E.J.Wilkins

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Winchester Cathedral


At Peace

Standing on a plinth near the West door of Winchester Cathedral is a statue of a Rifleman.

The plinth bears the memorial, in block capitals :-

"TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
THE OFFICERS
WARRANT OFFICERS
NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
AND RIFLEMEN
OF
THE KING'S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR KING & COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

1939 - 1945"

I took this picture on Monday evening, the first time I have used my camera in the dark. I experimented with shutter settings and bracketing.

my vfxy

Winchester Cathedral


At Peace

Standing on a plinth near the West door of Winchester Cathedral is a statue of a Rifleman.

The plinth bears the memorial, in block capitals :-

"TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN MEMORY OF
THE OFFICERS
WARRANT OFFICERS
NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
AND RIFLEMEN
OF
THE KING'S ROYAL RIFLE CORPS
WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
FOR THEIR KING & COUNTRY
IN THE GREAT WAR
1914 - 1918

1939 - 1945"

I took this picture on Monday evening, the first time I have used my camera in the dark. I experimented with shutter settings and bracketing.

my vfxy

comments (18)

  • PhotoSam
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Nov 2006, 00:04
its a great night shot...8/10
EJWilkins: Thanks Sam, that's praise indeed smile
  • Sorcha
  • Canada
  • 19 Nov 2006, 00:25
Happy 50th Ellie... you are a star. you have a real talent for phtography, introspection, kindness and humour. i like you.

Sorcha...
EJWilkins: Thanks Sorcha, very kind words. smile
  • alex
  • United States
  • 19 Nov 2006, 04:15
the playing around worked, ellie! this one's got a great balance of light to make the soldier stand out, yet remain well-defined...and you still captured great detail in the stonework. jealous...
EJWilkins: Thanks Alex, luck played a great part and there were also a lot of rubbish shots. This one I was pleased with. I'm glad you like it too.
hey ellie,

terrific night shot. very crisp, clear details. i love the perspective of this shot, and the way the light illuminates certain parts of the building and statue. one suggestion...i wish that you had managed to capture the top of the building in the shot.
EJWilkins: Hi Nicole, I'm really pleased you like this one.
I was torn between keeping the whole of the top of the building and cropping some of it out. With all of it the statue seemed less significant, so I opted for the chop. I'll go back some time and have another try, see what happens smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Nov 2006, 08:47
Your experiment worked very well. I like it. The idea of using bracketing is a good one.
EJWilkins: Thanks Louis, glad you like it. The bracketing gave me a greater range of shots to choose from and also let me know which did and didn't work.
Hi there Ellie. Oh the joys of digital, ditch what is no good!! This is a really super photograph, well chosen. You still had a lot of work to do, focussing, DOF, composition and framing, all of which you have done very well indeed. Congratulations.
I have just picked up on the private comment you left for me and I will respond by email later, but just to say here, many thanks for your support. Regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Thanks Neil. I'll let you into a secret wink It was soo dark that I couldn't really see what I was photographing either through the viewfinder or the screen, except for the lights. So I stood the camera on a raised tomb and took some pictures, reviewed them and then took some more until I was reasonably happy. All I did with this was crop and change it to sepia, to get rid of a pink glow on the upper left of the picture where it is still a bit brighter.
Hi Ellie this is a very evocative shot. The sillhouette against the illuminated building is very effective.

I notice your camera is set at ISO 50, for nighttime shots I think you could increase this to 100 or even 200. This will give you a bit more flexibility and allow you to use faster shutter speeds or smaller apertures. You can get away with wide apertures as you have used (f2.8) because most digital cameras have considerably more depth of field at wide apertures than say 35mm cameras. There will however be occasions when you may need to use a smaller aperture. When you bracketed did you try different apertures or just shutter speeds? Hope you don't mind my 2penny worth wink
EJWilkins: Hi Alistair, and thank you. I really appreciate your input. I'll have another go with changing the ISO. I did for daytime shots but ended up with a lot of noise, which was rather annoying ... experience needed! I only tried different shutter speeds here, and didn't hang around in one place for too long because it was dark, quiet, and I was on my own.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 19 Nov 2006, 13:44
As this shot opened, Ellie, my eyes did a spontaneous WOW! I don't have a clue what you mean by 'bracketing' but whatever, it's a magnificent shot. Another great Sunday pic. smile
EJWilkins: Thank you Ginnie, I umm, thought the same. 'Bracketing' gets the camera to take two more shots, one each side of the first choice of exposure and often one of those is better, I think it's the same for all cameras.
  • dafredo
  • France
  • 19 Nov 2006, 13:49
Very nice angle, and the statue adds a lot!!! good job here
EJWilkins: Thank you Dafredo, without the statue I think it would have been quite an 'ordinary' picture.
Super angle. The statue seems to be really gaurding door of Winchester Cathedral.
This is a wonderful shot - Standing ovation !
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Nov 2006, 21:09
Excellent Ellie, well taken smile
hi Ellie, beautiful light and nice frame!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Nov 2006, 01:52
Great shot, Ellie. Might be presented even better if you ask shutterchance to not frame this one...removing the white frame would allow the black sky to become much bigger on the monitor.
EJWilkins: Hi Ray, I'm just catching up with some replies. I'm going to remove the frame as you've suggested. Many thanks. smile
Your Pict. so informative and meaningful, when i seen this i remember "the remembrance day" a few weeks a go. It's monumental moment esp. for english people.
Btw, terrific night shot and great angle.
  • Roland
  • France
  • 20 Nov 2006, 19:29
Hi Ellie.... Very nice shot. BRAVO - Nothing else to say !
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 20 Nov 2006, 20:03
Great shot and composition ellie. congratulations on a very successful night shot
nice shot,
a little too dark for me though,

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camera Konica Minolta Z5
exposure mode shutter priority
shutterspeed 3.2s
aperture f/2.8
sensitivity ISO50
focal length 6.0mm
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