An interior shot of Buckfast Abbey for John.
Buckfast Abbey forms part of an active Benedictine monastery at Buckfast, near Buckfastleigh, Devon, England. Buckfast has been home to an abbey since 1018. The first Benedictine abbey was followed by a Savignac (later Cistercian) abbey constructed on the site of the current abbey in 1134. The monastery was surrendered for dissolution in 1539, with the monastic buildings stripped and left as ruins, before being finally demolished. The former abbey site was used as a quarry, and later became home to a Gothic mansion house.
In 1882 the site was purchased by a group of French Benedictine monks, who refounded a monastery on the site, dedicated to Saint Mary. New monastic buildings and a temporary church were constructed incorporating the existing Gothic house. Work on a new abbey church, which was constructed mostly on the footprint of the former Cistercian abbey, started in 1907. The church was consecrated in 1932 but not completed until 1938.
Buckfast was formally reinstated as an Abbey in 1902, and the first abbot of the new institution, Boniface Natter, was blessed in 1903. The abbey continues to operate as a Benedictine foundation today.
The light is not the best so I had to use the highest ISO settings as this was hand held,consequently the quality is not the best but you can probably still appreciate the architecture.
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tyro (26138) 2014-09-02 0:35
Thank you for this lovely photograph - which I presume is for me since I did comment on Gladys's lovely photograph of the outside of this building just a few hours ago!
This is a beautiful interior shot and very impressive indeed when viewed at its full size of 1400 pixels wide. And what is also very impressive is the fact that your picture is almost devoid of any "noise" or "grain" despite having been taken at ISO 5000.
A very fine symmetrical composition with beautiful light, contrasts and tones and exceptional details and clarity.
P.S. This building is magnificent and I'm sure that is because the monks here are probably very wealthy from the sale of their tonic wine - I'm sure they make a lot more money out of that than they do from selling peanut brittle! But the peanut brittle will have tasted far better than the wine - I once tried a little sip of "Buckie" (as it is called in these parts) and it was horrible - very, very sweet with a strong vanilla flavour but also thick and sticky - it reminded me of cough mixture my Mum used to shove down my throat when I was a kid.
Of course, it's not the fault of the wine but the fault of the people who drink it that we seem to have so much of a problem here. You can read a bit more, first on Wikipedia here, then some more here and here! Don't try this stuff - you might get hooked! No, honestly, I don't think you would. :o)
snunney (103327) 2014-09-02 2:38
An image that perfectly suits the black and white treatment, accentuating the flowing graphical of the architecture. I see no problem with the quality at all despite the use of the very high ISO. The symmetrical composition was an excellent choice with the eyes being drawn straight toward the altar down the central aisle.
swapankumarroy (2849) 2014-09-02 3:33
Very nice interior view of the monastery, actually it is an amazing creation, superb details, good selection for conversion of monochrome look it very classic.
MOST IMPRESSIVE WORK,
warm regards and thanks,
Gigidusud (21191) 2014-09-02 7:19
Beautiful capture of the interior Abbey with a nice symmetry and great depth. Original the B&W version, a nice dedication for John. Well done!
holmertz (56223) 2014-09-02 7:42
When I see a photo with this kind of symmetry I try to find something that upsets the perfect balance, but the only deviation from the symmetry I can see here is your signature. If you had put a mirrored version of it in the left corner this would have been a perfect photo :-). Actually, it's pretty good as it is, with the very well handled light, the good sharpness and fine greyscale.
worldcitizen (9006) 2014-09-02 10:44
This is a gorgeous interior. I really like the symmetry and the vaulted ceiling. The B/W presentation is perfect, and you handled the lighting very well. It's an impressive sight.
Noel_Byrne (32542) 2014-09-02 10:49
As mentioned above, I also see no problems with the light here, this is a beautiful image and a perfect candidate to black and white conversion which has shown up the texture of the brickwork so well, especially in the roof stones. When I read buckfast, it made the other connection first, that of it being the drink of choice for particular people, but of course, do many strong drinks have religious connections, this makes perfect sense. I really admire the central composition of this too,allowing excellent depth in the view and a real appreciatn for the architecture,
Tue (40858) 2014-09-02 15:58
A great photo of the interior of the abbey. The light management and sharpness are both excellent. The B&W works really well, also to create an even more peaceful mood.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-09-03 2:35
Superbly composed and executed. Perfect pov and pin sharp details of the interior. Great choice of monochrome to emphasise the geometry. Excellent camera work and thanks for sharing it.
have a nice evening.
annjackman (21901) 2014-09-03 2:40
This is an incredibly well produced b/w photo of this interior. You have captured the abbey very well with plenty of interesting detail and sharpness. The symmetry adds to the impact.
Kind Regards, Ann
dushdushyant (60) 2014-09-04 2:09
Framed perfectly, and the grayscale has added a nice touch, great work,
Thanks for sharing
Silvio1953 (148575) 2014-09-06 9:21
Ciao Laslie, great perspective on fantastic anney, beautiful PP work, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-09-19 22:38
Considering the light I think you have done very well with this shot Les and I like the conversion to B&W; it works well with the slight graininess of the shot. The photograph shows the beautiful interior space very well and I like the ceiling detail and parade of Gothic arches very much.
- Copyright: Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) (16404)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-09-01
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: NikonD300s, 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX
- Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Mono [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-09-01 23:53