as a matter of principle I do not take photos of churches even though they are magnificent works of Architecture...... but during my last stay in England I saw that many churches have been converted into private dwellings with their own cemetery by the entrance door !!!!!
however some other have been converted to restaurants
here we are looking at the Bel & the Dragon.... in my opinion approaching this building during the daytime is a bit daunting ... but during the evening is far more pleasant.I would also say that is not easy for an Architect to introduce changes and decorate the inside for the purpose of a restaurant..... in this case they did a magnificent job and we had the best dinner during our stay in England.
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Corry (4508) 2013-11-07 13:46
Beau point de vue pour prendre une photo de cette ancienne église. Un architecte doit faire preuve d'imagination pour transformer un tel bâtiment en restaurant. L'ambiance doit être particulière pour les clients qui vont manger et boire dans ce restaurant, du moins la première fois. Bon éclairage sur la façade. Bien fait. Bonne journée.
serp2000 (42558) 2013-11-07 19:45
Amazing story...))) But anyway I like this architecture, impressive heritage of the past times. Excellent photo, nice colors and perfect sharpness. TFS!
Have a nice weekend!
pajaran (56646) 2013-11-07 22:11
Lep pogled na Crkvu ...
Dobra kompozicija, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitektura sa detaljima.
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
Nice view of the Church ...
Good composition, nice place indicated, and architecture details.
A good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Have a great and successful day, all the best.
emka (89461) 2013-11-07 23:52
Hello Gus, Why you do not take the photos of churches?? I make a lot of photos of churches, mosques, wats, pagodas and so on, as you can easily guess :). For me it is strange that the church can be converted in the hotel or restaurant. It is impossible in Poland. interesting note and fantastic shot, I like this ivy creeping the walls.
WArm regards for you and Dawn MAlgo
Kamilutka (8105) 2013-11-08 4:04
I am glad you made an exception for this church because it is quite charming. The architecture is really interesting but what I like the most about it is the ivy covering the walls. You had lovely light which makes the colors warmer and more attractive.
Thanks for sharing
marina7 (8055) 2013-11-08 9:17
looks pretty attractive especially with the ivy creeping up. I miss the bright colors right now. Strange people... I would never take delight in sleeping or eating with a cemetery at my porch.
A well-taken shot, hope you enjoyed the weather.
Now who's your pick for the wtf title?:))
PaulVDV (25635) 2013-11-08 13:36
This is an excellent capture of the church, taken from a good angle with perfect sharpness and attractive colours.
Because the church attendance has strongly declined in Belgium, there are a lot of churches that no longer serve as a prayer house. Here also a few of them have been converted to a restaurant.
I have to admit that I don't understand why in principle you don't take any pictures of churches. There are so many beautiful churches and cathedrals in the world, as well as mosques and temples of other religions. You don't have to confess the same religion or to agree with what you show on the picture, to draw our attention to something beautiful or peculiar or special or just something that keeps you busy.
Best regards, Paul
abmdsudi (48830) 2013-11-08 20:43
A fine church and its architectural beauty created by the diagonal lines, this looks very tranquil scene and what an enterprising ideas! I think you have benefited much from the situation there showing summer colours at its best and the mouth watering polarised blue sky is so well filled. It's very well composed and of course your first class light and shadow controlled and composed. Awesome and seamlessly done, great notes too. Congrats
jhm (146700) 2013-11-09 0:26
Nobody must are religious for taking churches or other religion objects.
You picture is very good taken, with nice details and great architecture.
Sharpness and clarity are pleasant to look at.
Great composition, perfectly captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
delpeoples (56054) 2013-11-09 1:55
Oh this is a delightful church, what a wonderful church and what a great POV you chose.. Fantastic colours, great contrasts and superb light control. A stunning photo, nicely done.
danos (92654) 2013-11-09 3:41
great this brilliant light that enhance the vivid colours of the scene making the view of the church unique.I like the contrast of the colours,the details as the excellent presentation.
ikeharel (65269) 2013-11-09 10:41
Such a beautiful edifice converted into a restaurant, and I wonder why you wrote it was "daunting" to approach? the place looks intriguing and interesting. Maybe in a town that called GODALMING, starts with the G-O-D letters has a heavenly supervision and safeguarding... so people can do whatever they wish.
Fine shot in great bright daylight.
Have a nice weekend,
cornejo (37729) 2013-11-09 11:22
Hola Gus, excelente foto de esta típica iglesia británica, muy buen encuadre, nitidez, bonita luz y color, estupendo e interesante trabajo muy bien realizado, mis felicitaciones amigo de las antípodas, gracias por compartir.
Buen dia y feliz comienzo de semana.
nikkitta (17066) 2013-11-09 15:57
hay, hay, pq no tomas gotos de iglesias, o mezquitas o lo q sea?
Esta foto es muy buena, con un buen contraste y tomada desde muy buen angulo
Me alegra q por una vez aca no muestres tu humor y te concentres en una buena foto
Me impreionaria comer en una antigua iglesia por eso de los funerales, ni creo que entrara
Te felicito por foto y la buena comida
Pasa un buen domingo con un asadito
La escalera de mi foto esta en una tienda de Armany, probable q el arguitecto haya sido italian
Nicou (133510) 2013-11-09 21:17
quelle église sueprbe avec la couverture du lierre et de la végétai ton merveilleuse compo et cadrage quelle architecture.
Bravo et amitié
sabermonajati (10885) 2013-11-10 7:09
amazing architecture you captured.
adramad (42045) 2013-11-10 11:43
Sorprendente ubicacion para un restaurante, el edificio gótico es toda una joya, supongo que en el pasado seria alguna iglesia, el enorme ventanas y la pequeña torre resultan encantadores.
Magnífico el colorido de la imagen.
Muy buena tambien la nitidez y la luminosidad perfecta.
Buen trabajo, me gusta el encuadre, totalmente en mi linea.
Feliz comienzo de semana.
Saludos muy cordiales.
jemaflor (91349) 2013-11-12 10:48
Lovely light capture, beautiful colors to present this church, perfect sharpness, good angle.
josepmarin (58087) 2013-11-13 3:46
el ángulo visual que buscaste es muy eficaz a nivel gráfico, y crea una elegante perspectiva en diagonal de la bella arquitectura de esta antigua iglesia, ahora convertida en restaurante. Debe ser muy interesante cenar en el interior, con las paredes de piedra y los altos techos.
La hiedra que trepa por la fachada, y los árboles, añaden un bonito toque de color verde que contrasta con el vivo azul del cielo y los tonos pardos del edificio.
Bello trabajo, amigo.
Un abrazo para ti y cariños para Dawn,
Pili & Josep
mirosu (15878) 2013-11-13 18:14
The view up to the church is clever. The composition is well chosen, with excellent combination of light and colors and perfect deep depth of field. I like the clear blue color of the sky because it contrasts nicely with the browns and greens in the photo. Bravo.
kato (11630) 2013-11-16 3:07
You're capturing well this architecture by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the church which converted into restaurant. It seems to architecture with simple design and beautiful window. It's also tasteful for the green moss on wall. And, it harmonizes beautifully with blue sky.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-11-18 23:55
Hello Gus - This is an interesting shot and particularly because the church has been recycled as a restaurant... that tells us a lot about shifting attitudes in England doesn't it? I have a brother who converted a small nunnery into a home, I think he did quite a successful job marrying the lovely old features and still making a comfortable place to live in. Your shot shows the building off under the most favourable conditions, good light and a lovely blue sky result in an attractive well balanced shot. The building is lovely and I am curious as to the name of the restaurant; The Bell and Dragon, I wonder if it is named for some features in the building? Warm regards Rosmary
adores (42331) 2013-11-20 14:53
Here I've seen churches that became bars, supermarkets, barns...Looking at this one, I believe it must be very interesting inside also. A good shot, the pov, light and colours are great!
thebest (4276) 2013-11-28 18:27
What a fabulous meal we had ourselves in this Church that has been converted into a gourmet restaurant... it was memorable.
You managed to capture a perfect shot considering the brightness of the day & how frustrating it was that the cars just kept driving by - making it difficult to get a photo - your perseverance certainly paid off!!
The colours, clarity, your POV & the overall content all perfect & the ivy looks lovely on this beautiful old converted Church.
I love it!!!
MUCHOS LUV... Dawn.
macjake (63232) 2013-12-12 23:20
it was pretty hard to resist this photo from your gallery....its all about the fantastic light and exposure that drew me to it.
the light and colors are super, the 2 sets of doors really sparkle and take notice, as do the green colors.
lovely sky too, whats not to like!
Periko (4034) 2014-02-16 18:32
Yo en cambio le tomo fotos a cuanta iglesia me encuentro por ahí. Esta en particular tiene un estilo muy atractivo. Las condiciones de luz fueron muy buenas al tomar la foto.