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Where in the world?

By redstag  
From the outside this building could easily be in the Tuscan hills or maybe Turkey/the Ukraine or similar.
In fact it is in Wiltshire, Wilton to be exact. Wilton is the ancient capital of Wiltshire and until they built a bridge and a Cathedral a couple of miles down the road in Salisbury so it remained.
King Alfred fought a decisive battle against the Danes here too.
Now though it is a small town just outside Salisbury. But it is the seat of the Dukes of Pembroke, and it is to them that Wilton owes its debt of gratitude for this out of place building.
It is based in design on a basilica in Lombardy and was designed by the Architect TH Wyatt.
I arrived here in the early evening having been spending the day dealing with more mundane matters as I will be moving down here with my job very soon. The church was open and appeared to be deserted, so I set up my tripod and began to shape up a shot. As I was doing so a lady arrived. We got into conversation about the building, about religion and the fact they are currently waiting for a new vicar. The result of this is that I only managed to get a couple of shots inside and will have to go back to reshoot them. One day I will learn how to take a level image!!!
So I moved outside. The main shot here is very distorted and with the sun in the corner took a bit of work to clear away the lens flare! But given the way the suns rays have come out and the colour in the stone I'd like to think it was worth the effort. (normally I would have just deleted it!).
One criticism I expect to receive is the converging verticals. I have two answers to that, V2 being one, the other paraphrasing a far better Tog than me who said about one of his shots of York Minster, 'They do converge when you look at them from the ground, so that's how it should be!' (Words to that effect any way!)
Finally the V3 is the straight out of Photomatix HDR conversion, just so you can marvel at my cloning ability (but don't look too closely!)

Hope you like this image, it is a hidden treasure well worth seeking out.


Tags: Church Architecture Wiltshire Landscape and travel Wilton Italianate Byzantine Romanesque

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NikkiW 15 33 United Kingdom
21 May 2008 7:13PM
love the sun rays...adds a little 'magic' to a good picture
Buffalo_Tom Plus
16 2.3k 29 Wales
21 May 2008 7:15PM
Love the details,V2 best for me.Excellent.
21 May 2008 7:15PM
What a fantastic shot. I dont think that anyone could modify this to make it better. This is flawless photography redstag.
Well Done

vagabond 16 39 1 Wales
21 May 2008 7:20PM
Lovely image, worth the effort.
Sezz 17 619 15 England
21 May 2008 7:22PM
What a great find Jon, like the angle, the colour of the stonework, and the light and shadows. Difficult call but I think V2 for me.

Sarah *
Hugeknot 17 1.2k 2 Iceland
21 May 2008 7:25PM
Great HDR with well controlled flare!
Richsr 15 91 223 England
21 May 2008 7:25PM
Like the details and tones in this -well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.
C_Daniels 17 399 10 England
21 May 2008 7:31PM
Quite an interesting take on it and description,
Wooly 16 112 4 England
21 May 2008 7:41PM
I like it Nick, the angle gives it a bit of drama and good job with the cloning.

Reading your story I half expected you to say they'd made you vicar! Wink

Briwooly 16 454 6 England
21 May 2008 7:51PM
Great work Jon V2 for me though but only Just

Paul_cats 16 61 22 Scotland
21 May 2008 8:00PM
3 stunning shots well worked with HDR. Great work.
MikeH 17 218 4 United Kingdom
21 May 2008 8:14PM
I'm in trouble now,
redstag 16 100 15 United Kingdom
21 May 2008 8:20PM
Not with me Mike!

As for Nick, I've already 'fessed up!

HebLight 14 14 England
21 May 2008 8:37PM
In my book of churches it says " Even the most determined enthusiast for Victorian revivalism must find Wilton's exterior off-putting". What a load of tosh for such a great looking church! Admittedly it doesn't look very English but that, to me, is its charm. Somewhere quite different and a challenge to portray it in the best way. You've done a great job but for me it has to be the straightened version which makes it look more imposing as the Countess of Pembroke surely intended (having spent 60,000 on it in the 1840's!!).

What I find intriguing is how there appears to be so much light on the front of the building when then sun is clearly behind (your on-camera flash must be mighty powerful!).
Bodiewil 15 46 Wales
21 May 2008 9:55PM
Wow Jon superbly processed

redstag 16 100 15 United Kingdom
21 May 2008 9:58PM
The joy of HDR I'm afraid! 6 exposures merged to get the balance like this. No flash used!
Got to agree with your comment, but I thought it was 20,000 she spent (mind you that is just off a wikkipedia so...)

Thanks all for the comments

Shutterbybaby 14 529 England
21 May 2008 10:04PM
AS said above the rays of light are lovely, stunning image
21 May 2008 10:09PM
Much prefer version 2.
Great shot.
HebLight 14 14 England
21 May 2008 10:54PM

Quote:mind you that is just off a wikkipedia

I'll correct Wikipedia then! Wink I've got quite into cathedrals & churches now so bought a very good guide and it says 60 grand - but that might include all the fabulous stuff inside that you missed while you were chatting!

buxton 14 England
21 May 2008 11:09PM
Great 3 shots, love the detail. Nice work.
kcranmer 14 22 United States
23 May 2008 7:04AM
Definately looks amazing enlarged, wooooow...awesome pov!

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