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Vicar's Close

By TrevBatWCC    
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

Tags: Architecture Somerset Digitally manipulated Wells Vicars close

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Coast 10 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 10:25AM
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.


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15 Mar 2014 10:31AM
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.

tractor 13 3 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 10:35AM
Nice, especially 1
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
15 Mar 2014 10:41AM
What a wonderful place to live, Trev, everything is immaculate, and so clean. Four excellent captures. Carol
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
15 Mar 2014 10:55AM
fine set Grin
15 Mar 2014 11:19AM
Super set of images,
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 11:46AM
Has to be your first image for me with
the person walking towards you Trev
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
15 Mar 2014 12:28PM
Like walking to the end myself. A great set Trev.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 12:39PM
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.
ColleenA Plus
5 367 6 Australia
15 Mar 2014 1:16PM
Stunning set Trev, each of them impeccably captured and presented....great photography and processing
Mollycat Plus
4 11 2 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 1:41PM
Superb set of pictures, like your processing. Well done Trev.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
15 Mar 2014 2:57PM
A fabulous looking close Trev !!
Good set.
SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
15 Mar 2014 3:36PM
What a lovely little road. No cars, no recycling bins (on this day, at least) and no people! Perfect. Smile
Great set of images with some amazing sky, really like the effect, gives it an olde worlde look.

Mary Grin
helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2014 8:25PM
I particularly like v1 with those wonderful chimneys so dominant Smile
LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2014 3:35AM
V3 for me.
16 Mar 2014 8:59PM
Fab shot trevor and great treatment.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2023 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2014 5:30PM
It has an atmosphere of its own, which you ably captured here. Love those tall chimneys and cobbles.
17 Mar 2014 6:13PM
love the perspective in v1 you really get drawn right in to the photo
bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2014 7:42PM
Sorry I missed these Trev would have got my UA mate cracking work
redstag 12 100 15 United Kingdom
12 May 2015 6:02AM
Really like v2 and 4 (all good though!)

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