E.J.Wilkins

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The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


The Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is at Winchester – here –
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This picture, taken from the footpath crossing the field to the south west of St Cross, shows a tiny part of the Brothers' quarters (the little window in the end gable on the left). The West front of the church is on the right. Also on the right, between the church and the gatehouse, can be seen a section of the Cloisters 'ambulatory'.

The building with the red tiled roof to the left of the gatehouse is the Brethren's Hall, which retains most of its original mediaeval features. Up the stairs is a large room where the twenty five brothers met to eat and socialise, it's still used for special occasions and feast days.

Also within the Brethren's Hall is the kitchen, which was brought up-to-date during Victoria's reign, a 'Meat room' and cellars, all of which are open to for public viewing.

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The sky gives an idea of the weather on the day I visited St Cross, at best it could be described as 'changeable'.

Thanks to all who helped my with advice about verticals, a slight tweak was needed here due to lens distortion.

(edit 11 July:  I unintentionally uploaded the image that hadn't had any tweaks for contrast, thanks to Colin, David and Les for pointing this out.)
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St Cross is a charitable institution; it is non-secular. It receives no support from central government, and depends entirely on day to day donations. If you would like to offer financial support please look here  http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm for more information.

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If you would like to see more of my pictures of St Cross please look - here -
If you like what you see, perhaps you would like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps.
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The Hospital of St Cross, Winchester


The Hospital of St Cross and Almshouse of Noble Poverty is at Winchester – here –
…..

This picture, taken from the footpath crossing the field to the south west of St Cross, shows a tiny part of the Brothers' quarters (the little window in the end gable on the left). The West front of the church is on the right. Also on the right, between the church and the gatehouse, can be seen a section of the Cloisters 'ambulatory'.

The building with the red tiled roof to the left of the gatehouse is the Brethren's Hall, which retains most of its original mediaeval features. Up the stairs is a large room where the twenty five brothers met to eat and socialise, it's still used for special occasions and feast days.

Also within the Brethren's Hall is the kitchen, which was brought up-to-date during Victoria's reign, a 'Meat room' and cellars, all of which are open to for public viewing.

….. 

The sky gives an idea of the weather on the day I visited St Cross, at best it could be described as 'changeable'.

Thanks to all who helped my with advice about verticals, a slight tweak was needed here due to lens distortion.

(edit 11 July:  I unintentionally uploaded the image that hadn't had any tweaks for contrast, thanks to Colin, David and Les for pointing this out.)
….. 

St Cross is a charitable institution; it is non-secular. It receives no support from central government, and depends entirely on day to day donations. If you would like to offer financial support please look here  http://www.stcross.f2s.com/howhelp.htm for more information.

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If you would like to see more of my pictures of St Cross please look - here -
If you like what you see, perhaps you would like to donate to the charity. Every penny helps.
.....
.

comments (20)

I like the mood imparted by that threatening sky.
Changeable, would be a good description of the UK weather. Love the sky.
  • Kay
  • 10 Jul 2007, 04:57
Beautiful shot, Ellie! I agree with Red Pen, the clouds do cast a moody and dramatic shot. smile
I certainly don`t see any problems with vertical in this photograph, so I`d say you got some excellent advice! (:o)

I am going to make sure I visit this place, Ellie. It looks so interesting. (:o)
EJWilkins: I had some excellent advice Ros, took me a little while to work it all out, but I managed it in the end. I can't say I enjoy using PS though, far too complicated.
Love the church great snap
  • Suby
  • Milton Keynes, UK
  • 10 Jul 2007, 08:33
Another very beautiful capture

Suby
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 10 Jul 2007, 09:35
I love the hint of the church on the right in this pic, Ellie. And you KNOW I have to say I love the weather vane AND the lowering sky--two of my favorite things in the world!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Jul 2007, 10:28
Great picture, ominous clouds. Hope you had your brolly with you.

I like the detail of the buildings.
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire. UK.
  • 10 Jul 2007, 11:26
This is very nicely composed, Ellie, and the sky is wonderful. Far better skies like this than totally blue or washed out whites.

I do feel that generally the whole thing is a little under-exposed though. I have the urge to lighten it up a little with curves or levels, which I think you could do either globally or selectively (excluding the sky) without destroying the menacing feel.

The strong shadows in the foreground suggest strong directional light that just isn't reflected in the buildings the light is striking.
EJWilkins: Yep Colin, you spotted my non-deliberate mistake. I've got into what might be a bad habit of slightly underexposing. I did a bit of editing to bring out some brightness, I don't know how to do it by selecting any particular area, but was quite pleased with the result. Then, of course, I must have uploaded the wrong one. What a twerp I am, never mind eh.
Please carry on with the honest comments, I need them to let me know what I'm doing wrong. smile
  • milou
  • sunny Southampton
  • 10 Jul 2007, 12:57
Lovely colour, tone and shade.
I like the warm tones of this shot
Evocative and well framed and balanced image of a quintessentially English scene (I have to admit that although surrounded by majestic Highland scenery here, I really miss the lovely architecture of Southern England) and I noticed immediately the perfectly tweaked perspectives!
I do agree with Colin about giving it a tweak, a little "S" curve in Curves to give it a touch more contrast and make it absolutely perfect! wink
EJWilkins: You're absolutely right David, and although I don't really know how to 'do' curves properly I'd managed to bring out a touch more contrast but I seem to have uploaded the wrong picture.
Please Keep going with the criticism, I need to know what I'm not getting right, but I haven't the courage to use the little red face. I'm happy to admit that with your help I've managed to conquer some of the terrors of PS smile
  • paul
  • 10 Jul 2007, 18:09
the sky does seem to match the greyness of the building but I would agree with david & co
EJWilkins: You're right Paul, and please carry on mentioning things you spot like this, it's the only way I'll get it right. smile
Why am I always the last to comment ? I think I'll stop working for a while so I can be first ! smile Everyone else have spoken more eloquent then I could ever manage and of course they now how to spell smile

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EJWilkins: You weren't the last to comment wink
One day I'll get you to Winchester and you'll see this place for yourself
So Ellie, did you find Lancelot ? Or the Round Table itself... that's what your pictures inspire me !! smile
For me this is very English, not modern English though grin
  • Les Auld
  • Southport UK
  • 10 Jul 2007, 23:27
Good composition with the centre building framed by the tree on the left and the church on the right. I would agree with the others about he contrast though, just a touch of curves would give it more life.

Well seen.
EJWilkins: Errm, yes Les, you're right about it needing a touch more contrast. Thanks for the positive comment about the composition which was what I'd tried to achieve. smile
I like this serie !!
  • Jimbo
  • 11 Jul 2007, 09:53
These stumpy old towers are extraordinary structures. They always look to me as if construction finished before intended, as if more should be piled on top. The shape of the doorway arch is beautiful in this example, isn't it?
They enchant the colors to me of these photographies. Green and ochers with the blue one of the sky form a very beautiful set!

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