You would think that over time one could get used to a beautiful view but this gargoyle on the tower of St Mary the Virgin seems to be in this spot for many years and it still has its jaw dropped in awe! One could conclude that some things never stop to amaze.
I have followed other people’ photos of the Radcliffe Camera (in this photo). John, Maria, Martin, Bulent, they all provide fantastic notes as well. Malgo shows the view from the same tower but facing another direction. I don’t have anything to add. The weather was far from optimal but I really wanted to have a shot from this POV in my collection as well.
Radcliffe Camera (Camera, meaning "room" in Latin; colloquially, "Rad Cam") is a building of Oxford University, designed by James Gibbs in the English Palladian style and built in 1737–1749 to house the Radcliffe Science Library. It is sited to the south of the Old Bodleian, north of St. Mary's Church, and between Brasenose College to the west and All Souls College to the east.
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Noel_Byrne (24247) 2014-03-28 1:09
I feel quite like that Gargoyle, this view is spectacular and I doubt I would ever get blasé about a scene like this! I love that you included the gargoyle in the scene too. On its own, that golden building is beautiful, but the statue adds a great extra element of depth and height. The light on the building is stunning, bringing out such a rich texture, I can see every single brick!
I also really like the weather you got here, the rolling clouds in the distance are moody and add yet another lovely element to the scene. Really nicely done, this is a fantastic capture.
All the best
jurek1951 (42156) 2014-03-28 1:48
ciekawy pierwszy plan,ladnie prezetuje sie ten budynek z tej perspektywy,ciekawa architektura,dobra kolorystyka i ostrosc,pozdrawiam
emka (78852) 2014-03-28 1:59
Znam ten widok, haha. Podoba mi sie jak umieściłes w kadrze tego maszkarona i znakomicie wykorzystałeś w notce i tytule, tak właśnie lubię i cenię sobie takie posty. Mistrzowskie kolory i ostrość, jak zawsze. Ładne chmurki, wcale nie musi być nibieskie bezchmurne niebo. Fascynujące miasto Oxford, tyle tam ciekawych rzeczy do zwiedzania. Ale chyba sympatyczniejsze jest Cambridge.
lousat (76832) 2014-03-28 3:23
Hi Mariusz,great choice of point of view to create this original surround perspective,excellent way to show us this beautiful building,and great work in PP too with pastel colors and soft details,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
tyro (20420) 2014-03-28 3:53
This is a spectacular photograph and far better than mine of this splendid building. You have chosen a wonderful viewpoint, looking down on the Radcliffe Camera and it stands out beautifully against its background in beautiful light.
I would love to watch you at work in Photoshop - just like I enjoyed watching you using your ND graduated filters when we met in the Scottish Borders - you really have made this building "pop" out from its background perfectly and so subtly.
A stunning photograph with excellent composition, gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
P.S. Are you sure that this figure is actually a "gargoyle"? It is certainly a stone carving or perhaps even a "grotesque", but such a thing is not actually a gargoyle unless it is also a water spout to allow discharge of water from the roof of the building - the word comes from the French "gargouille" meaning a gullet or throat.
But that, of course, doesn't really matter - the inclusion of this carving in the close foreground realy does add wonderfully to your composition!
Giustiniani (3342) 2014-03-28 4:19
un superbe point de vue avec une vue plongeante sur ce bel édifice et cette magnifique gargouille au premier plan. Bien vu. Une belle capture.
Sergiom (59986) 2014-03-28 4:48
J'aime beaucoup le titre car il convient à merveille à cette composition. Le point de vue est parfait et le bâtiment à contrebas de toute beauté. J'aime beaucoup la texture de la photo.
batalay (35563) 2014-03-28 5:46
It was a brilliant idea to include the gargoyle, emblematic of the universal admiration of Gibbs's design for the Radcliff Camera. When the competition for a design for a building first came up, the much better known Christopher Wren also submitted a design, but who could possibly have rejected this cylindrical wonder. You probably know that the gargoyle is blocking out All Souls, the only college at Oxford without students. It's the original think-tank for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. I love this view, I love this photo. I think Maria's photo from ground level had the best light illuminating the building, revealing the golden hues of the Cotswold Stone they used in the building's construction. But the gargoyle in this instance makes this the most original depiction.
dkmurphys (49254) 2014-03-28 5:48
I like your pov over this old structure. An attractive complex there, well taken.
Enjoy a fine afternoon.
ikeharel (57144) 2014-03-28 6:05
The gargoyle had added fun to the image, placed on relatively "empty" space above town skyline.
Nicely show the whole of the dome as a major object here, with fine sharp details shown. DOF through sides streets is also a well managed element not to be ignored when looking at.
jhm (139168) 2014-03-28 6:15
Taken out of the height with a wonderful result.
You write excellent the gargoyle on the tower of St Mary the Virgin seems to be in this spot for many years and it still has its jaw dropped in awe.
Your pîcture is very well choice.
This gives a lot depth and perspective
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
timecapturer (48668) 2014-03-28 7:06
love this! A superbly conceived and flawlessly executed shot, that is full of immaculate detail and glorious charm. A real delight!
Have a good weekend - B.
sabermonajati (9537) 2014-03-28 7:44
wonderful view with excellent composition you captured.
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-28 7:58
kapitalne ujecie z gargulcem. Calosc nabiera zupelnie innego charakteru dzieki temu punktowi widzenia - swietny pomysl i bardzo dobre wykonanie. Rowniez acrhitektura jest bardzo interesujaca i pokazana w perfekcyjnej ostrosci. Ladne kolory i swiatlo.
danos (86667) 2014-03-28 8:16
very clever the placement of the gargoyle in the frame as looking to the panoramic view of Rad Cam.I like the excellent view of the whole building in the frame,as the great clarity and sharpness of it.Well done.
Fis2 (85471) 2014-03-28 11:36
Ladne miejsce wybrales aby zaprezentowac ta rotunde.
Fajna kompozycja z ta kamienna twarza w kadrze.
holmertz (40983) 2014-03-28 11:57
This is an astonishing composition with an amusing title. 50 years ago, this summer, I walked one of those streets but of course it never entered my mind to get up here and take this kind of photo. I am glad you finally did it for me :-). The view is certainly awesome, but most of the credit should go to your perfect light management and processing.
PaulVDV (22099) 2014-03-28 12:14
Wow ! This is one of those pictures that will make people want to look for the same POV when visiting Oxford.
Excellent composition en sharpness.
A great perspective. I also like the inclusion of the green dome at the left.
And even more these stunning colours. What a wonderful golden brown tones.
Best regards, Paul
carlo62 (32735) 2014-03-28 12:39
bellissimo scatto, il pov è fantastico e la messa a fuoco è eccellente.
Magnifico colpo, mi piace molto, bella l'architettura e belli i colori.
worldcitizen (6965) 2014-03-28 14:47
Great POV! I like when statues/gargoyles/etc. are included in the frame, and appear to be watching the scene. This building is beautiful. I like the architecture and the earthy colors. In my opinion the cloudy sky actually compliments the view. :-)
Royaldevon (29549) 2014-03-28 14:55
How lucky that you have been able to squeeze in a visit to Oxford, a place that I, sadly, have yet to visit.
I love sharing this view with the gargoyle and my mouth is nearly as far opened as his!! He certainly helps to give a feeling of height and distance to this to your capture of the tower.
Despite the weather creating a problem for you, you have overcome it admirably, for your photograph shows excellent details of the architectural shape and decorations, along with fine textural details. The colours are very nicely saturated.
I don't think a blue sky would have added much to your already fine shot.
My warm regards,
siudzi (33565) 2014-03-28 14:58
Fantastyczne zdjęcie! Jestem pod wrażeniem bardzo przemyslanej oraz swietnie zrealizowanej kompozycji. Miałeś super pomysł na to ujęcie. Brawo!
chrislo (4155) 2014-03-28 16:27
A great shot of this very impressive building, nicely framed with this stone face overlooking it. A magnificent piece of architecture which you've captured perfectly from a well chosen viewpoint. The building is well positioned, and the light brings out sharp textural détails on the stonework. A well composed image with excellent depth of field and beautiful colours. Well done.
Have a nice Sunday.
nikkitta (14852) 2014-03-28 19:13
Can t believe the coincidence, did you read my answer to your note of this building?
I said that I was on my way here and because of waiting and composing the capture arrived 5 minutes late to enjoy views like this
Quite a creative capture with the stone figure as a frame, may be yours is the only one with this POV
Well done, in special the play with the light, given an special one at the Radcliffe building
Very well done , tfs
fabbs99 (16167) 2014-03-28 22:41
Tremendous shot from the church.Rare view of this lovely architecture.Very well done,TFS.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-29 7:13
Ha - a most clever and impressive shot, Mariusz. I've seen this building posted a couple of times recently, and this view is a great take on it. I agree also with John that you've managed to make the building pop quite well; perhaps through brightening and clarifying the center a bit? It also looks a bit like you used a fill flash for the sculpture, and if that's the case it was the perfect choice, really allowing the detail to become a key part of the image. Thanks!
Romano46 (18446) 2014-03-29 10:20
questa tua foto lascia senza parole per l'incredibile bellezza ed originalità della composizione.
Ma straordinari sono anche i colori e una nitidezza che permette di cogliere ogni più minuto particolare.
Una foto che rimane facilmente impressa nella mente per il suo grande impatto visivo.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
Didi (56851) 2014-03-29 10:28
Well done Very good dominant point of view
I feel falling down
Very good sof lights ambiance best regards
Graal (97455) 2014-03-29 11:41
jak piszesz, wiele osob fotografowalo ta perelke architektury lecz ja moge podziwiac tylko dzieki Waszym prezentacjom. Dobry POV, swietne ujecie z ta rzezba z prawej strony. Brawo!
mcmtanyel (13407) 2014-03-30 18:17
Now, this is an excellent photo with great DOF and ingenious framing on the right. The warm colors of the library balance out the grey sky quite well. Bravo & TFS!
tedesse (25133) 2014-03-31 2:06
Doskonaly POV, ladnie skadrowane zdjecie pokazujace piekno architektury tej budowli.
Super kolory i ostrosc.
adramad (37997) 2014-03-31 11:53
Truly a masterful POV with this beautiful round building captured from the tower, and including extreme close-up in such a fantastic gargoyle, whose open mouth seems to enjoy the view with amazement, almost the same as we see it ....
An image to enjoy, with its beautiful colorful, good lighting and perfect sharpness.
Have a great start to the week.
elenimavrandoni (14249) 2014-03-31 14:20
what a spectacular point of view and what a beautiful presentation!!
every time I page through your gallery I remain speechless of the quality of your images, the extraordinary choice of themes and the unique presentations!!
many compliments to a very skilled and graceful photographer...that you are!!
abmdsudi (43480) 2014-03-31 22:09
Great atmosphere and a fuller wide view from this high point the sweep of the townscape leads the eye nicely into the image with the eye catching structure centrally located. It's subtly processed, well shaded by light grey sky, imho the green patch livens as strong colour breaker to the shot. Impressive photo works, Congrats
npecanhuk (65434) 2014-04-01 2:11
Very interesting and attractive details (in spite of that scary-looking profile - LOL)!
Very beautiful picture too!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
annjackman (19597) 2014-04-01 3:17
What a fabulous place to view the Radcliffe camera. The quality is excellent and I can pick out so much detail in the picture. The standard of your photography is always high and I love viewing your pictures.
Kind Regards, Ann
COSTANTINO (55452) 2014-04-01 22:12
perfect capture from this ancient monument
interestng architectural details very
wellcomposed this golden view is
magnificent the rolling clouds in
the distance are moody
Cricri (106327) 2014-04-02 6:14
Excellent choix du POV, qui inclus la sculpture, j'aime le rendu des détails et des couleurs, très belle réalisation
williewhistler (14143) 2014-04-03 4:35
a very imaginative title for a photograph that has been very well handled in post processing that allows us to enjoy all of the interesting architectural features of the Camera.
It`s a most enjoyable shot to view.
Kind regards Les.
macjake (56494) 2014-04-08 1:06
now thats a dome!
thats my favorite color, that sort of blue/grey tone.
its what i want in my house too :)
its easy to understand why you'd want to capture this view, i'd be going up here myself.
the city view is blocked, but who cares! :)
excellent level of sharpness and detailing.
Angshu (55665) 2014-04-08 23:52
As I can expect from you...something totally original and quite superb! We have seen quite a few pictures of the Radcliffe, yet you show us the same famous building witha 'twist'. Fascinating indeed! This is what good photography is all about...show places differently & you of course, excel in that!
delpeoples (53009) 2014-04-12 6:04
hehehe great title and so very appropriate. I'm sure even the ancient statue must think, "wow, I'm lucky to see this view all the time. A beautiful dome and what looks like the Italian equivalent of a baptistery. I remember going to Oxford many years ago, and being so impressed by the architecture - but I didn't even take a camera - silly me. So you're saving Oxford for me with your beautiful photo.
Excellent work, thanks for sharing
jasc (62) 2014-04-22 17:43
What i say? Nothing.
adores (37025) 2014-04-24 13:42
And it was a really good decision to post it! The gargoyle in foreground is so well placed and seems to be looking to the tower. You managed light conditions very well. Great view!
fds (8280) 2014-04-28 7:35
dear friend great postcard from Oxford with great munumental architecture
great schot fantastic scharpnees and great colors
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (30618)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-26
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
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- Date Submitted: 2014-03-28 1:05
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