This is a regular SLR photo scanned in, so apologies for the quality of the sky. I'm missing having a wide angle lens on my digital, so have decided to input some older scanned photos.
This is of Tynemouth Priory on the NE coast. Its halfway along a beautiful walk between North Shields and Whitley Bay, set amidst some stunning beaches/coastline. Here is some blurb from the English Heritage website:
"Set in an almost impregnable position on a steep headland between the river and the North Sea, Tynemouth has always been as much a fortress as a religious site.
Here stood a 7th-century Anglian monastery, burial place of Oswin, sainted king of Northumbria. After its destruction by Danish raiders, the present Benedictine priory was refounded on its site in c. 1090.
The towering east end of the priory church, built in c. 1200 with slender lancet windows and soaring arches, still survives almost to its full height, dominating the headland. Beyond it stands a small but complete and exceptionally well-preserved chapel, with a rose window and an ornately sculpted roof vault, built in the mid-15th century as a chantry for the souls of the powerful Percy family, Earls of Northumberland.
Enclosing both headland and monastery, and still surviving in part, were the strong walls which once made Tynemouth among the largest fortified areas in England, and an important bastion against the Scots. Probably begun by Edward I in 1296, they were strengthened and updated in the 15th century. Thus when the priory’s 19 monks surrendered Tynemouth to Henry VIII in 1539, it was immediately adopted as a royal castle. Thereafter the fortress-headland continued to play its centuries-old part in coastal defence, both against Napoleon and during the two World Wars. The restored magazine of its gun battery can be seen at weekends".
I've increased saturation, contrast, and lowered brightness.
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jwillie44 (1234) 2007-07-23 5:13
Very majestic this photo is; oh my god, I'm sounding like yoda from star wars aren't I.
anyways, I love your treatment on this pathway to kingdom come :)
I've look through your photos, you do have an amazing talent with photography, Keep it up
I'd give you points, but my 20 critiques for the day it up :(
jcdurka1 (1950) 2007-07-24 1:32
Great composition with this perspective that follow the road to the casttle. I like the contrast between dark and lighty zones. It's a bit unsharp with some scratchs/dusts but you can solve it with Photoshop or other, see ws.
alainh (33205) 2007-07-31 2:08
an excelent note and a nice capture to illustrate !
i like how you frame your picture and the softness of the light.
a very good work
have a nice day Fiona
Serial666 (0) 2007-10-14 15:23
Nice Pic, but it's out of focus, and it's NOT TYNEMOUTH PRIORY.
This looks NOTHING LIKE Tynemouth.
Have you ever even BEEN to Tynemouth?
Laughable if it wasn't so pathetic
Dragut (14) 2009-08-07 10:46
Nice picture with this way to the ruins.... A travel to past, opening imagination and escape...