This is quite a famous view from Whitby, a beautiful small coastal town surrounded by the North York Moors National Park in North East England. The half-oval gate framing the view is made of authentic jaw bones of whale (Whalebone Arch). This is supposed to refer to the whaling past of this town. The buildings, which you see through the arch, are on the other side of the river which is invisible here as we are on a high cliff. At the very top you can see two buildings which seem to be merged into one: Whitby Abbey which I have presented here before (click here) and St. Mary church. Although this point of view is quite popular (click here) my picture may be slightly different: by taking few steps back and using the tele end of the zoom lens I made the abbey to appear much bigger in comparison to the jaws as opposed to typical photos where the abbey is quite small and not very noticeable. What I lost though is the view of the sea and beach below which may cause some confusion.
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ikeharel (76251) 2013-05-20 9:42
A well premeditated shot through the whale-jaw-bones, mariusz.
To make sure they stay intact, an iron bar with an arrow was mounted atop...
The town and church's ruins through are in great view, fine contrast and clarity.
dta (81144) 2013-05-20 9:46
Hello Mariusz ,
Excellent idea to use this arch as a frame for the abbey in the BG . This whalebone arch is very original .
I like the fine contrasts of colors , too .
SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2013-05-20 10:35
very nice town and old abbey, the view through the whale's theeth it is original. good to have use a little of tele so the buildings looks bigger,
Noel_Byrne (33130) 2013-05-20 10:36
The way you have presented this instantly leaped off the page to me when I logged in, a really wonderful view. I know of Whitby Abbey, but have never seen this view before, so I guess double enjoyment for me in the way you have seen this, and my first time seeing it. The abbey itself is such a beautiful ruin, and the arch such an unusual element.
Added to this, the excellent colours of the sky, the grass and the red roofs and it all combines into a brilliant photo. Nice one!!
danos (101882) 2013-05-20 11:39
well chosen the jaws bones frame as we can see through it the Whitby Abbey as St. Mary church and a section of the village.Excellent the light and the colour management as the clarity of the scene.
mesutilgim (96794) 2013-05-20 12:58
If you can "see" you can even use those whalebonesarch as a good pov for this ancient abbey !
TFS and best regards
sabermonajati (11357) 2013-05-20 13:06
wonderful view from under statue you shot from city and church you captured.
batalay (39959) 2013-05-20 13:37
It's a clever trick you employed with your lens, especially when you present your result in distinction to the better known view. And thank you for informative note accompanying the photo. Was this one of the Catholic Abbeys that felt the wrath of Henry VIII.
Sonata11 (33971) 2013-05-20 21:16
wspaniale ujeles te szczeki wieloryba. poprzez ktora widzimy piekna architecture. Jest to niesamowite ze mozna wykorzystac na luk, ktory jestciekawy w swoim rodzaju. Podoba mi sie kompozycja, jak I jego wykonanie. Super zdjecie. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
ps. nawet nie wiedzialam ze ten kaktus pochdzi z usa, ale widocznie warunki mu sprzyjaja doskonale. Jest tam taka roznorodnosc kaktusow ktorych nigdy przedtem nie widzialam. Dziekuje.
emka (104302) 2013-05-21 0:02
Witaj, Fajny kadr z Whitby. Czy ten luk tam stoi specjalniem, zeby bylo ciekawe ujecie? pammietam, że w Tunisie byl taki łuk z kafelków na dachu sklepu i każdy robił tam "kreatywne" zdjecie. Fajne domki nad niewidoczną wodek i górujacy nad nimi zamek.
dkmurphys (62919) 2013-05-21 0:11
Spectacular composition with unusual and attractive elements. Well seen, enjoy a fine day.
Porteplume (3468) 2013-05-21 1:14
We are just camping a few miles from Whitby so your photo is the first tip for a visit to that little town today...
I like the framing even vertical taken photos are always difficult to fully appreciate on my little screen...
Good work & merci for the tip! :o)
Amicalement - Viviane
Urs (14082) 2013-05-21 2:52
There is no better way to frame this shot then to take adventage of the authentic jaw bones, it is a real highlight of the shot. Excellent photo job
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-05-21 2:58
Hello Mariusz - I've never seen this view before, I like the way it makes reference to Whitby's past through both the inclusion of the whale bones and the abbey. The variety of architectural styles in the houses adds another layer of history. You have presented a condensed history of this beautiful location. Very nicely composed with the bones framing the main elements. The light across the orange roof tops adds a nice bright contrast and colour splash. Warm regards Rosemary
Fis2 (104070) 2013-05-21 4:52
Ladnie oprawiony zamek w kosci wieloryba.
Z notatki dowiedzialem sie reszte.
Z tego wynika, ze kadr i kompozycja w tym miasteczku standartowa.
Dobry pionowy kadr i kolory.
wolf38 (31296) 2013-05-21 7:11
Hello Mariusz. You've found the fantastic view of the city. The combination is really very well done. In addition, great light, natural colors and best composition.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-05-21 7:17
super shot of this iconic English ruin. It looks so imposing and magnificent in this setting. Executed, composed and presented perfectly.
Regards - Brian.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-05-21 10:13
il posto è piacevole, la chiesa che appare sulla collinetta è bella, ma in questa foto è apprezzabile soprattutto la composizione che ingloba questi elementi in un insieme molto originale.
L'inquadratura è molto curata ed è di grande effetto.Ottima anche la nitidezza e ben curato il contrasto.
Ciao e buona serata
Graal (103038) 2013-05-21 10:16
Twoje zdjecie lepsze od tego w Wikipedii. Pomyslowe ujecie, bdb kolory i ostrosc. Interesujace informacje no i Twoja kolekcja z Whitby. Solidna robota.
tyro (26142) 2013-05-21 12:41
As always, you have given us an interesting note - and a very fine photograph to illustrate it!
By stepping back a little and using a longer focal length, you have "compressed" the perspective well and made the abbey and church appear larger within the frame of the jawbones than that which we usually see. The effect is delightful and makes much more of a feature of these fine old builtings. I know that we do not see the wider view, but that is compensated by a fine foreground of red roofs.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure, superb composition and exquisite depth of field and sharpness.
nikkitta (17068) 2013-05-21 15:47
I arrived at this photo attracted by the title and the jaws are true ones
Great way to frame the abbey using a good tecnique
Indeed it seems to be an interesting village, lets wait for another capture to see the beach and sea
Greetings and all the best
Congrats for the sun , no more complains about the weather?
josepmarin (58359) 2013-05-22 7:20
these whale jaws arch are an amazing element for to create an efficient visual gate, across which we can admire the Abbey and the nice architecture of the village.
You have skilfully framed these elements in order to achieve a beautiful composition, with a good light, a natural colours and a great graphical wealth.
A splendid work.
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-05-22 12:33
Hello Mariusz ,
Lovely shot of the town. Superb pov and exposure.Very attractive capture in great contrasts and colors.Sharpness and clarity are perfect. TFS.
abmdsudi (57168) 2013-05-22 23:31
Good infor notes, this certainly makes the shot stands out from other pics in the gallery, the eyecatching 'eli tusks' have provided the natural framing and the tall format is apt. There is a nice overall view stretching all the way up with some wonderful vivid colours ensuring that we dont miss the ancient abbey. The compo and perspective work well this way packed with other interest as well. Colours, exposure and contrast are sublime uplifting this shot awesomely and your effort is well paid off. Congrats
jemaflor (101419) 2013-05-24 7:57
Original frame. Well seen. Interesting result and presentation for this view and ruines, perfect colors and light, tfs.
fritzi007 (11888) 2013-05-25 16:40
wirklich sehr gut dokumentiert die Geschichte der englische Stadt Whitby in Schrift und Bild, gratuliere!
s_lush (16600) 2013-05-27 3:14
This is a very well-composed and high-quality picture of such a picturesque historic town. The elegant frame of Whalebone Arch makes the scene looking very interesting and aesthetic. The architecture, natural features, light and colors are excellent too. Very good presentation of the place with both the photo and informative note!
fabianoleite (11971) 2013-05-27 18:38
The archlike structure worked as a great frame for the nice houses. Good composition adn great sharpness, congratulations!
Royaldevon (41865) 2013-05-28 7:36
This is so well composed!
How smart to get the view of the church and the abbey framed by the whale bones.
It is a sharp and imaginative shot.
Well done, my friend!
Every time I go to Whitby I encounter rain or grey skies! One day!!
My warm regards,
adramad (48472) 2013-05-31 10:13
I resume my activity in TE, after two weeks of travel in Cordoba, Avila and Barcelona, where I enjoyed the company of my friends Josepmarin and Pili, wonderful hosts.
Absolutely stunning, the beauty of this place, you've captured a unique POV, I love how you framed the ruins of the abbey, with these giant bones, as a large door, the population along the promontory looks lovely.
Very good management of both the light and the good sharpness, this contributes to the success of the nice chromaticism.
Enjoy a great weekend.
macjake (71069) 2013-06-01 12:33
great to see a few more posts in your gallery, nice to see you posting new shots!
as you pointed out in your note, the size/scale and perception of the subjects is askewed. We have tiny tiny people, large whale bones, a large Abbey and small looking houses....its all mixed up. but thats what happens when you use camera lens right? and we as photographer totally accept that - or at least I do.
Personally, I like the photo, thats why i chose this one from your other newest posts. How often do we get to see whale bones with a city scape!! :)
unique and smartly presented.
enjoy your weekend
Vasa (515) 2013-06-12 17:06
Your effort to create the amazing composition is evident. It is the best presentation of Whity. All compliments, Mariusz!
PaulVDV (31217) 2015-02-15 4:06
By chance I came across this picture.
The jaw bones of the whale form an excellent framing for the view of Whitby with the ruins of the abbey high above the town.
Whitby Abbey had a wonderful and spectacular location that you show us well on this picture.
An attractive composition, a good perspective and all in beautiful natural colours.
Best regards, Paul
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (39545)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-07
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Arches by Mariusz [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-05-20 9:34