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St Botolph's Church

By Jasper87  
The Harry Potter imges seemed to go down well, thank you very much for all the comments, and to Garry for his UA.

Out in the Essex countryside for this one - Beauchamp Roding (pronounced Beecham) near Chipping Ongar. The church is quite separate from the village and is known locally as the 'church in the fields'. I braved the hayfever and climbed halfway up the tree for this view.

ISO 200, 1/30, f22, 24mm. Taken in the middle of the afternoon with a polariser filter but not at the best angle for the deepest blue. Straightened, cropped, dust bunnies removed along with a couple of stray, dead twigs. Topaz de-noised et voila!


Tags: Polariser Church Essex Rape field Landscape and travel

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MoragM 7 1 Scotland
27 May 2012 7:16AM
The yellow of the rape is beautiful offset against the blue of the sky.
Like the way the sun is glancing off the leaves of the tree also.

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27 May 2012 7:32AM
Superb image. Deep
27 May 2012 7:41AM
Very nice image great colours well captured.
Allen, Smile
27 May 2012 7:56AM
Hello Dave, this is an excellent shot, good colour all around, mustard yellow, blue and the deep green, contrasting shot.. well presented too..

franken Plus
14 4.2k 4 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 7:58AM
Well composed and excellent!

User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 8:22AM
A beautiful capture.

nonur Plus
8 17 12 Turkey
27 May 2012 8:24AM
So pleasing well framed wonderful image of light and colour. I love it!
27 May 2012 8:26AM
quite a splash of colour that rape makes love the composition and also the dappled light in the trees excellent composed frame

morpheus1955 10 3 2 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 8:37AM
Fabulous image, gorgeous colours and great composition, and I love the back light through the leaves.

jasonrwl Plus
7 1.1k 10 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 8:37AM
Lovely image Dave - well framed and beautiful light through the leaves
27 May 2012 8:53AM
Morag M has said it above -a beautiful composotion colours and lighting.I was amazed at the endless fields of yellow on my train journeys.Gill
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
27 May 2012 8:55AM
Your climbing skills/exertions have proved so valuable in managing to include the overhanging oak (?) branches giving an image composed of thirds which works wonderfully well IMHO, but still managing to keep the Church at the intersection of thirds.
I think this image is just perfect, Dave.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
27 May 2012 8:57AM
Stunning colour contrast, the church is very well framed here.
Stunning sky, like the light coming through the leaves makes a great effect, good colour well taken

EAS 8 1 13 Scotland
27 May 2012 9:22AM
Excellent comp. Love the back light through those leaves. Would have had to wear a mask to clamber anywhere close to the smell of Oilseed Rape which I find overpowering, so doubly well done!!

woolybill1 Plus
10 22 70 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 9:24AM
Nicely balanced image that makes the most of the yellow base. The church is perfectly placed. I'm also envisaging this as a square crop which would also retain the perfect placement of the church Smile
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 9:26AM
exactly what I have been looking for, not the rape field but the church beyond - loads of rape fields here but not with such a perfect focal point as for the tree forget that (I cant even climb stairs so trees are out) as for the ruddy polarizor I never see a difference when I turn it - perhaps I need a lesson or two/threeWink 10 out of 10 for this one Dave I love it
AnnChown Plus
7 202 1 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 9:37AM
Very well done Dave - glad you haven't forgotten how to climb trees!! Smile it has made for an excellent composition and what really takes my eye is the light in the leaves framing the top of the image. Love it!
MalcolmM Plus
11 720 5 Scotland
27 May 2012 9:39AM
Lovely light through the leaves, & very well composed
Excellent yellow & blue combo, always a winner.. I like the way the sun filtering through the leaves echoes the yellow of the f/g.. Nicely framed too.Wink
CaroleS Plus
7 430 3 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 9:49AM
I like everything about this image, the clarity, composition, light, simply lovely - Carole
CaroleS Plus
7 430 3 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 9:52AM
Came back quickly to award as I feel all the elements come together to make this a quality image - Carole
27 May 2012 9:53AM
Stunning image Dave. With lovely contrasting colours and the overhead branches framing the shot
27 May 2012 10:01AM
Worth the trip and traffic Dave, very much like the way the sun has it the leaves and the tellow against the green...........

27 May 2012 10:19AM
Great image ...
is that name for real ?
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 10:22AM
That is a beautifully captured image, love the light coming in through the leaves
great scene and so colourful
achieverswales 6 8 101 Wales
27 May 2012 10:30AM
You do not need clouds when you have the perfect frame of the branches Dave, awesome capture throughout.


marktc Plus
6 96 15 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 11:11AM
And now I know how I should be done!
Rende 10 38 4 Netherlands
27 May 2012 11:28AM
Beautifully composed and with lovely colours and detail.
User_Removed 7 48 1 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 12:06PM
Super image, great comp', detail and DOF.
jdinne 14 16 England
27 May 2012 12:23PM
Stunning Dave.............Grin


27 May 2012 12:57PM
Very nice John. Perfect comp and colour, sky looks fine to me ::

AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
27 May 2012 1:21PM
Fields of blooming rapeseed plants are always so lovely to view - nicely captured. Like the dappled light in the branches above and the use of them for framing purposes.

xwang 8 56 8
27 May 2012 1:30PM
Beautiful colour contrast, Dave. I hardly use PL filter, I tried once last week. The sky was blue, but the figure is dark colour, at the end, I had to use flash to compensate the light loss...i think it looks better with clouds in the sky.
Actually I feel the yellow looks better on this image, not that sharp bright.. I alway feel that they don't match British sky. BTW, is the field not level?Smile
gary_d 9 576 13 Wales
27 May 2012 1:55PM
This one is going down well too and rightly so, its a beautiful image. - gray
Ade_Osman 14 4.5k 36 England
27 May 2012 2:05PM
The trees in the top of the shot frame the image nicely....Good Work!

jaktis Plus
13 84 Sweden
27 May 2012 2:22PM
Powerful colours

27 May 2012 3:58PM
Stunning with a superb composition.

Irishkate Plus
6 41 110 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 4:16PM
That little Church with it's splash of red is a great backdrop for the rape.
The yellow light in trees at top reeoches the yellow of rape.
Really all gels so well.
moiral 7 12 Scotland
27 May 2012 4:50PM
Beautiful shot and like the light coming through those branches at the top. Much as the rapeseed is beautiful to look at, the stuff stinks like smelly feet I think. Moira
PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 5:48PM
Beautiful image, well worth suffering with hayfever for! Smile
LexEquine 11 19 United States
27 May 2012 6:30PM
'Excellent scenic Architectural Image rendering' ~ LEx Wink
HELANA 7 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 6:31PM
It was well worthy to climbed up the tree for this image, lovely.
nikshot 8 9 1 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 7:25PM
One of the very best, superb shot.

excellent image,super colour,well captured.ray
1881 5 India
27 May 2012 7:33PM
PERFECT DOF, superb image.
derekhansen Plus
8 210 24 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 8:26PM
Like the composition using the tree branches Dave. First class work.
27 May 2012 8:39PM
What a beautiful scene,has it all,1st class,well done..Lin
27 May 2012 8:43PM
Beautifully done Dave, top class image

27 May 2012 8:47PM
Top notch work. Excellent comp and colour, Dave.
27 May 2012 9:07PM
The light is fantastic...
pdcche 6 4 United Kingdom
27 May 2012 10:07PM
Beautiful shot with the oil seed rape crop in bloom.. Peter
Jocelia Plus
6 2 1 Australia
28 May 2012 3:00AM
Your adventures have paid off with your climb for this lovely shot.
Love the light in the leaves too…….

Dave I like the yellow but its a bit heavy on top with
the trees. Not a lot of impact and would level it.
Regards WesternRed.
Superb. Nice colour and framing and good depth using the church and hedgrows.

Nice one.


dmhuynh72 9 44 3 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 8:30AM
Well composed image Dave with beautiful summer colours.
a few weeks ago it looked as if this summer feel image would never happen, makes me want to clean down the mountain bike, feel the sun summer compostion
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 10 England
28 May 2012 12:08PM
Tried photographing some of this oilseed rape a few days ago, and when you get close up to it, it's amazing how tall it is! A handy tree to climb up is useful! Wink Great capture, Dave, and nicely framed by the tree branches Smile
Trev Smile
mickp 11 9 7 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 2:16PM
Super balance of colour to this image. Yellow & blue complement each other.
clintQB 5 51 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 3:13PM
Super church shot...great composition
danbrann 12 636 17
28 May 2012 5:34PM
Almost perfect Dave........ Straighten the horizon and it will be.
hasslebladuk 7 1 6 United Kingdom
28 May 2012 8:59PM
Wow what a shot love the framing top shot
Rock Plus
15 10 2 England
28 May 2012 9:29PM
Now keep up the work Lad showing the south in a favourable light.

netta1234 5 382 2 Wales
28 May 2012 9:58PM
Great colour in here,that goes well together,
Brilliant shot.
almiles 7 38 102 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 11:18AM
Who says shooting in bright high sunlight can't work?! Bold contrasting blue and yellow create energy, there's a great focal point in the church and enough angle to the light to give relief. Personally I love the framing with the leaves because of the highlights on some of them with gives added depth, without that I'd be less keen on them. If I were to change anything then I'd say because the yellow is such a dominant colour in this comp, you could get away with cropping off the lower half of the field (i.e. the nearest part to you) which would make more of a feature of the branches, perhaps a 7x5 frame?

Kim Walton 13 145 30 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 11:20AM
Simple and effective.
For me the light on the leaves adds that bit extra.
PaulLiley 8 2 13 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 11:49AM
Great compo Dave and love the highlights in the leaves. You've got the sectret of 'keep it simple' and good blend of colours for this landscape. paul
Chinga Plus
6 3 1 United Kingdom
29 May 2012 7:26PM
Dito to all previous coments.
The view point made the shot! IB
xwang 8 56 8
29 May 2012 8:11PM
Thank you very much for the MOD, Dave.Wink
helenlinda Plus
10 344 22 United Kingdom
30 May 2012 7:51AM
Yes this works exceptionally well Dave. I've seen plenty of images with the rape and a church in the distance, but its the leaves at the top that make this stand out from the crowd, especially with the sunlight on them - well thought out - well I assume you thought it out rather than were just climbing trees WinkWinkWink
30 May 2012 12:38PM
Like this shot using the trees in the composition it's very beautiful.
CHRISB911 11 54 1
1 Jun 2012 9:39PM
ticks all the right boxes for me Dave, great in depth colour right through the images
from semi retired chris
Niknut Plus
7 1.5k 72 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2012 5:18PM
Terrific shot !!!.....I love the high-lights in the leaves, just seems to add a bit of extra 'sparkle' to the shot....1st class !!
User_Removed 5 112 Wales
6 Jun 2012 1:59PM
I see you like rape fields as well, lovely image and a wonderful PF as well, some really brilliant images
Fefe Plus
5 23 31 United Kingdom
7 Jun 2012 7:14PM
Absolutley Terrific Shot!
Tibetan 5 3 England
16 Jul 2012 7:39AM
Love this the oaks leaves set it off wonderfully well, stepping back in time, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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