Newcastle upon Tyne is a town big enough to be mentioned in guidebooks to England but usually information is scarce. On one hand it is quite difficult to navigate to find interesting sights without any help, on another hand it is so much off the beaten track that it feels sometimes like discovering a new, unexplored by tourists, area. I have already presented several photos from Newcastle and I thought I had it explored from the touristic point of view but I was wrong. Searching for attractions for my little daughter (Museum of Natural History) I found myself crossing the campus of Newcastle University which has several beautiful buildings. Near the campus in the area called Haymarket I spotted this interesting church. I have seen it before of course but never really had a chance to come closer. The tower design resembles the tower of Newcastle Cathedral which I have showed here already, it is also a bit similar (just the tower) to the Edinburgh Cathedral. May be it was in fashion in the north at certain point?
Church of St Thomas the Martyr is one of the most prominent Newcastle landmarks, located close to both universities, the city hall and main shopping district in the Haymarket. It is a 19th-century Anglican re-foundation of a medieval chapel, traditionally said to have been created by one of the assassins of Thomas Becket. The church is dedicated to St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was murdered in 1170 by a group of four English knights acting – so they mistakenly believed – on the orders of Henry II. Since Becket had defended the privileges of the Church against Henry, he was regarded as a martyr and canonized in 1173. The four murderers were instructed, in order to atone for their sins, to serve a period as confreres (associate brothers) of the Knights Templar, but it is believed that one of them, Hugh de Morville, also elected to found a chapel dedicated to the saint as a private penance. It was this chapel which would eventually become the Church of St Thomas the Martyr. The precise foundation date is uncertain, but probably in the 1170s, and certainly by the early 13th century.
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carlo62 (41357) 2014-05-23 23:01
bella composizione e bel lavoro in pp, molti gli elementi che compongono la foto, dall'antica torre al gruppo di bici.
Un bel colpo d'occhio sulla città, un'ottima osservazione e una splendida ripresa.
emka (89499) 2014-05-23 23:36
Cześć Mariusz, Ladny kosciół z ciekawą historia. Z tyłu tez interesująca wieża. Świetna prezentacja, super kolory i ostrość.
Korzystam z Internetu w autobusie do Grazu. A pojutrye juy wracam do domu. Poydrawiam serdecynie
mirosu (15878) 2014-05-23 23:53
Excellent view up to famous New Castle's St Thomas church. The view from lover angle makes the church majestic and dominant. The light is perfect, the contrast against blue-white sky superb. Well done.
HimalAnda (10337) 2014-05-24 0:04
The light is beautiful, the composition is good.
Antipodean (1658) 2014-05-24 1:07
Kia ora Mariusz (greetings from New Zealand),
Well composed photo which tells a story. Great point of view and the colours seems to be accentuated after the rain. Cheers, Neil
jemaflor (91373) 2014-05-24 2:10
Well framed with this Fg with bikes, nice architecture or the church, excellent management for the light, well made, tfs.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-05-24 2:52
really like this. The rainy weather and your processing making this urban scene all the more fascinating and wonderful. Superbly composed and beautiful detailing make this work so expressively. Well done!
Enjoy a peaceful weekend - B.
Noel_Byrne (28195) 2014-05-24 8:10
A beautiful building, and it looks splendid under this light and surrounded by all these lush green trees. There are so many spires and towers reaching to heaven, it is no doubt the purpose of this fine building. A really nice idea to compose the scene in such a way that the foreground is filled with all this mish mash of bikes too, especially with the reflection on the wet pavement making it look even more entangled!
Thanks as always
Periko (4034) 2014-05-24 11:54
After the rain there is a good light for pictures.
The sky, the church and the bikes are well balanced in the frame.
fabbs99 (17129) 2014-05-24 12:17
Wonderful image of the rainy day and the church in the BG.The numerous bicycles and heavy clouds in the sky add colors to the frame.Excellent image quality with good colors and sharpness. TFS.
Royaldevon (34801) 2014-05-24 14:57
I critiqued this earlier, not sure where it went!
You would be surprised by the emerging popularity of Newcastle. We have just been to Northumberland and met a big group of Americans who had arrived to explore the U.K. They were staying in Newcastle for half the time and in Edinburgh for the second half!
I like how you have used the group of bikes to anchor the f/g and start a natural, angled lead, via the crossing, to the focal church. (I wonder if the Americans found this location!)
Your details show a recent downpour, which has created a wet pavement and, consequently, soft reflections from the bikes.
There are lots of strong verticals, which fit in nicely with your vertical format.
See you soon,
npecanhuk (72112) 2014-05-24 17:40
Interesting and attractive picture, with many details to be seen and enjoyed!
TFS - congrats,
ikeharel (65281) 2014-05-25 10:46
Good evening Mariusz,
Two subjects on this beautiful view: the church and the many turrets atop, and the many bicycles "parked" on the desgnated area. Al under rain and grey sky's.
The wet pavement had a nice shine, maybe the contribution of the mild and variable light.
mesutilgim (90788) 2014-05-27 3:57
Interesting capture from London, under a heavy and rainy sky.
The bikes in the foreground adds a unique taste to your compo.
TFS and best regards
Kamilutka (8105) 2014-05-27 3:58
faktyczne kosciol bardzo podobny stylem do edynburgskiej katedry. Na pierwszy rzut oka tak bym wlasnie ocenila lokalizacje. Bardzo fajne ujecie tego budynku poprzez grupe rowerow i mokry brukowany chodnik. Podobaja mi sie kolory i wlasciwe uzycie pionowego kadru.
Bardzo udana fotografia.
jhm (146712) 2014-05-27 4:56
I like your clouds structure in the sky excellent, also the church of St Thomas the Martyr tower is wonderful photographed.
The bicyle in foreground are a nice addition.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
And very clear of colours, pleasant to look at.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Sonata11 (33717) 2014-05-27 12:15
Witaj Mariusz, fanatyczna scenka z tymi rowerami na tle tak wspanialej budowli. Slicznie wykonane zdjecie. odbicie rowerow tez fajnie sie odbija. Bardzo ladna praca. Serdecznie pozdrawiam,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-05-28 0:37
Hello Mariusz - Newcastle is a city I have not visited and I enjoy seeing it through your eyes. My son lives in York and perhaps next time I visit him I will have a opportunity to see it with my own.
This is a well balanced and interesting shot. You have overcome the problem of FG interest well with the inclusion of the bikes and I like their reflections on the wet pavement. Judging by the weather it was mixed but your shot has overcome the gloom through attractive colour work and some fine PP. The church tower looks over the scene and is nicely visible against the sky
lousat (85070) 2014-05-28 2:43
Hi Mariusz,absolutely beautiful your work in HDR,soft and perfect to show us the best from this scenery,and original point of view to show us what happens close to this magnificent church,a beautiful and unique architechture,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Fis2 (92245) 2014-05-28 5:33
Bardzo ciekawy kosciol.
Piekna wieza ladnie kontrastuje z ta na drugim planie.
Dobry kadr i super kolorki.
Rowerki mile widziane :)
nikkitta (17066) 2014-05-28 8:23
So discovering good new places in this very interesting city where you are living ?
Like a lot the composition with the bikes at the front and the vertical format to match the rising tower
Like the colors well worked in a good PP, well done
rychem (30421) 2014-05-28 9:01
Architektura angielska, sama kwintesencja Anglii: gotyk/neogotyk i mnóstwo rowerów, dobrze złapane
PiotrF (13472) 2014-05-28 15:04
Ladnie skomponowana scenka z Newcastle. Po deszczu znalazles promienie slonca, ktore dobrze rozswietlily drugi plan.
Harmoniczna kompozycja bardzo mi sie podoba.
bona (13636) 2014-05-28 17:32
pretty photo showing the church and the city moviment. I like the wonderful sky and the forground bikes. The wet floor is lovely.
abmdsudi (48878) 2014-05-28 20:49
There's a lot in this - really great just looks so typically HDR seems to have brought out the best in this image, such are the colours, light and exposure and lovely detail through the rest of the shot is there for all to see. Love the imposing church and the cloud scape combination to finish off so smoothly. Well done, TFS
delpeoples (56084) 2014-05-28 22:52
Ciao Witaj Mariusz
I really admire your ability to travel with a toddler and still produce such impressive photos. I really mean that. After spending an evening with an 8 year old at the Sydney Lightshow, I spent all my time making sure he didn't drown in Sydney Harbour or get snatched by a pervert. No time to concentrate on photos.
So even without knowing that you probably had one eye on bubba and one eye on this scene, it's a great photo. I love the vertical frame, the subtle HDR, which has really lifted the colour and light, and the impressive sharpness. Your subject is delightful too.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
COSTANTINO (61455) 2014-05-28 23:00
a wonderful capture perfectly executed
in classical colors
your shot bring your personal stamp
and the excellent chosen point of view
shows better the interesting architectural
details beautiful building which looks
amazing under those classical colors
have a nice time
Cricri (113701) 2014-05-29 7:03
Un ciel mitigé entre les nuages et le bleu du ciel, filtrant une douce lumière, bon rendu de l'architecture de l'église, bien composer avec les bicyclettes sur le sol humide
PaulVDV (25645) 2014-05-29 10:22
A very beautiful cityscape showing the Church of St Thomas the Martyr from a good angle and you've included an attractive foreground with the bikes.
Beautiful with the light reflected on the wet pavement.
Best regards, Paul
Graal (101108) 2014-05-29 10:30
sporo nagromadziles tematow w jednym ujeciu. Wzrok prowadzi od rowerow do zabytkowego kosciola w ktorym wieza z zegarem dominuje. Dobry kadr i informacje. Jakosc foty bdb.
SWEETFREEDOM (24124) 2014-05-30 0:21
good light management and colors. interesting building and fine details.
siolaw (38292) 2014-05-30 0:30
Good vertical frame with cycles and wet & shiny ground agood FG, then the beautiful church with dynamic sky.
A pleasant PP too!
adramad (42075) 2014-05-30 7:14
Wow .... superb composition, which on one side has the feel of the city every day, originality in the POV, the inclusion of bikes, and the great architectural beauty of the church. This creates a wonderful set.
A colorful perfect very natural.
A bright image with optimum clarity.
Good job. I love it.
Enjoy a good weekend.
fds (9150) 2014-05-30 7:16
dear friend very intereste postcard from Newcastle under very impressive sky
great colors and vivid metearologic conditions
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-06-02 22:28
Mariusz, your gallery is very impressive anyway, but some pictures like his one leaves someone speechless...amazing composition, great PP and fantastic colors..the vertical was an awesome idea and very spectacular!!
Romano46 (18472) 2014-06-03 10:10
questa tua foto mi piace moltissimo sia per la composizione che contrappone l'architettura alla vita della città moderna.
A mio parere è una delle rare fotografie nelle quali la presenza delle automobili non disturba, anzi diviene essa stessa elemento compositivo e questo certamente è merito della particolarità della tua composizione.
Un elogio anche alla gestione della luce e alla nitidezza di ottimo livello.
Straordinari anche i colori.
Una foto urbana di una particolare efficacia.
Ciao e buona serata
Angshu (56740) 2014-06-04 0:37
I liked how you used the ambient conditions to the maximum to create a fine picture. The bicycles and their muted reflections in the wet surface makes for a fine FG. The church with the typical Anglical clock tower rears itself against the cloudy sjy with a patch of blue...beautiful processing as well...Excellent work!
Didi (59746) 2014-06-06 9:56
well done for the lights control. Interesting spolight on the architecture
Nice wet foreground
Gigidusud (18797) 2014-06-06 15:28
Great shot on the city with a nice vertical format and great HDR effect. I like the bicycle on FG, the light on the church and the reflections on the ground. Well done!
Have a nice Week-end.
danos (92682) 2014-06-19 21:58
vey nice the view of the place with the church of St. Thomas the Martyr,to be placed perfect in the frame as dominating the backdrop of the scene.
The lot of bycicles on the foreground this rainy day makes the image so beautiful and unique.
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (33703)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-11
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-05-23 22:58