Friday 13 October, 1307 is a famous date in history and a date which is responsible for the common superstition about any Friday 13th. On that day, Philip IV, King of France, arrested hundreds of Knights Templar in France. Philip had been determined to destoy the Templars since 1302, not because of the global mythology that has since grown up around the Knights Templar, but simply that, as one of the wealthiest organisations in Europe, the Templars had turned down a demand from Philip for a loan he needed to further his military adventures.
By 1312, Philip had managed to convince Pope Clement V that the Order should be suppressed worldwide and throughout Europe many Templars were executed and their lands and properties seized, in many cases being transferred to the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.
But in Scotland, things were slightly different and King Robert the Bruce, himself having been excommunicated by the Catholic Church for the murder of John Comyn (at the time a fellow contender for the Scottish throne) in 1306 before the high altar of the church in Dumfries, was more sympathetic to the Templar's cause and was disinclined to follow a papal edict to have them removed. As a result, in Scotland there was little or no persecution of them although their assets and properties were transferred to those of the Knights of St. John and many Templars themselves simply became Knights of St. John.
Since they had first been established in Scotland by David I in 1153, the main Scottish base of the Knights Templar had been 15 miles south of Edinburgh at a place called "Balantradoch". During the 1500s Balantradoch came to be known as "Temple", reflecting its earlier history. The original settlement itself has largely disappeared from this site though the church and a few other buildings remain: the main village of Temple now lies about half a mile distant and uphill from here.
This is the ruin of the Old Parish Church in the original village, dating from the early 14th Century and, as such, probably dating from the time of the Knights of St. John rather than the Knights Templar, though there is evidence of an earlier, possibly 12th Century, church beaneath it. Taken from within the roofless remains, this is the east window and east gable which bears a small 17th Century belfry.
Through the window you can see one or two of the interesting gravestones which surround the church and I shall post a picture of one of those as a workshop.
This picture was taken during a TE meeting with friends in southern Scotland in October and you can see other members' photographs of this church here, here and here.
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Romano46 (18466) 2014-02-06 7:58
una post produzione di grande eccellenza per una foto già straordinaria all'origine per l'efficacia della composizione e per l'imponenza del soggetto.
Ottima, come sempre la cura del dettaglio e del colore.
Ciao e buona giornata
Energysavingelk (1269) 2014-02-06 8:32
Great! Absolutely physical, as if the building could be grabbed from the screen. Excellent exposure, although the light situation was not quite easy to handle. Very informative note.
Regards from Rhineland
Noel_Byrne (24850) 2014-02-06 9:07
The textures you have here, absolutely incredible. I am disappointed to touch my screen and not be able to feel the rough stonework such is the effect of them, and especially with this very magical light falling on them. I love both the main subject of the church (I always love ruins!) and also the view through to show the rather huge tombstones beyond.
Fascinating note too. There is little mention of the Templars in Ireland, but I did once visit the only Templar church in the country which is in Wexford. Now only a ruin, and some Templar gravestones. Its nice to learn from your post about it here!
Thanks as always
Royaldevon (30181) 2014-02-06 14:34
Looking back on the photos we took at Temple has been really rewarding. It has renewed the pleasure of the day and the shots have such a lot of interesting details. Just look around that old ruined church; there is a lot to absorb, from the design of the windows to the craft of the stone masons. It was only when I studied the photographs that I realised there were grave stones in the church. My memory lead me to believe that they were all outside.
I love your viewpoint which includes the textural details of the church and the rays of sunlight on the grass slope outside.
My one concern, if you will forgive me, is the sky. It does look, in the use of the modern term, overcooked. Maybe that is how you intended it, maybe just a personal choice but not quite as I remembered it.
My warm regards,
icesurfer (550) 2014-02-06 15:25
A perfect capture of the church, and from an original POV that perfectly mixes the inside and the outside of the building thanks to the window and the open roof.
Details are amazingly sharp, and the colors are powerful but not overwhelming.
Also very interesting and informative note.
jjcordier (76852) 2014-02-06 23:02
Intéressante note illustrée par une très belle photo de cette église en ruine.
carlo62 (33779) 2014-02-06 23:27
una nota molto interessante per una foto molto bella, grazie al soggetto, ma anche grazie a una bellissima luce.
Eccellente scatto di bella condivisione.
annjackman (19933) 2014-02-07 1:41
Gorgeous work and it reminds me that I did not take the opportunities that I should have at this place. All my pictures were taken from the other direction at the top of the hill and the skies are completely bleached out! The warm colours and detail on the stone are first class. Has a touch of Brian's high saturation in it which I love!
Kind Regards, Ann
lousat (77802) 2014-02-07 2:16
Hi John,your note are very interesting,now i know why there is the superstition of this day.And the pic is truly beautiful,full of colors and perfect detail and made with a precious work in pp,i like it!! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
jhm (140026) 2014-02-07 3:54
Thank you very much to the second picture, these two pictures are very well taken.
These picture almost a ruin but excellent photographed.
You chose an excellent angle with a lot depth and perspective.
Sharpness and colours make these picture beautiful.
Composition and presentation be superb.
Have a nice weekend,
timecapturer (49280) 2014-02-07 4:42
OO! I love places like this, especially if I can be there all by myself and drink in the atmosphere and history. There is something about ruined churches that just makes them such beautiful photographic subjects. This capture is wonderful, being lit perfectly and full of such exquisite detail. A real gem of a shot John, I love it!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
Corry (4508) 2014-02-07 5:58
Belle prise de vue des ruines de cette petite église. La lumière permet d'en apprécier les détails. J'aime beaucoup ce mur-clocher avec son ouverture. Note intéressante. Bien fait.
mkamionka (30694) 2014-02-07 7:38
I am really impressed. I thought at first that it was taken on another day. So full of light and color but obviously you are a master of post processing. Beautiful composition with a pleasant asymmetry. The colors are so vivid and eye catching! It really demotivates me from taking photos. Thank you for advertising my photo on this occasion too.
SnapRJW (31427) 2014-02-07 10:39
Nicely managed PP work John, I do like the textures on the stone walls and the warm touches of sunlight that touch the interior of the ruin as they tie in with the sunny view through the window. A good note too! Warm regards Rosemary
RhodieIke (11742) 2014-02-07 22:29
Well I never new that about Friday the 13th.
Super photo of this small but delightful ruin of a Church, splendid light catching the left walls.
Great view through the large window on to the graves and autumnal landscape.
Well managed and super mood.
Lovely colours and great Pov,
saxo042 (37578) 2014-02-08 7:52
A very interesting note with all these links. A very good idea to gather a lot of photographers and to show all these personal interpretations of one single motive. Of course, they are all very good and its is interesting to notice the differences. Your picture here is very sharp with saturated colours.
Silvio1953 (123515) 2014-02-08 11:20
Ciao John, great view of fascinating ruines, excellent clarity, fine details, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
macjake (57074) 2014-02-09 4:58
great to see you back posting a couple new photos!
TE just isn't the same without you my friend!
you can easily write it down as one of my favorite photos from you, this has a real HDR type of look and feel to it...no?
the colors are vibrant, the stone seems life-like, and even the darker areas along the bottom are well lit.
I feel as if i reach out onto the screen i'm going to actually feel the textures of the stone - thats how real it seems to me.
and that blue sky really pops!
the WS photo of the gravestone is such a fine addition too. I hope my gravestone would last that long and still look that good!
and the note, lots of useful information there.
never knew the exact history of Friday the 13th, so thats a learning experience well worth the read.
awesome post all around John, well done!
delpeoples (53167) 2014-02-10 3:00
Ciao caro Giovanni
Oooh you're so spoiled with all these treasures dotted about Scotland. What a great place to conduct a mini meeting too. And your brilliant note conjures up romantic images of the Knights Templar and the Da Vinci Code. I really like the bright colours, the excellent definition and of course your subject matter. You handled the shaded areas well and the glimmer of Autumnal colours and warm light is a lovely touch. Nice work.
Un abbraccio, thanks for sharing
PS: I responded to your email, did you get it?
mjw364 (7512) 2014-04-11 14:00
Now my eye was drawn to this image for two reasons. The first was that 'in thumbnail' it looks like this image could be HDR and I thought 'Nah...John doesn't 'do' HDR'. Upon closer inspection it is just the increased clarity that brings out the detail that gives a suggestion of HDR.
Secondly, I went to see a photo exhibition by the famous fashion photographer Rankin (he put Kate Moss on the map), call Alive: In the face of Death (portraits of terminally ill people - to explain why would be a longer story).
It was an exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, a magnificent building in itself. As I wondered around the gallery I walked into a room of paintings and was immediately drawn to an image that was very similar to this shot in composition. It was a classic composition that I thought "that painting has been composed in the way that a photographer would take a shot". I was drawn to it like a bee to a flower and upon closer inspection discovered that it was painting by Louis Daguerre - he of the Daguerrotype fame who was a pioneer of photography in as much as he discovered the chemical process of developing a negative image into a positive one and the rest is history as they say.
Anyway - that's why I chose this image - it reminded me of his painting a composition only someone with a photographer's eye would see.
Have a good weekend.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20696)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-27
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): TE Meeting Peebles 2013 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-06 7:16