the sun breaking through the clouds & through the remaining windows amidst the dark & ominous cloud.

Gareth Smile

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41029 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 8:28 PM

Very effective treatment for the subject matter, and the cross makes it for me.

Dave

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h4rsx
h4rsx  4 United Kingdom5 Constructive Critique Points
26 Jul 2012 - 9:10 PM

Not often I see a mono with such a great dynamic range. Very atmospheric as some others have said.

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andy_AHG
andy_AHG  5106 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 8:49 AM

Tons of thanks for your UA Gareth. It is very much appreciated.

Andy

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colin63
colin63  6 England
27 Jul 2012 - 9:32 AM

Nice to see you back Andy and a great moody image too

Colin

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Kenfromsot
Kenfromsot e2 Member 657 forum postsKenfromsot vcard United Kingdom
27 Jul 2012 - 6:39 PM

Love the low pov Andy in this atmospheric image.
Look forward to seeing more of your project.

Ken

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franken
franken e2 Member 113060 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2012 - 6:58 PM

Well composed and atmospheric mono image.

Ken

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running_man
running_man e2 Member 8running_man vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 2:57 PM

Great shot Andy very moody. a shot that makes you look longer and think about.

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2012 - 7:01 PM

worked so well in mono Andrew.
regards
Yung

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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4523 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
30 Jul 2012 - 5:39 PM

I think mono works very well for 'dereliction' subjects....& this one's a great shot, with a strong composition, good detail
with the added drama in the sky !!......top notch stuff !!

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff e2 Member 7191 forum postsBillyGoatGruff vcard England199 Constructive Critique Points
4 Sep 2012 - 10:58 AM

What Keith said! Wink

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