I wanted to capture the simple almost austere atmosphere of this wonderful poignant place in a style reminiscent of the tiny jewel like paintings carried by pilgrims.
Within the stark walls of the Abbey of Fontevraud are the simple tombs of two of the great Plantagenet Kings of England, Henry the 2nd and Richard the lion heart along with that of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Isabella of Angouleme.
Although I may have been taught that they were great English Kings, they saw themselves as Frenchmen 1st and foremost.
Tech: a long long wait for the combination of good light and no people, In PS just pulled the shadows in curves and dodged the figures a touch.
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eleparc (24063) 2005-08-05 12:32
brilliant result richard! i am amazed by the sheer quality of the light and to see hardly any overexposure on the photo.. wow! a difficult one to shoot! congratulations!
seb36 (1060) 2005-08-05 12:36
Yes this is great, You managed to get a very good simetry and perspective broken by this ray light. The end result looks great.
Homerhomer (4080) 2005-08-05 12:46
Well Richard, your patience paid off, the light and composition are great, just with the image was a bit bigger, the frame seems to be taking alot of the real estate. Perhaps a bit more contrast in the highlight area could be better (say the concrete between the brick to be bit darker to give a bit more definition).
recepyuksel (17808) 2005-08-05 16:56
excellent use of light
superb compo here
greg (2835) 2005-08-05 19:36
Nice one, Richard. I like the symmetrical perspective, and light is excellent. I think the frame is effective, too. I'd've removed that bright spot top-right...
sway (436) 2005-08-06 1:25
Great photo Richard.
Well done for waiting to get the shot without people.
I love the feel you have captured with the light and shadows. The frame i think adds to this.
timotey (119) 2005-08-06 4:22
Amazing picture with its succesfully done aspect of a painting. A point of view giving a perfect symetry and a light particularly nice because of its smoothness. The depth of field associated to the great perspective give a beautiful point of view of this place. Very well done !
Hanssie (10756) 2005-08-06 7:47
A symmetry which is just great and a heavenly light falling in the abbey, wonderful ! I also like your point of view from here, the best place, good shot, Richard !
bodoo (104) 2005-08-06 8:22
I like everything here - but the light from the windows (and exposure) made it extremely beautiful. I don't like frames much, but here I can see that strong photo deserves one - it is more passe-partout than frame, in fact. *****
Porteplume (3452) 2005-08-06 15:01
Really atmospheric image with a great moody light and the point of view is very well chosen.
In this case I rather like the thick border too.
* Note: Here the region should be: Pays-de-la-Loire, and the complete name is: Fontevraud-l'Abbaye.
Could you please make this change by clicking on "Edit" in the left colom? The webmaster and I would be very thankful.
Amicalement - Viviane aka Porteplume
PS: If you hesitate about typography, please check forum - about spelling or location please check Quid - Villes & Villages de France.
sayzey (2358) 2005-08-06 15:03
Hey Richard, very good photo! I especially like the near overexposure at the back and the evidence of the light cutting across the photo.
I think it makes for a very effective atmosphere! Good choice for b+w
yannick (1471) 2005-08-22 12:33
This is a very nice picture. The point of view is very good, and the light very well mastered, thus giving a religious atmosphere.
jsec (2154) 2005-10-18 8:49
Superb and well worth the wait. This image along with your others are an inspiration. The tech notes are also very useful and interesting.
dsidwell (9783) 2005-10-20 16:18
Very magical light, Richard, and a perfect mood for this image. I love the balance of light and dark tones, and the way the light is used is so very nice!
stefi (1230) 2005-12-08 11:10
I really admire the composition and the atmosphere of this shot, like other yours posted on TE.
A question: why did you use f22? Can't you have enough DOF with f14 or f16 in a shot like this with more contrast and definition of the image? It's just curiosity, I'm learning from your shots.
AiresSantos (56155) 2005-12-14 4:19
Hi Richard, great B&W shot !
I like this perspective, enquadrement and frame.
Gorgeous simetry, good light and shadows.
Very well caprured.
Thanks and have a nice day, Aires
EOSF1 (1944) 2006-01-20 10:10
Excellent, almost unreal picture. Very good composition and flawless technique. I really love the way you do your B&W pictures. Thanks,
verde (957) 2006-01-29 14:27
I really like this shot. The seriousness of the subject is lightened by the ray of light. Great contrasts and the thick frame is very bold and works just fine.
skomy (124) 2006-03-11 6:21
Another one of ur astonishing pics!
I love how u take ur photos in black and white...What i like about this one is the symmetry + the light rays coming from the side.
gren4 (603) 2006-04-30 17:10
I like the perspective in this one and the shapes shapes provided by the light source and symmetry
drago (4832) 2006-05-18 19:57
Wow what an amazing use of B&W in your gallery!Great catch this one,the rays coming from the window along with the tombs create an epic and heroic scene!Well done!
- Copyright: Richard Birkett (merpb) (2001)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2005-04-01
- Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 Pro, Nikkor AF 12-24 f4, Digital RAW, Nikon L37C
- Exposure: f/22, 15 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Old buildings (B&W) [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-08-05 12:19
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