Sometimes when you’re shooting – you might find that someone comes up and asks what you are doing…… it’s always tempting to give the sarcastic answer – after all I’m stood there with a tripod and a camera on top – what do they think I might be doing?
Anyway – whilst I was in Bath last year, someone stopped and said to me “it’s nicer down there”…. I think that I might have ignored the advice, but something inside me said I should at least go and look. I suspect I’m not as clever as I used to think I was, but I decided to go …..
I went – it was better, I stayed quite a while, enjoying the scene, and thinking what I could do with it later…
Later….. when I was showing the photograph to a friend who was with me at the time – he said “I didn’t see that”.
Let yourself be helped. Your pictures will still be your pictures – there is no way they can be changed just because someone suggested another point of view, or venue. The person stood right next to you will probably have a different picture anyway….
Yesterday, we played truant from the camera club! Instead of going there, to the AV session, three of us bunked off, and went exploring…. We visited a church that is still consecrated, but no longer in use.
The building originates from the 10th century, with additions and alterations carried out in the 11th and 13th centuries. It was restored in 1861 by James Fowler of Louth, for the Haigh family, local landowners By the time it was vested in the Churches Conservation Trust in the 2000s, the building was in a state of decay and it had been vandalised. Some of the bell openings were near to collapse. The site was overgrown and the interior contained debris and bat guano. Repairs started in October 2005 and cost nearly £350,000.
It’s an unassuming building, and visitors are made welcome with a note to explain where the light switches are, and notes on each part of church interior. We didn’t put the lights on at first, as the sun came through the glass, making fantastic colours on the stonework.
All in all, it’s a lovely tranquil place to visit, and it has been very well looked after. I signed the visitor book, and look forward very much to a return visit, with a tripod.
So here’s just a few of the images I took on the Fuji.