E.J.Wilkins

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St Nicholas Church, Brockenhurst


A picture of - St Nicholas Church - in Brockenhurst, Hampshire taken last Friday afternoon (2nd March) when it was quite dark due to thick cloud, and heavy rain.

It's a beautiful old church, mentioned in the Domesday book and is recorded a Christian place of worship in AD 737. Because the church is on a mound it may have been built on a pagan site. The gravestones to the front of the church are the oldest, the churchyard extends round the back with wonderful views over fields and Forest.

The church has been gradually extended over the centuries. Inside the porch is Saxon masonry and a decorated Norman arch encloses the door. The building now nestles comfortably into its surroundings and is partly engulfed by the ancient Yew growing close to the spire. The tree is estimated to be more than 1,000 years old.

All parts of a Yew tree are poisonous. The trees had pagan significance, but even so it is thought  they were grown within churchyards because they were needed to provide wood for longbows and other archery items. Churchyards often contained the Butts, for archery practice.
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I have tried many times to take a successful picture of this church, one which includes the cockerel weather vane, but the sky always seems to conspire against me. I plan to return to take more pictures to share some of the detail.

Some of you may have noticed that I am using a different camera, an Olympus E-400. There are some claims that high at ISO images are very 'noisy', I think this picture may help dispel it as a myth. It was taken at ISO 800 and in truly atrocious weather conditions.

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St Nicholas Church, Brockenhurst


A picture of - St Nicholas Church - in Brockenhurst, Hampshire taken last Friday afternoon (2nd March) when it was quite dark due to thick cloud, and heavy rain.

It's a beautiful old church, mentioned in the Domesday book and is recorded a Christian place of worship in AD 737. Because the church is on a mound it may have been built on a pagan site. The gravestones to the front of the church are the oldest, the churchyard extends round the back with wonderful views over fields and Forest.

The church has been gradually extended over the centuries. Inside the porch is Saxon masonry and a decorated Norman arch encloses the door. The building now nestles comfortably into its surroundings and is partly engulfed by the ancient Yew growing close to the spire. The tree is estimated to be more than 1,000 years old.

All parts of a Yew tree are poisonous. The trees had pagan significance, but even so it is thought  they were grown within churchyards because they were needed to provide wood for longbows and other archery items. Churchyards often contained the Butts, for archery practice.
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I have tried many times to take a successful picture of this church, one which includes the cockerel weather vane, but the sky always seems to conspire against me. I plan to return to take more pictures to share some of the detail.

Some of you may have noticed that I am using a different camera, an Olympus E-400. There are some claims that high at ISO images are very 'noisy', I think this picture may help dispel it as a myth. It was taken at ISO 800 and in truly atrocious weather conditions.

please visit my vfxy
.

comments (13)

I like this old church and this old cemetary around. I spent hours in this kind of places looking on the tombstone one by one, reading the name of people deceased for centuries.
Great photo wich is going right now to my likey's smile smile
  • Josť-Angel
  • Sant Feliu de Llobregat (Barcelona)
  • 4 Mar 2007, 03:34
I believe that this photo transmits one more an atmosphere more real than the one than it transmits the photo of the connection that you accompany. You have obtained a very good photo. [G]
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 4 Mar 2007, 07:41
Good morning Ellie. You certainly dispelled the myths regarding the noise issue with this photo. I just wish I could get the same results above 100ISO on my panasonic - almost time for a 400D I think!! Very well photographed considering the conditions and as usual, a super bit of history. Many regards, Neil.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 4 Mar 2007, 09:53
The mood you have achieved here, Ellie, is transcendent. That's the only word I can come up with. I usualy think of something brighter with that word but in this case, I think it's exactly right. I love your new camera (but I also love your old one as well).
You did well here Ellie smile nice history lesson too.
  • Jon
  • 4 Mar 2007, 15:29
we often stop here for a picnic, before heading into Roydon Woods! There's a particularly fine stone bench at the gateway
  • Iain
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 4 Mar 2007, 17:53
Hey Ellie.. just realized you're shooting on an e-400. how do you like it? This is a spooky photo! The grey clouds help -- this wouldn't be nearly as cool in clear weather. good choice and timing! smile

The filters can be activated from the sub menu within the menu that you select Vivid, Standard, Muted, Monochrome... Select 'monochrome' and then toggle with the right arrow (at least on the e-330) to a page that provides you with filter options (yellow, orange, red, and green). From what i understand is that when the image is processed it essentially interpred each colour channel seperatley so that you get the most dynamic range out of the image possible (i.e. it's not reading/processing colours that are not needed due to the filtering).
Great shot, Ellie! Coincidentally, I was in our tiny cemetery yesterday and took photos of tombstones that look just like these ones. I love this old church you photographed and looking forward to some of it's details.
Wonderful old structure - grand image - very well done ellie!
  • Steve
  • 4 Mar 2007, 23:54
Really nice shot Ellie. Looking forward to seeing it again with more pleasing weather!
Very nice image, Ellie. The church has a distinct rustic feel to it. And it's quite well maintained for a structure that's more than 1200 years old!
This looks as if it could have come straight out of a storybook. A moody and affecting image. I enjoyed reading the historical information. Thank you.
  • Ngozi
  • 11 Mar 2007, 05:57
It's beautiful and eerie at the same time.

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camera E-400
exposure mode A-DEP program
shutterspeed 1/80s
aperture f/5.6
sensitivity ISO800
focal length 14.0mm
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