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First, I'd like to thank again Lillian King for her User Award on my last upload, Bishop's palace. It certainly made it worth getting wet for! Smile
Walking round to the opposite side of Wells Cathedral (the north side) takes you to Vicar's Close, a delightful medieval cobbled street, with its distinctive tall chimneys (and it was still raining & blowing!). It is said to be the oldest continually occupied street in Europe, and was built in 1360s as an extension of the Cathedral by Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury. He built the Vicar's Hall and Close to give the men of the choir secure accommodation away from the temptations of the town. The Close and Cathedral are linked by a bridge. It still houses members of the choir today and has remained unchanged in nearly 700 years. It's about 140 metres long, and its width is tapered by 3 metres to make it look longer when viewed from the main entrance nearest the Cathedral; when viewed from the other end it looks shorter.
As spotted in V1 by Bill Wooldridge (woolybill1) on my last upload, it was rubbish recycling day (just my luck that we had to visit on this particular day!), and the full length of Vicar's Close was lined either side with green plastic crates for bottle / plastic recycling, which rather spoilt the scene Sad So, much digital fiddling and cloning was required to tidy the street up! At least there's no access to cars, so it was clear of those offending items…
V1 & V2 are looking up the Close, with V3 & V4 being taken from the top looking back towards the Cathedral.

Single Raw images processed in Adobe Camera Raw 7, tweaked in Photomatix Pro 4 and Photoshop Elements 11.

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.
Trev Smile

Camera:Nikon D7100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm VR Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:12 Feb 2014 - 11:05 AM
Focal Length:18mm, 66mm, 26mm, 34mm
Aperture:f/8
Shutter Speed:1/30, 1/20, 1/40sec
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture Priority
Metering Mode:Matrix
White Balance:Auto
Title:Vicar's Close
Username:TrevBatWCC TrevBatWCC
Uploaded:15 Mar 2014 - 10:13 AM
Tags:Architecture, Digitally manipulated, Somerset, Vicar's close, Wells
Votes:43
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Coast
Coast Critique Team 6793 forum postsCoast vcard United Kingdom290 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 10:25 AM

Not a fan of HDR but well executed here and for me the processing suits the subject. I enjoyed all versions but the uniformity and balance of V1 and the backdrop of the Cathedral on V4 are my personal favourites.

If anything I would like a little more sky on V3 and V4 as I'd like to see the top of the chimney and tower and them not being cropped off.

Interesting and appealing work.

Regards
Paul

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DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 10:31 AM

A fabulous set of images, superbly processed and presented, Trev.
V1 is my favourite - I really love long perspective shots.
An interesting write up, too.

Richard

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tractor
tractor  9 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 - 10:35 AM

Nice, especially 1

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 10:41 AM

What a wonderful place to live, Trev, everything is immaculate, and so clean. Four excellent captures. Carol

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cats_123 e2 Member 104000 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 10:55 AM

fine set Grin

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Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
15 Mar 2014 - 11:19 AM

Super set of images,
Fred.

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 11:46 AM

Has to be your first image for me with
the person walking towards you Trev
Lillian

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 12:28 PM

Like walking to the end myself. A great set Trev.

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 434 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 12:39 PM

Yes this is a little gem of street, well looked after still I am happy to see. A lot of people actually miss it.
A super set Trev. They look like prints.
Carole

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2162 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 1:16 PM

Stunning set Trev, each of them impeccably captured and presented....great photography and processing

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 1:41 PM

Superb set of pictures, like your processing. Well done Trev.
Peter.

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 2:57 PM

A fabulous looking close Trev !!
Good set.
Mick.

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SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 54231 forum postsSlowSong vcard England28 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 3:36 PM

What a lovely little road. No cars, no recycling bins (on this day, at least) and no people! Perfect. Smile

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marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 5marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 - 4:59 PM

Great set of images with some amazing sky, really like the effect, gives it an olde worlde look.

Mary Grin

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helenlinda
helenlinda e2 Member 7337 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom21 Constructive Critique Points
15 Mar 2014 - 8:25 PM

I particularly like v1 with those wonderful chimneys so dominant Smile
Helen

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
16 Mar 2014 - 3:35 AM

V3 for me.

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JackBunn
JackBunn  4 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2014 - 8:59 PM

Fab shot trevor and great treatment.

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pamelajean
pamelajean Critique Team 8752 forum postspamelajean vcard United Kingdom1578 Constructive Critique Points
17 Mar 2014 - 5:30 PM

It has an atmosphere of its own, which you ably captured here. Love those tall chimneys and cobbles.

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17 Mar 2014 - 6:13 PM

love the perspective in v1 you really get drawn right in to the photo

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4 Apr 2014 - 7:42 PM

Sorry I missed these Trev would have got my UA mate cracking work
Rob

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