Another photograph taken during a lovely meeting of TE friends in Derbyshire last week. Unfortunately the weather was less than kind to us and although we stayed relatively dry during our walk up to this monument, the light was poor to say the least.
Solomon's Temple, also known as Grinlow Tower, is a Victorian folly close to the spa town of Buxton in the Derbyshire Peak District. It bears no connection whatsoever to King Solomon of Biblical fame, but it is said to have been built by Solomon Mycock in the 1890s and paid for by public subscription (with assistance of the seventh Duke of Devonshire) to provide work for the locally unemployed.
Sitting on top of a ridge at a height of 1440 feet above sea level and overlooking the town of Buxton, the tower from its top affords good views over the town and the surrounding countryside of the Peak District.
But it's difficult to see how this tower deserves the description "temple" as it is only some 20 feet tall. Its interior comprises only a simple stone spiral staircase but you can see a picture of the lower storey in the workshop.
You can see a larger version of this photograph on "beta" TE here.
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carlo62 (54088) 2014-06-11 5:07
bello il tempio e bello il prato fiorito che lo circonda.
Interessante la presenza delle persone, sembrano disinteressarsi al tempio per osservare la campagna circostante.
dta (81588) 2014-06-11 6:33
Hello John ,
Excellent capture of the temple , with the presence of the three photographers to create an attractive composition . I like especially how the building -and the characters- stand out the splendid cloudy sky .
Nicou (149738) 2014-06-11 8:24
Avec les personnages qui visitent et le tapis de petite fleurs jaunes et blanche quelle vue cette tour toute ronde la vue en fond merveilleux.
bravo et amitié
Sonata11 (33971) 2014-06-11 8:59
Hello John, Wow!!!! very beautiful, attractive picture of this lovely place. You attain very beautiful composition, which looks like for me like 3D effect. Perfectly well done. I like it. Awesome !!! All the best, Barbara
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-06-11 9:28
great atmosphere in this photograph with the ancient temple and the three people. You used the available light to its best advantage to bring out the textural details of the building with superb sharpness and indeed it stands out magnificently against the moody sky. My compliments for this excellent picture.
Have a nice evening.
Tigerlily (3379) 2014-06-11 9:36
Beautifully captured image with wonderful colour and detail. The light was amazing... I have to say that your photographic skills paid off here... dispate the sun wasn't shining, you managed to show us a bright coloured, well balanced, nicely composed, interesting image.
mjw364 (1466) 2014-06-11 9:39
I have a moody black and white of this "temple" from down the hill - the sort of moody black and white popular in some quarters but viewed as "overcooked" in others. speaking of overcooking you seem to have boiled the head of that handsome bloke stood closest to the tower - or has he just been Tango'd as the advert goes?!
Classic use of thirds and congratulations for injecting a bit of colour into what was at the time a drab grey scene.
Silvio1953 (151589) 2014-06-11 13:46
Ciao John, great view of original tower, lovely composition with nice people, fantastic sky, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (33422) 2014-06-11 14:58
It may be small but it's very beautiful, and has all the characteristics of a folly, being so unexpected to come across in a setting like this. I think the light is actually quite wonderful here, and there is a stunning feel of 3D to your capture. Perfect composition too.
Thanks for sharing this fascinating place.
shreya2000 (2769) 2014-06-11 22:37
Very nice picture. The colours are very good. Seems to be a famous monuments since tourist are here to enjoy. The sky colour is excellent.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-11 23:19
Tes "camarades de jeu" animent très joliment cette excellente photo de cette tour-temple. J'aime les tons d'ensemble de l'image.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-12 5:12
perfect take this! The moody sky and humans make this so attractive and eye-catching. A well chosen POV and of course immaculate clarity help in making it a classy and wonderful presentation. Well done!
rogerl (1632) 2014-06-12 5:54
John, the poor weather makes for wonderfully moody shots. Here, the low sun creates a nice orange at the horizon, contrasting with the threatening gray elsewhere. The tower itself is perfectly sharp; the three people in the frame (why are they *all* walking away from the tower?) add great balance to the image. Thanks.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-06-14 9:29
une excellente capture. La composition, les couleurs et le ciel sont superbes.
delpeoples (59684) 2014-06-15 3:21
Gidday dear Giovanni
I've missed you, although must admit I've been as AWOL as you. This is a lovely photo, where you've done so well with the diffused light. The term "folly" is always an intriguing one as I don't believe I've ever seen one here. It's very Poirotesque as that's where the bodies are always hidden in Agatha Christie's stories. The colours are very vivid and I like how you've managed to brighten the FG details (those yellow flowers are particularly pretty) and yet retain the BG sky.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely Sunday
holmertz (58250) 2014-06-18 3:33
The inclusion of some people (members of the TE crew?) is not the only reason why I picked this one first among the several photos you have shown while I've been in Poland. But the human triangle certainly contributes to the composition, bringing life and balance to it. The light may have been poor, but there was still enough of it to provide you with an excellent photo with very good contrasts. There are some superb colours in this cloudy sky and the "temple" may be a folly but it still looks quite impressive in this empty location.
CLODO (35614) 2014-06-20 5:00
In my mind, the sky was rather dull grey, you've well post proceed to get some clouds in it. The rule of the third has been applied for the ground and tower, and the framing leads the eye on the 3 tourists looking for the 360° surrounding landscape.
have a sunny WE
ourania (50573) 2014-06-21 2:06
I like the way you are presenting this strange, short tower, it stands out like 3D and also demands our attention through the accentuated definition of its details. The upward point of view hides most of the landscape that would offer a wider context and we have only the dramatic sky and the people as reference. It's intriguing and amusing how each of the people is looking in a different direction, away from what could be considered the main subject. It's as if something has just finished or an imminent turning point is about to change everything:) Light management and colour treatment are superb. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (26142)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-11 3:54
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