This is a shot of one of the grave monuments at Ardmulchan Cemetery, a site approximately 3 miles outside Navan, Co Meath on the Slane Road.
At this place can be found a ruined church consisting of a belfry and church building measuring 78 feet long. This is situated in an ancient graveyard, and was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin. The church was built in the 12th century, and the last mass was celebrated here in 1613.
Its position high on Ardmulchan hill offers beautiful views over the nearby River Boyne, and down through the Boyne Valley. The cemetery features some unusual memorials including a rare trapezoidal tomb with a highly ornate cross.
A historical journal known as the Annals of the Four Masters records that in 968 a battle took place here between the King of Dublin, Olaf Cuaran and the O Neills. The Dublin Norsemen won this battle.
As well as the church and cemetery filled with unusual stones, this area is littered with areas of historical interest. Barely visible in this shot to the extreme lower left of the stone carving is the ruins of Dunmoe castle, another ruined 12th century structure that has a commanding view over the valley. Facing this is Ardmulchan House, a period mansion from around 1850.
The area is also home to numerous megalithic tombs, ring forts and fortified medieval buildings.
The feeling at Ardmulchan church is one of true abandonment, it sits at the end of a narrow road and to find it, you must know where to go as it is not signposted. This is despite its very prominent location which allows it to be seen for miles around.
The graveyard features finely carved statues (the statue in the picture is the tip of a very tall grave monument), temple style memorials and traditional Celtic crosses. The ruins of the church are littered with rubble from its collapsed walls and you can easily find the finely carved stone window tracery, now shattered and lying on the ground.
Thanks for looking.
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Schnappilic (9498) 2013-10-19 11:34
I like your framing with your favorite theme: monuments. Good presentation with a beautiful background. Well done!
Fis2 (78728) 2013-10-19 11:54
Curious old statue.
I like colors and depth.
tyro (16728) 2013-10-19 12:17
The Republic of Ireland would appear to be a treasure trove of old and ruined churches and some fascinating old graveyards and once again you have come up with an excellent note and a very fine photograph.
I love how you have captured this statue in sharp focus against a nicely out of focus background and how the light on it also separates it from the distant scene. Good composition, fine colours and excellent details and clarity.
P.S. Just one little thing - and I know that the "purists" would make a comment on this - down the right side of the statue and over the distant trees on the right I see a thin pale "halo" which suggests to me some slight problem in processing. I don't know what programme you use for your editing but I have often found this effect in Photoshop Elements if I try to use the "Lighten Shadows/Darken Highlights" feature and if I "overdo" it. Also, trying to darken a sky too much or add too much colour saturation can also cause a similar effect. Just a wee comment (the picture is otherwise excellent) and I wonder if you have any views on this?
nikkitta (10386) 2013-10-19 12:43
As I said you must write a book.... at least your notes will remain in TE, a very good composed capture, with the top of the statue, some landscape at the back, and the very beautiful sky, with some orange tones, seems a big storm is approaching
I like cemeteries and their atmosphere, like stay till the end of the day, as you did
Have a great weekend
fabbs99 (13427) 2013-10-19 13:26
Great structure in the graveyard.Superb pov and exposure .
Amazing sharpness and perfect light. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
macjake (48245) 2013-10-19 13:49
the monument is positioned in such a way in your photo as if its daring you to come in.
as if its hiding something scary and ominous, something bad is going to happen once you enter.
do you get that feeling looking at this one?
and the skyline in the bg seems to re-enforce that too.
krzychu30 (14332) 2013-10-19 13:57
for me the sculpture in combination with so unique looking sky takes on a new,almost mystical dimension!
Just love the mood you were able to create here my friend!
It´s really well composed and framed scene(the sculpture is placed perfectly in the frame,so that we can admire so amazing sky).
Have a nice sunday
carlo62 (22225) 2013-10-19 14:12
questi antichi cimiteri sono dei veri e propri musei da visitare e osservare attentamente.
Composizione originale, forse la qualità non è al top, ma credo che tu abbia fatto un ottimo lavoro, vista la difficoltà della situazione.
mirosu (10094) 2013-10-19 18:35
Outstanding image composition, excellent note. Thank you.
You have found a very strong subject with excellent positioning of the statue in nice diffuse light. You´ve placed the main point of interest, the statue, to the side of the frame which really does strengthen things and creates excellent balance. The nice sky adds a nice hue to the scene. Well done.
Indrasish (2503) 2013-10-20 0:26
excellent shot here.. I like the wonderful composition and slight blurred background.. Superb image quality and nice colors too.. And thanks always for attaching an interesting note with it.. Very well done..
Good afternoon and best wishes from kolkata..
Romano46 (14444) 2013-10-20 1:21
molto bella come composizione con la statua che volge le spalle ad un paesaggio tempestoso e nello stesso ravvivato da qualche raggio di sole che riesce a filtrare tra la grigia cortina di nuvole, il classico paesaggio Irlandese soggetto alle bizzarrie del tempo sempre variabile.
Un'altra bella rappresentazione dell'Irlanda.
Ciao e buona domenica
snunney (75062) 2013-10-20 3:06
An interesting and comprehensive note to accompany this highly atmospheric composition. The statue is perfectly placed and sits well against the lovely sky. Spot on exposure and very good rendering of the textural detail.
Kugart (1776) 2013-10-20 12:14
Nice composition here with the horizon placed low in the frame to show the statue against as much of that dramatic sky as possible. Good clarity and sharpness shows good detail on the statue.
All the best
marabu61 (6301) 2013-10-21 6:24
Yet another wonderful composition from beautifu Ireland. The country is really an endless treasure for ruined castles and cementeries.
The statue stands out beautifully against that superbe dark sky with just a hint of orange glint in the far distance.
As usual your note is very informative too, always a pleasure to read.
have a great day
ourania (21336) 2013-10-21 9:02
I like this simple composition presenting a suggestive theme. The statue is well placed in the frame, making a strong impact but also allowing us to feel the space that hosts all the fascinating monuments and sites mentioned in your note. The skyscape is stunning. It features movement and drama as well as a great palette of moody tones. The sweet warm colours come as a delightful surprise. I also like how the statue's expression can be associated with our point of view. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
abmdsudi (35208) 2013-10-22 22:43
What a place to spend eternity...
The statue looks as if it has been there since Moses was a boy....
I love this and quite bleak, but this gives it a biblical feel lots of interesting details embraced by the surreal atmosphere. The eye-line leads down hill while the warm tones on the horizon draws the eye up to heaven. I love the dignity, the strength and tension in this You know I cannot resist a good cemetery. It's beautifully taken and processed, tx for sharing.
EstudioChispa (1846) 2013-10-24 15:16
Completely spectacular composition, Noel! The dramatic sky, the balance of the dark side and the bright area, the inscrutable smile of the statue, the obvious weathering of the stone, the echo of the light in the second, lower bright-but-more-golden area... all top notch.
Miguel82 (16568) 2013-10-29 2:15
A very ancient statue, good report from that historical and patrimonial site of Meath county, I like the view of the countryside very green in the bg, good effect of the sky, high resolution and pleasant colors, all the best Noel, greetings
delpeoples (50259) 2013-10-30 18:15
I see you've been hanging out in cemeteries again Noel. Well I can't blame you although I don't think I'd have stuck around for too long with this scariness. Jeez this one makes me think that Armaggeddon is night. What a scary, threatening looking sky and the old dude on the right looks like he's about to set his minions loose on us. "Fly my pretties!" I like how you exposed this shot, a challenging one with the extremes of light and the front of the old guy no doubt being in shade. I also like how you positioned him to the right of the frame, allowing the dramatic sunset to dominate the image. Nice work!
mkamionka (28017) 2013-11-03 13:05
this one is another great composition in your recent series of monuments and or statues. It has an incredible dark atmosphere and it looks like it could be a suitable upload for Halloween.
Very dramatic sky and well preserved some features of the landscape to anchor the statue in some earthly context.
Very well done!!
- Copyright: Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) (16131)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-14
- Categories: Castles, Ceremony, Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-19 8:39