This is a shot of one of the interior corridors leading to the cloisters in Bective Abbey, a Cisterican Abbey founded in 1147. It is in the area known as Bective positioned between the towns of Trim and Navan in Co Meath.
When built by Murchad O'Maeil-Sheachlainn it was considered a daughter house to Mellifont Abbey, the first ever Irish Cistercian abbey founded outside Drogheda in 1142.
What we see today does not feature much of the original building, with much reworking carried out after 1274, and further construction in the 1400's.
After Henry VIII ruled for the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530's (an event that would have huge impact all across Ireland), Bective Abbey fell into the possession of Thomas Agard, who transformed the religious building into a sprawling private tudor mansion.
By 1540, the roof had been removed for another construction project, and the building was left abandoned.
The Irish State took ownership of the site in 1993, and has since been undertaking maintenance of the building, while keeping if fully open to the public.
The cool thing about this place is that it is completely open, so while the roofs are missing, there are certainly lots of little ancient and tiny rooms and stone staircases to explore. There are also these cloisters on the inner courtyard. Although very little remain, those that do are beautiful, with one featuring finely carved detail of a saint.
Due to the building being a safe haven for the invaders from England in 1228, the Abbey was heavily fortified and the two main towers were constructed. This made Bective Abbey the most heavily fortified abbey in Ireland.
Its hard today to imagine what this would have been like as either a monastery or a private mansion with its tiny barred windows, and military design.
Normally when I visit this place, this view is quite dark and grey and gloomy, but on this day the sun was shining brightly and gave a nice glow to the place,
Thanks for looking.
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photographer_sg (4410) 2014-04-08 12:14
beautiful composition full of lovely colours and textural details. You managed really well what appears to be a difficult light situation. Totally enjoyable picture.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
mjw364 (7516) 2014-04-08 12:41
A good use of lines to create linear perspective but most impressive is the exposure. It would have been so easy to burn out the highlights at the end given that the camera will meter for the darker majority of the image. Well done. Nice work.
Fis2 (88779) 2014-04-08 12:56
Good frame and perspective.
Lovely colors and light.
imageme (1790) 2014-04-08 12:58
Hi Noel, Well exposed image with good details and even the texture of the wall is clearly shown. Well control of the light in the far end which just had the door and the wall light up and avoid being over exposed. Interesting POV chosen and it adds mysterious mood to the corridors. Thank for sharing
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-08 13:07
ho la vaga sensazione che avevi già proposto questo soggetto con una foto da altra prospettiva parecchio tempo fa.
Questa però è senz'altro di grande effetto per la bella fuga di linee convergenti verso la parete di fondo in una successione di pareti nelle quali la luce è stata da te gestita in maniera eccellente considerando la grande varietà degli ambienti più o meno illuminati.
Molto belli e suggestivi i colori ed eccellente la finezza del dettaglio.
Una location molto suggestiva che potrebbe essere l'ideale per un film dell'orrore.
Bravissimo, come sempre.
Ciao e buona serata
ourania (35009) 2014-04-08 13:39
amazing how solid this structure looks after so many centuries since it was constructed and abandoned. You have composed and framed this view very well, giving great depth to the corridor and significance to its doorways and openings. You have illuminated the corridor superbly, the homogeneous textures are very well defined and the alternations of lighting and colours are intriguing and atmospheric. Our glance moves through the lighting variations with ease and deight. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-04-08 13:44
I know I´ll repeat myself,but you´re a master when it comes to use of available light.
Great subject and unique and for me quite gloomy atmosphere.
But the most important and impressive thing is the light,the way you mastered it and how it affects the mood of the scene.Great to see different kind of light-from having a blue tint in the FG till typical bright light in the distance.
carlo62 (37205) 2014-04-08 14:34
una luce difficile da controllare, ma il tuo scatto è ottimo e la foto è completamente leggibile.
Mi piace la trama dei muri, le pietre sono ben visibili e distinte.
delpeoples (54455) 2014-04-08 14:58
Gidday dear Noel
Spookarama! I really like the subtle play of light and shade here and I know this was a difficult shot to take as I see such extremes between the FG shade and the strong light in the BG. The light has been really evenly balanced and you brought out the gorgeous colours and textures of the lichen covered walls and roof so well. As I said to Bev, at the moment I'm reading a book of British ghost stories, and even though this is an Irish shot, would be a perfect accompaniment to the book.
Excellent work and I hope you yours have been keeping well
PS: Sorry I'm so far behind in the critiquing. Mum's just out of hospital after more than 3 months now. It's a slow road to recovery, but she's doing really well. So between work, and driving to mum who's an hour away, there hasn't been much time for my beloved TE. Will try and catch up :)
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-04-08 15:56
Hi Noel - awesome shot. I love the interplay of color here, and your composition makes good use of of it. Despite the near symmetry of the hallway, the colors and light keep it off balance in an interesting way. Nicely managed on all accounts, and as usual a great and detailed note. Thanks!
photoray (13182) 2014-04-08 18:09
Attractive journey back almost a millennium via your interior Bective Abbey hallway scene; ancient rock walls and paths with green growth touches. And a bonus with your informative historical note.
Corry (4508) 2014-04-08 20:06
Point de vue intéressant sur les vieux murs du corridor de cette abbaye. Le vert sur la pierre donne un effet particulier à l'endroit. Bonne gestion de la lumière. Bien fait.
jjcordier (78366) 2014-04-08 22:37
L'exercice photographique n'était pas facile mais tu l'as parfaitement réussi. Bon cadrage et très bonne gestion de l'exposition.
jemaflor (88125) 2014-04-08 22:58
Good depth effect and interesting light management, well made, tfs.
abmdsudi (45644) 2014-04-08 23:11
This shot has a mysterious feel to it! What a depth of view and perspective here, you've chosen the exposure for a difficult subject extremely well retaining mass of detail in shadow areas drawing the eyes in all the way. Thanks also for proving the door along with the eye catching distant light for one’s eye to rest - I feel that you have captured this medieval historic sight and the atmosphere so superbly, full of character and lovely matured tones. Well done, Congrats
papagolf21 (89063) 2014-04-08 23:41
Très belle prise de vue jouant avec maestria entre ombre et lumière.
L'effet est spectaculaire sur le lecteur.
Très belle réussite.
Royaldevon (32593) 2014-04-09 2:09
What you have captured here is a mood.
Even with the light, it is very eerie.
Your viewpoint channels us through the cold, lichen covered passageway to the focal door - locked and barred. Yes, it is very eerie!
Excellent textural details, by the way!
Have a great day,
jhm (142794) 2014-04-09 3:25
I feel me there in these corridor, this must are very spectacular, but nice old building almost a fairy tale place.
Nice perspective and depth picture.
Excellent captured, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-09 5:01
Thanks for sharing your wonderful composition. The light management is superb and manages to demonstrate the richness of detail and texture perfectly
Such a rich history and a very educational note regarding this ancient cictercian abbey.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-04-09 11:40
Even though bright light is visible at the end it is the least reassuring. I would expect a ghoul or a zombie to walk in from the opening to the right. Excellent colours and textural details captured. I specially like the radium green on the walls naturally coloured by the algae. Very well taken this mysterious atmospheric image. Thanks for sharing with a good note too.
jcpix (13726) 2014-04-09 16:21
Someone needs to get a hold of the maintenance staff, they've been slacking on the janitorial side of care...look at those walls, they're covered in muck and mire! :) Haha, sounds like a law firm..."Been injured in an accident, need your case handled by professionals, then give Muck and Mire a call today."
I do love the color and texture of these walls though, and the fact there's a very dungeoness look and feel makes it all the more enticing...even a bit haunting. Would you look at that, there really is light at the end of the tunnel..it's not just an idiom.
You certainly chose a good day to photograph as well, that light enhances the entire frame and even infuses some blue tones to be projected in the foreground. Not only that, but it helps bring out the detail throughout, you did a great job on the exposure. Super composition and strong perspective with this solid arrangement. A dark, yet colorful vibe. Stay spooky. Enjoy the new day.
Cheers from the hot box,
Yeah, we've already hit 34c today and expecting 37c tomorrow. Too soon!
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-10 5:29
a superbly executed shot this. I has lots of wonderful textures and perfectly managed light, but it is the composition and enticing perspectives here that make it so effective and atmospheric. A real "if walls could talk" image. Fascinating!
fabbs99 (16813) 2014-04-10 22:25
Great shot of the abbey.Nice contrast and texture as well as depth of field.Very well captured.TFS.
Sonata11 (33526) 2014-04-12 19:53
I really love this snapshot of this impressive architecture. Colors, sharpness, clarity, light are fantastic. Love it. Tfs.
All the best, Barbara
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-04-13 0:21
Hello Noel - An excellent shot which highlights the simple play of light and shade and well captured textures. I admire your light management as the tricky a situation has been well handled with detail in all areas. Nicely done and a fine detail shot.
Have a good Sunday
Gigidusud (17615) 2014-04-13 13:06
Une belle capture de ce passage vouté avec une grande gestion de la lumière et une belle perspective. J'aime beaucoup le contraste avec la partie ensoleillée dans le fond. Mes compliments pour ce beau travail mon ami!
Merci pour le partage.
Ninello52 (7572) 2014-04-19 14:40
Stunning image! Very beautiful lighting effects on the rock! Great, this ancient corridor, I guess the beauty of the cloister! Excellent definition that enhances the charm of the stone!