This is St Stephen's Church and cemetery in the inner city suburb of Newtown. The original St Stephen's was built in 1842 and rebuilt in 1871. As such it is one of Sydney's oldest churches. It was designed by Edmund Blackett, who also designed St Andrew's Cathedral in Sydney, St Saviour's Church in Goulburn, the University of Sydney, Sydney Grammar School and St John's Glebe, to name a few. You can see photos of all of these buildings in my Gallery or see my Theme called Australian Architectural Landmarks.
The graveyard, known as Camperdown Cemetery, in which I was standing is one of my favourites. It has a strange history in that it was consecrated in 1847 and contains the remains of many famous Australians. Prior to its consecration, Sydney's two main cemeteries were on the sites which are now our Central Railway Station and Sydney Town Hall. The remains from those two sites were exhumed and moved to Camperdown Cemetery, which then served Sydney in conjunction with Rookwood Cemetery. It has gone through many periods of dereliction since.
There are a number of odd additions to it, such as a Gothic gate, a propeller from one of the huge ships made in the nearby Mort's Dock, and a huge anchor as a memorial to sailors.
The cemetery is not just spooky for the obvious reasons. In 1946 the body of a murdered girl was found here amongst the overgrown graves. Her murder was never solved. The graveyard is reportedly home to at least 4 ghosts, one of whom was a Matron of Sydney Hospital, Ms Bathsheeba Ghost (great name hey). She has been seen amongst the graves and also tending the sick in the nearby St Stephen's Hospice. You may recall me posting a photo of a gravestone, and something which looks like a light orb. That photo was taken here.
St Johns Glebe
St Saviours Goulburn
University of Sydney
St Andrews Cathedral
George Street Bank
The movement in the sky was obtained through using a 10 stop filter.
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lousat (75622) 2013-12-18 5:02
Ciao Lisa,una foto che andrebbe bene come manifesto per un film horror,che atmosfera da ultimo giorno,con quella lapide stesa per terra e quel cielo irreale ma che si compensa alla perfezione con la composizione.Grande scatto,prospettiva impressionante e dettagli al top!Buonanotte,Luciano
snunney (82591) 2013-12-18 5:05
A tradition over here to a Ghost story at Christmas, so this fits the bill nicely! The composition is great with the foreground gravestone making an excellent pointer toward the church. And, I like that streaky cloud sky, which contributes much to the atmosphere. Superb conversion to black and white. A very atmospheric composition, well presented and with a story to tell.
danos (85797) 2013-12-18 5:10
nice the view of the B/W scenery with the broken grave stone of the cemetery to dominating the foreground.The view of the St Stephen's church,cover the backdrop of the scene make it even more effective.
Noel_Byrne (23326) 2013-12-18 5:15
Sorry, first reaction when I see a super cool spooky shot like, its a beauty! The black and white treatment is ideal as its brought out such excellent tones across the whole scene and created a really creepy looking effect in the sky. As much as I still would stop and admire the style of the church itself, I have to admit that the idea of being watched by a ghost called Ms Bathsheeba would unnerve me a little.
Love the history behind this, and the fact that there are four, yes FOUR ghosts here! I wonder what the collective term is for ghosts? ....on googling it, it appears to be a Fright of Ghosts :)
Beautiful composition with the fallen over headstone like this, it creates a brilliant sense of depth, and welcomes us nicely into the scene with the ideal mood. As well as that the whole scene framed so perfectly with the trees.
I would wonder what the job must be like to relocate a cemetery? And I also wonder about the fact that the town hall and rail station used to be on cemeteries, surely that must be opening them up to spooky goings on.
Brilliant shot, and that's said with my ghoul head on.
With warmest spooky wishes from the other side of the world!
Subhogen (4065) 2013-12-18 5:43
Great effect on the sky to emphasize on the mood of this photo. Great choice of B&W for obvious reasons. Brilliant composition to include the broken tomb stone in the FG. Good angle and POV chosen. Well framed with the tree branches. Overall you have been 100% successful to portray the spooky mood you speak of in your elaborate note. Thanks for sharing a fantastic shot.
willperrett (6712) 2013-12-18 5:44
I see you're getting some more mileage out of that filter! It certainly works to interesting effect: I think I might ask Santa for one. I know you have an occasional penchant for monochrome, and I'm glad of it, as this is an excellent subject for such treatment. Maybe 1/2 stop less exposure if you really want the ghosties and ghoulies atmosphere!
williewhistler (13761) 2013-12-18 6:29
lovely use of the ND filter to get the effect in the clouds,combined with your gentle toning and well placed fallen headstone it does create a nice spooky atmosphere.
Really well considered photography which has left me wanting more..
Kindest regards Les.
ikeharel (56104) 2013-12-18 6:58
Photojob done marvelousely, Lisa. A skiilful technique of yours is admirable.
The texture gave grace as an old stuff pictyure drawn from some deep archive...
Nicely presented as well.
Good night from Israel,
Didi (56345) 2013-12-18 7:27
Very nice wide picture with a deep foreground
Original sky with clouds on movement
jemaflor (83779) 2013-12-18 8:19
Good result with this wide angle and the FG. And impressive effect in the sky with clouds, perfectly managed, tfs.
SNOOP_Chan (3905) 2013-12-18 9:15
Hello Lisa, very interesting image here. i love both the vertical and the b/w choice for the composition. I guess one rare old building in Australia, right? Good take.
parvatibb (1387) 2013-12-18 10:34
Very spooky!! Love the effect with the sky. Very well done!
krzychu30 (15496) 2013-12-18 11:07
first Rosemary,now You show us how to process pictures in monochrome.Your treatment here is superb and definitely makes your shot unique and so moody!
Speaking of which-the subject,the monochrome look and finally so nicely captured movement of the clouds give the scene unique,kind of spooky mood.
ktanska (24626) 2013-12-18 11:12
I can imagine well that this is about the oldest building you can find in that continent. Style is quite British, and I like that. Wide angle with a fallen gravestone in foreground is quite effective.
And fast moving sky, for some reason that reminds of stories of Edgar Allan Poe.
SnapRJW (30911) 2013-12-18 11:42
Superb use of your 10 Stop Lisa, there is a wonderful dynamism in the sky which contrasts well with the static architectural elements of your spooky shot. I love the way you have used the fallen gravestone as a lead in line which directs the eye to the church. Pity though to see it broken like this when it was once a proud marker for a loved one. Very good detail as I can almost read Mr George Eames full grave stone text! I love graveyards and appreciate the fine work you present here. Warm regards Rosemary
Sergiom (58770) 2013-12-18 11:56
I like the point of view a lot. It gives a sense of depth to the picture. The use of the black and white gives a lot of texture to the church and I love the sky moving very much.
Have a nice day
olive224 (2719) 2013-12-18 12:01
One word : whaouhhh !!
I love this image, the b&w conversion is awesome and the POV just excellent !
The sky and the moving trees, the sharpness on the church and grave, all of it is a keeper
Romano46 (17554) 2013-12-18 13:06
Ciao cara amica mia,
la tua tecnica è sempre sopraffina ed emerge in foto come questa nella quale la classe appare in tutto il suo splendore.
Ripresa impeccabile e gestione del bianco e nero superba.
Una foto ricca di significato.
Fa piacere vedere che il popolo do TE l'abbia apprezzata come era giusto che fosse.
ourania (30227) 2013-12-18 13:20
Hello dear Lisa,
this photo is fascinating due to its theme, composition and artistic treatment. I like very much the decisive perspectives that give an attractive dynamism to the still and peaceful view. This dynamism, along with the movement of the clouds and the richness and intensity of the monochrome, create a special character that exalts the theme and captivates the viewer. The textures in the foreground give to this artistic image an intriguing naturalness. Congratulations and thank you!
I like Will's treatment too, it's given the picture a romantic feel, making it look like an engraving.
All the best, have a lovely day,
carlo62 (31488) 2013-12-18 14:53
ricordo un vecchio post con una foto simile, probabilmente una serie di scatti.
Una scena molto efficace e di grande impatto visivo, l'impressione che ha avuto Luciano, la condivido in pieno.
Anzi, chissà che fatica portare la lapide da casa tua fino sul terreno ;)
Periko (2619) 2013-12-18 16:23
Great composition. Impressive view of the church and interesting effect in the sky.
B&W was a good choice for this scenery.
adidas5nb (5241) 2013-12-18 21:08
great shot with fantastic elements framing pp and pov.love the eerie effect you have managed to create in the frame.
jjcordier (75684) 2013-12-18 22:51
La combinaison grand angle-pose longue donne un effet intéressant (en particulier dans le ciel). Bon choix du noir et blanc qui donne du caractère à cette très bonne photo.
CLODO (30068) 2013-12-19 0:53
I appreciate the effect on the clouds using the ND grad filter, but I find your picture too light to believe in the title, even with the B&W mood. It should be, IMHO really dark as in my WS (thank you TREKEARTH)!!!
photoray (11807) 2013-12-19 8:04
Howdy Ghostchaser Lisa,
Definitely a atmospheric supernatural monochrome view of St. Stephen's Church, with the overturned tombstone, and unusual clouds surrounding, all in combined dark and light.
Reminds us our past, current and future are interconnected with our ancestors.
gojo (1769) 2013-12-19 9:19
You really managed to create some of the spooky feeling into this great photo!
Great framing and perspective, and the moving clouds adds to the special mood.
macjake (55614) 2013-12-19 10:47
you should now change the title of this photo to A Fright of Ghosts lol
I would love to camp out overnight here and wait for a Fright of Ghosts to approach me :) Better bring a couple pair of diapers too!
Honestly, though, I'm not kidding!! I would love to meet a ghost up close - am i crazy?
love the broken tombstone on the bottom, gives it a messy unorganized feel to the overall area.
wicked looking church too, whats not to enjoy here!
ummmm.....i just noticed something.....if you look closely, look on the left edge of the photo..i see a translucent figure of a human! not joking! I see a couple of legs...do you see it??
fabbs99 (16163) 2013-12-19 22:32
Good Morning and Namaste to you ! Nice shot in monochrome of the church from a low pov.Excellent contrast and sharpness.It is a fascinating composition with great exposure and splendid lowlights.TFS.
bostankorkulugu (42024) 2013-12-20 1:55
ok, the sky makes me dizzy a bit, but still very cool shot lisa...
timecapturer (48086) 2013-12-20 6:26
love this! Just been saying to Rosemary that B&W shots just do not get the recognition they deserve here on TE. Mind you there have been quite a few recently including my effort today. This one is in a different league though! It is a stunning POV and exquisite execution, with the big stopper filter adding to the effect and intrigue of this place. I like all the shades and textures that just seem to add to the atmosphere so perfectly. Top class and real quality!
Have a good weekend - Brian.
COSTANTINO (54516) 2013-12-20 22:25
artistc shot in sepia
dramatic atmosphere creating
have a nice weekend
dta (65764) 2013-12-21 1:46
Hello Lisa ,
Very good use of the low POV , the B&W , and the long exposure , to create a very strange atmosphere . Will'WS makes the scene yet more dramatic .
mirosu (13340) 2013-12-21 2:39
Excellent monochrome photo. Monochrome captures the mood of this scene much more than color could. You have created a really strong composition with great light, excellently framed in portrait format. I like the arrangement with the cemetery obelisk in front and the motion blur in the sky.
Wish you a very nice weekend.
ROADS IN SWISS ALPS
p.s Don't worry, I'm already planning a trip to Sydney in 2014.
annjackman (19257) 2013-12-21 2:50
The filter does indeed give the spooky effect that you wanted. The fallen headstone adds to the drama of the composition very well. I like the natural framing with the branches. A place that I wouldn't want to be alone!
Best wishes, Ann
papagolf21 (85498) 2013-12-21 6:36
Bonjour, chère Lisa,
Je me sens obligé de faire un arrêt sur cette très belle composition. La réussite est totale.
Le choix du noir et blanc est parfait pour restituer toutes les substituabilités de la scène.
Très bonnes fêtes.
Gigidusud (15161) 2013-12-21 13:25
Bellissima scena con un'atmosfera di halloween! Stupendo il cielo, buona scelta la versione B&W. Complimenti!
Ti auguro un buon natale per te e la tua famiglia,
Waylim (25186) 2013-12-21 16:38
Sorry, I have not check in with you in a little while. I hope all if fine with you and all the shopping are done and your just now enjoying the warm day with a glass of chilled wine While most of us are in the cold up here.
This is a very moody shot with the presentation in black and white and the tombstone in the foreground. The vertical format really adds lot of depth and those moving clouds give a little bit of eerie feel to the atmosphere.
If we don't connect between now and then, I wish you the best holiday season and health and happiness.
Bartleby (13532) 2013-12-22 2:17
the combined effect of a cool B&W conversion, the broken tombstone and the long exposure make for a cool shot dear!
rigoletto (34255) 2013-12-22 10:50
hi lisa. what immediately came to my mind is the dream scene from "fiddler on the roof", which takes place in a graveyard with lots of ghosts. splendid idea to make use of your filter, making available the ghost-like shapes of clouds in daylight. yes, the church is indeed something, but that fallen tombstone is a masterstroke. and lol for the finding of legs on the left. brrrr :))
Royaldevon (28641) 2013-12-23 1:59
I will have to get round to using my range of filters!!
This is a shot which immediately grabs attention, besides the title!! I like how you have used the stone as a pointer to the attractive church building and, 'then, the sky takes off, as if it is singing 'Allelujah!. Your b&w treatment adds to the sense of history.
Just this week, a young girl has been found murdered in England and her body shallowly buried in a graveyard!
Let's change the mood!
Have a very Happy Christmas,
adores (36219) 2013-12-23 18:03
An impressive place, with so much history! I like the format and the composition with the stone in foreground, it makes the photo more impressive, just like the place! Very good in b&w!
Wish you a Merry Christmas!
- Copyright: Lisa DP (delpeoples) (53001)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2012-00-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Australian Architectural Landmarks [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-18 4:47
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