I decided to keep this picture, taken during the TE meeting in Scottish Borders, for Halloween.
My home country, Poland, is traditionally Roman Catholic. Catholic church celebrates the November 2nd as a day of all faithful people who passed away regardless where their soul ended up. On November 1st comes another celebration: day of All Saints, means those of passed away who ended up in Heaven. On and around November 1st Polish people gather on cemeteries to light up candles on tombs of their relatives and friends and to pray for their souls.
In recent years American version of this celebration called Halloween arrived in Poland as well.
Halloween (a contraction of All Hallows' Evening, also known as All Hallows' Eve or All Saints’ Eve) is a yearly celebration observed in a number of countries on October 31, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day. Typical festive Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending costume parties, decorating, carving pumpkins into jack-o'-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, visiting haunted attractions, playing pranks, telling scary stories, and watching horror films.
This photo presents one of the main attractions in Scottish Borders: Melrose Abbey.
St Mary's Abbey, Melrose is a part ruined monastery of the Cistercian order in Melrose, Roxburghshire, in the Scottish Borders. It was founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks on the request of King David I of Scotland, and was the chief house of that order in the country, until the Reformation. The east end of the abbey was completed in 1146. Other buildings in the complex were added over the next 50 years. The abbey was built in the Gothic manner, and in the form of a St. John's cross. A considerable portion of the abbey is now in ruins, though a structure dating from 1590 is maintained as a museum open to the public. Alexander II and other Scottish kings and nobles are buried at the abbey. The embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is also said to rest on the abbey's grounds, while the rest of his body is buried in Dunfermline Abbey. In 1812, a stone coffin that some speculated was that of Michael Scot, the philosopher and "wizard", was found in an aisle in the abbey's south chancel. The abbey is known for its many carved decorative details, including likenesses of saints, dragons, gargoyles and plants. On one of the abbey's stairways is an inscription by John Morow, a master mason, which says Be halde to ye hende ("Keep in mind, the end, your salvation"). This has become the motto of the town of Melrose.
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SnapRJW (23538) 2013-10-31 0:02
Hello Mariusz - I remember as a child we used to celebrate All Saints and All Souls in the Anglican Church and halloween did not exist. Our closest festivity to the end of October was November 5th and Gut Fawkes Day.
I love the delicate nature of your processing here, the sky is overcast and for the beautiful subject matter injects the shot with atmosphere. A good composition too with plenty of fine detail. Have a fine day. Rosemary
Gigidusud (10158) 2013-10-31 0:13
Beautiful architecture with nice contrast colors and splendid light. Great POV and framing. Well done!
Have a nice day,
dkmurphys (42431) 2013-10-31 0:49
This looks like a perfect place for a Halloween time but in the evening. During the day, is quite attractive and enjoyable for a walk.
annjackman (15487) 2013-10-31 0:52
It was so nice to meet you at the TE meeting. You have made a super job of the abbey and avoided the worst of the scaffolding. The grey sky really worked for you and the filter boosted the atmosphere very well. The red tones in the stone also come across very well indeed. Beautifully composed with the gravestones forming both a FG interest and a lead in.
Excellent quality as usual from you.
Kind Regards, Ann
Noel_Byrne (13234) 2013-10-31 1:21
I love this place you have posted today, what an amazing ruin. Considering the condition of the building, the level of dettail in the window tracery is astounding. You really chose a perfect point of view to show the epic size of this place, and the inclusion of the headstones gives a nice sensation of depth, as well as that cool Halloween feel too! The sky adds beautiful drama to it.
emka (64124) 2013-10-31 2:32
Podobnie jak nie lubię Walentynek, tak samo nie lubię Halloween, bo to sprzeczne z nasza polska tradycja i jest to czysta komercja. Te święta sa potrzebne, żeby zapełnic supermarkety czymś nowym. Ale to tylko narzekania starej baby, mlode pokolenie już się do tego przyzwyczaja. Ale tego tłoku, który jutro będzie i tych korków w drodze na cmentarze też niezbyt lubię.. Ale pewnie będzie pięknie, jest jeszcze ciepło, jesienne drzewa i morze świateł.
Po tej dygresji, malownicze ruiny starego opactwa. Jak zawsze, super zdjecie.
Fis2 (76922) 2013-10-31 2:59
Lubie takie obiekty.
Choc trudno ruiny nazwac pieknymi ;)
Te sa wspaniale.
Plyty cmentarne dodaja tutaj klimatu.
timecapturer (36978) 2013-10-31 5:34
a beautiful shot to commemorate this day and evening. Not a lover of Halloween but feel the ceremony that you describe is more pertinent to this time, especially as my Mother passed away on All Saints Day.
This image benefits from the moody sky and of course your accomplished execution. A fascinating place and fitting tribute to the emotive celebrations of your homeland.
Sergiom (45308) 2013-10-31 6:29
Un très beau cadrage vertical qui donne de la profondeur à la composition, à partir du monument à tes pieds jusqu'à cette superbe ruine à l'arrière plan. Le ciel est d'un dramatique adéquat.
Kamilutka (3738) 2013-10-31 8:23
coz za znaczace zdjecie w tych dniach. Podoba mi sie i fotografia za bardzo ladne kolory i ciekawe ujecie, jak i rowniez bardzo interesujaca notka. Ja praktycznie nie obchodze tego swieta w Grecji, wiec dziekuje za przypomnienie.
Co do Melrose Abbey, to pamietam te ruiny dosc dobrze i Twoje zdjecie ladnie odzwierciedla troche surowe piekno tego miejsca.
danos (78040) 2013-10-31 9:22
nice the view of the place as is dedicated for TE meeting in Scottish Borders.Well chosen the vertical format with the St. Mary's Abbey,to dominating the backdrop of the scene.The moody weather adds more light on the foreground of the image.
Romano46 (11393) 2013-10-31 9:59
incredibilmente bella per l'accostamento di colore e per il soggetto .
Anche il cielo grigio ben si intona alla scena che hai composto in maniera eccellente.
SAtraordinaria anche la nitidezza.
Ciao e buona serata
siudzi (27701) 2013-10-31 10:50
Wybrałeś super interesujący POV na ten kadr. Właściwie wszystko jest na 'na swoim' miejscu oraz zachwyca jakością realizacji. Soczysta zieleń wspaniale wydobywa kolory kamiennych bloków i sprawia, że są znakomicie zaprezentowane. Dla nie świetna praca!
Graal (92118) 2013-10-31 11:47
szkoda, ze to ruina. Kiedys to byl piekny gotyk. Ladne ujecie z cmentarzem na 1szym planie. Ciekawa notka. Halloween to dla mnie zbedne w naszej kulturze "swieto". Zdjecie bdb.
williewhistler (9819) 2013-10-31 12:14
I do like your composition with good use being made of the headstones to give FG interest and a nice lead in to the Abbey.
Good use of the filter has resulted in a very well balanced shot with gorgeous detail and a terrific atmosphere,lovely work.
Kind regards Les.
macjake (45574) 2013-10-31 12:40
thanks for that info about Polish history and culture, I din't know about that.
perhaps we will see some cemetery photos from our Polish TE members coming up in the next few days?
I think John has been here a time or two no?
great place for a TE meeting for sure.
the misplaced, or untidy nature of the stones work well, cemeteries in photographs are best when there is a 'dirty' nature to them.
excellent definition, colors, light and sharpness as usual.
see you around!
carlo62 (19333) 2013-10-31 15:16
la stessa cosa che è successa in Italia.
La foto rimane comunque bella, ottimamente composta e con ottimi colori.
La schema è simile alla precedente, anche se i soggetti sono molto diversi.
fabbs99 (11030) 2013-10-31 23:43
Very nice picture of this very impressive abbey ,now in ruins.Perfect composition and sharpness.Excellent photography.Very well done - hope you are enjoying the weekend.
Royaldevon (21379) 2013-11-01 3:05
Ha! Ha! I was going to post a shot of the abbey, taken from almost the same place as this but we don't want to bore people with too many similar shots!
Did you use your light filter on this for your sky has more depth of colour than mine?
I like the use of the gravestones as a scene-setter and also to create that sense of depth to the abbey. Good contrast has brought out the undulations of the grass.
You have captured the architectural details and the colour of the abbey really well.
Have a lovely day,
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-11-01 11:32
Fine shot of the eerie ruin - the superb structure taken from this viewpoint so well exploited by great colour contrast, clarity, immense textures and great dof making this a really pleasing. How wonderful you have used the tombstones strongly in the fg adding the extra interest, but I love the fresh green to vitalise the whole scene but somehow bit of mysterious atmospheric sky looks almost perfect for Halloween night! Great catch, clever title too! Congrats.
nikkitta (8885) 2013-11-01 13:19
Interesting note, same tradition happens in Argentina and also in Spain, but also the same, children begin to be interested in Halloveen, not a fan of imported traditions, but ...it s spreading
Like this ruins (full of histiry) well presented with the stormy sky and lapid at the Fg
Happpy Halloween and cheers
Next years I think you will be asking for sweets and singing to help your daughter
mjw364 (6142) 2013-11-01 13:44
Yes Halloween! Great picture to choose to "celebrate" the event! Good compositional technique using the headstones as FG that also provide a sense of scale. I did not get around to this side of the abbey so you are showing me something I did not see!
Take care have a good weekend.
lousat (64069) 2013-11-01 14:00
Hi Mariusz,an excellent pic to celebrate Halloween,great point of view to create this magic composition whit the tombs and the spectacular ruins in background,i like a lot your work in PP,whit these soft details and pastel colors.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
PaulVDV (17217) 2013-11-02 2:33
Here in the beginning of November we have the same holidays and the same religious and cultural practices as in Poland. As so much other things coming from the US, also Halloween has overrun this country and I think that the young generation these days only likes to be engaged in Halloween ...
I really like your picture of Melrose Abbey.
This is a great example of the cultural and religious heritage of Scotland.
You took the abbey from a good angle, including some tombstones on the foreground. Despite the overcast sky the clarity is excellent and the stone colour and the green grass make it a pleasant view.
Best regards, Paul
delpeoples (48576) 2013-11-02 10:05
What a great shot for Halloween - or All Soul's Day. You make a good observation with the gradual Americanisation of the day, I see it too here in Australia, in Ireland and even in Italy. Excellent vertical frame, lovely depth and incredible contrasts. Your subject matter is wonderful and I'm even happier to know that this excellent photo is the product of a TE Meeting.
have a happy weekend
PS: The photo of your little girl in costume is adorable!
mesutilgim (72900) 2013-11-02 12:58
Great capture with perfect pov and good chosen portrait format. Many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
SWEETFREEDOM (19902) 2013-11-03 0:50
good contrast of colors and interesting old ruins. for the notes in Italy is the same as Poland.
adramad (30865) 2013-11-03 9:04
A fantastic composition, with these impressive ruins, certainly the abbey must have been a monument of great beauty and grandeur in its heyday, this still is perceived in the fabulous ruins, as in those huge gothic windows.
Well done. I love
Magnificent management of brightness and good sharpness.
Have a good evening.
Miguel82 (14376) 2013-11-04 7:47
Dear Mariusz, thanks for your kind critique, that magnificent castle reminds me a video games or movie scene, good colors and pov, a remarkable architecture well kept, Have a good evening
Cricri (92095) 2013-11-05 6:15
Je ne peut pas dire que je n'aime pas Halloween, car c'est l'anniversaire de mon fils :-))
un lieu qui me fait toujours frémir, bien que je trouve l'architecture très belle même en ruine, et les pierres tombales sur ce tapis vert, belle présentation
Angshu (52890) 2013-11-20 23:18
Your processing, as always, coaxes the details out beautifully, this time on the remains of the abbey & the gravestones in the FG. Against the dark sky, the colours come out beautifully!
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (27051)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-26
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS Kiss X4, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Cokin Grad ND8
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): TE Meeting Peebles 2013 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-30 23:54