Dunkeld, which lies about 15 miles north of Perth on the River Tay, emerged as a centre of Christianity during the 7th Century, when Saint Columba came over from Iona, and much work was carried out by his successors. In the 9th Century, Kenneth MacAlpin, the first King of Scots, made Dunkeld head of the Celtic Church and capital of the newly-formed nation created by the union of the Scots and the Picts. The Church grew in power and wealth and this Cathedral, started in 1325, was extremely important in ecclesiastical terms until the Reformation in the 16th Century, when it was destroyed. The Choir of the Cathedral was re-roofed in 1600 to serve as the parish church, and there was relative peace until 1689, when there was a short, but extremely violent Battle between the Jacobites and the Cameronians (a newly-raised regiment supporting William of Orange) and most of the town of Dunkeld was burned to the ground.
I have shown you a view of the east end of this church before. Here is a different view, this time of the south wall of the original choir which now forms the present day church. The nave of the original cathedral lies behind it in the distance to the west and remains a ruin.
I shall attempt to show a picture or two of the interior of the church later. Unfortunately, at the moment, access is not allowed to the interior of the ruined part as the masonry is dangerous.
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Kielia (24077) 2012-04-24 4:07
you have captured this fascinating architecture very nicely. The composition is outstanding and the play of shadows and light makes the image very attractive. I also enjoyed reading the interesting note. My compliments!
lousat (85018) 2012-04-24 4:56
Hi John,how you play very well whit the perspective and whit the trees shadows! Magnificent capture and beautiful architechture,i like the fantastic light management and the top quality of sharpness and colors too! Excellent work,have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (49288) 2012-04-24 5:45
beautiful light in this wonderfully tranquil and calming composition. Exquisite detail and I love the tree shadows casting shapes on the old walls. An excellent and enticing composition, full of graceful and elegant lines. Captivating!
Regards - Brian.
SnapRJW (31629) 2012-04-24 8:01
Magical light John - I love the warmth it adds to the lovely old stone-work. The shadows add a nice contrast too as they dance across the façade. A good tracery of bare branches completes a well composed and managed shot. Warm regards Rosemary
PS. Isn't the detail in the arched window good?
bayno (18344) 2012-04-24 8:57
wonderful light and its management, I really like the perspective and architecture of this old church, there is always something to learn from your notes and your photos...have a good evening...
bartekp (4746) 2012-04-24 9:20
Very good shot, POV and colors. Plenty important infos in note.
Thanks for last comment.
annjackman (21356) 2012-04-24 10:37
I know this place as I have been at two conferences at a hotel just walking distance from here! I believe the river is famous for salmon fishing. Also I remember something about the local Birnham Wood mentioned in Macbeth. The light and shadows are lovely on the stonework of this beautiful church. You chose a good time of day to get great quality and depth. Fine work.
Best wishes, Ann
Tigerlily (3301) 2012-04-24 10:42
Beautifully captured image. I like the warm colour, light ,shadows and the blue sky.. the warm colour of the wall and light, make a beautiful contrast.
Royaldevon (34619) 2012-04-24 12:48
This is a wonderful shot; it has such a fabulous dappled light, fine guides and a dof which is text book stuff. I love the angle you have chosen, it produces excellent details and links together the bulding and its environment delightfully.
My warm regards,
Did you get my text about the silver sphere?
mesutilgim (90646) 2012-04-24 13:02
Very nice capture with nice warm sişde light.
Perfect pov and very good layout.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
npecanhuk (71938) 2012-04-24 13:46
Wonderful architectural details and natural surroundings!
Very attractive picture with excellent sharpness, exposure, colors, contrasts, chosen pov, vertical format, black borders and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Ces sont des détails naturels magnifiques!
C'est une photo vraiment belle et intéressante!
La netteté, la gestion de la lumière, les couleurs saturées superbes, le pdv choisi, le format vertical, l'encadrement noir & blanc et la compo sont excellents!
Merci du partage,
P.S.: Lots of problems with TE lately... I mean... They go on and on and on and on...
delpeoples (56000) 2012-04-25 5:48
Such extraordinary light here. The golden tones really are magical and are what make the shot (for me at least). The architecture is superb and it is obvious that you have composed this carefully: the tree being well-positioned, the pathway leading to the right foreground corner of the frame and even the lamp on the right mid ground included. The perspective is good and the accompanying note completes the opus beautifully. What a bloody and fascinating history Scotland has had. If these walls could only speak.
Thanks for sharing, have a great day
Lisa - not on the verge
brianmcc (6219) 2012-04-25 11:10
the sunlight illuminating the stonework is very appealing, and especially the way in which it has produced shadows of the tree branches on the walls is quite atmospheric. the path leads well into the picture, while the tall tree to the left is shaped perfectly to help frame the scene. the hint of blue sky with the white accompanying clouds finishes the picture very well.
debmercury (304) 2012-04-28 11:05
I have choosen to review this photograph because of the beautiful architecture ( I love spires and flying butresses) the line of spires gives this photograph a lovely depth of field.
All the best
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (22926)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-28
- Categories: Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-04-24 4:03