This is the ruins of Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Border town of - Melrose. This is where Robert the Bruce has his heart buried - in fact the place of burial is just to the right of this shot.
I was visiting this place as a result of attending a TE meeting, having been very kindly invited. I must say it was a pleasure to meet so many new and friendly people whose company I enjoyed immensely. The downside to such meetings, however, is that I now have to attend alcoholics anonymous, go on a diet and receive counselling!
This shot is dedicated to Ann Jackman (for inviting me), John Cannon for being such a good host and great fun, Bev Robinson for being a sound northerner and Will Perret because I promised him I would put a black and white shot up and dedicate it to him (I must have been drunk!). No doubt Will will not comment on the sharpness of the image (because you can't tell) and tell me that there is a tell tale halo that reveals excessive burning where the sky and building meet! Regardless, you are always welcome to visit for a curry, Will!
Enjoy - I did. It was lovely to meet you all and your partners and Richard, Martin and Marius too.
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siudzi (27691) 2013-10-28 2:58
It sounds that you had a fantastic TE meeting!
I've never visited this place however the ruins of Melrose Abbey looks truly unique at your presentation. The b&w fits well and added something very special to the place. Excellent execution as always. TFS.
sabermonajati (8291) 2013-10-28 3:11
excellent view from this old and interesting building you captured.
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-10-28 3:17
first great TE-meeting and then great shot!
I thinkB&W was a best choice for this scene.Monochrome emphasizes much better all textures of these old walls and what I like more about your shot is the way you´ve coped here with light&shades.
Have a nice day
mkamionka (27031) 2013-10-28 4:01
I am even more speechless seeing your photo than I was at the meeting :)
Beautiful work. The conditions were quite challenging and you did a fantastic job here. I like the contrast of the sharp abbey and the smoothed sky. Great that you were able to capture some features in the sky as well. We can almost touch the rough surface of the walls. That is very impressive!
It was pleasure to meet you, I am sorry I could not be involved in conversation that much.
timecapturer (36924) 2013-10-28 4:40
this was a TE meet that John invited me to, but personal circumstances meant I had to decline. Have always wanted to visit this old abbey so I am looking forward to seeing the results. This is so moody and an image that you have stamped your style and technique all over. Glorious textures and a real air of mystery. It works beautifully.
Have a great week - Brian.
Sounds like you had a great time.
Spent most of the night listening to the wind pounding the coast here like a runaway train. Very scary!
adidas5nb (2821) 2013-10-28 6:06
superb haunting pic in b n w with great texture and contrast.love the eerie feel.
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-10-28 6:10
What a shot, part of a magnificent ruined medieval abbey on a grand scale with lavishly decorated masonry and cracking textures, I think this is a good candidate and absolutely has to be in b&w. Your PP work really bore excellent results and this does have startling clarity, great contrast and a sense of scale and depth. The angry sky turns this quite sinister at the same time stops the eye from escaping up and away. Striking shot but very spooky feeling...
Kamilutka (3738) 2013-10-28 9:37
I have managed to visit this place during my few years in Scotland but you made it look so much more dramatic than I remember it. Good choice of B&W and well given contrast. Perfect sharpness. The small tree in the corner adds some life to the whole image.
Thanks for sharing
ourania (18490) 2013-10-28 12:57
youe TE meeting sounds fun and your note is funny:) I like very much the upward point of view and the tight composition that fill the frame with interest and don't allow our eyes wander from the peculiarly luminous tones the stunning textures of the ruined abbey. What we see through windows and openings adds interest as well. I also like the drama created by the lighting and the grey tones. You made the abbey stand out in a rather homogeneous ambiance in which it is thoroughly integrated. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
willperrett (4025) 2013-10-28 15:20
No and yes!
Sharpness: maybe a touch over-sharpened!
Halo: it's there, though I wouldn't have noticed it if you hadn't brought it to my attention!
Actually I think you've made a really good job of a location I couldn't really "see". Even the scaffolding isn't intrusive. The monochrome works a treat, adding drama and removing the flat lighting. I'm touched at your dedication. It was great to meet you, and hope we will again in the not too distant future.
jcpix (6456) 2013-10-28 17:45
By all accounts, it sounds like you all had a great time! :) Glad you had the opportunity to meet other members and enjoy each others company. I was pleasantly surprised to see this was yours, a bit unexpected from your genre of imagery...but with your usual quality none the less.
Halo or not, one which I can't make out, I absolutely love the contrast of textures between the ruins and sky...what a fantastic combo! And then of course the black & white for dramatic effect, this turned out great. Sharp, detailed and moody...a really neat shot! Looking forward to see what else comes from this get together. Have a great day ahead.
macjake (45540) 2013-10-28 23:57
another TE meeting i see! So you're getting to meet a number of us now! thats great.
Wish I were there to join in on the fun, perhaps some other time.
Reading the notes below, Mariusz commented he was sorry for not communicating that much, perhaps his english is not up to par? But I'm sure he enjoyed every moment though!
I'm still waiting for the other TE members to post shots from this meeting too.
cool shot, it has that spooky type of vibe to it.
I look at it and can't help but wonder about its history and the many stories it hides in its walls.
excellent choice for a TE meeting.
lovely mood and atmosphere.
see you around
macondo (18461) 2013-10-29 0:49
Never mind the halo, let's enjoy the detail and the monochrome tones. While there doesn't seem to be a focal point, except the gnarled tree,there's so much to see in this that it's a pleasure roving one's eye around it in the high res (almost too high - I have to scroll even in 'full screen' mode) and peering through the arched windows at more of the ruins. I did meet Martin, Richard and Ann earlier this year, and maybe I can make it to the more northerly parts when I come over next year in September.
Noel_Byrne (13182) 2013-10-29 1:30
What a sight, this fine ruin presents such a beautiful scene in black and white, I love the effect you created here, the tree is the lower left adds a real sense of spookiness to the whole place. I must get to see this myself someday, a subject I really love.
Love your note too, great to hear of such a great meeting of TE pro's
Royaldevon (21345) 2013-10-29 1:55
What impresses me most about your shot of Melrose Abbey is that there is no hint of the scaffolding and renovations that were a very prominent feature! You have managed to capture the ruin with a sense of spooky beauty. The b&w works really well to influence this impression.
I think the positioning of the tree works well as a guide and to promote the sense of depth.
Hope all goes well with the knee surgery,
SnapRJW (23510) 2013-10-29 2:21
Dramatic in B&W and wonderfully textural Mike. A well considered presentation of the old abbey. Warm regards Rosemary
annjackman (15473) 2013-10-29 2:29
Wow, I can't believe what you have done with this subject. The weather was not great and the scaffolding put me off taking many photos. I hardly notice the scaffolding in your image. You have impressive detail in the old stonework and the b/w conversion with the dramatic sky works a treat. Stunningly sharp! Excellent photography and post-processing. It was so good to meet you at the TE meeting that John organised so very well for us. It was a pity that you had to go back home on Sunday ready for your appointment on Monday as Martin organised a superb tour of the area in relatively good weather. I am sure that you will see some pics from that day (Mariusz has already posted I think). Our flight back was after the big storm in the South and was only a few minutes delayed. Very best wishes and look forward to meeting you at another TE meeting perhaps.
lousat (63989) 2013-10-29 2:46
Hi Michael,your work in PP is really fantastic,magnificent black and white HDR,perfect for ruins and sky like these,very imposing perpsective,great quality and a touch of mystery..i like it!! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
kabel (1251) 2013-10-29 19:55
Hello, fantastic detail and good choice in b/w. Excellent composition. It sounds like the TE meeting went well and the group visited some great places and came away with some excellent photographs. What fun!
williewhistler (9787) 2013-10-30 2:57
lovely composition and top class PP work has rewarded us with a fine mono portrayal of the Abbey,the spooky atmosphere is great for the subject.Love it.
Best regards Les.
spigola (467) 2013-11-05 13:33
A great capture of gothic inspiration that includes all the elements: ruins, menacing sky, a dark story about a heart buried there...
Congratulations!I just love it!
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (6136)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2013-10-26
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
- Exposure: f/11, 1/45 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): TE Meeting Peebles 2013 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-28 2:27