The Rock of Cashel viewed from the ruins of Hore Abbey which was a Cistercian monastery.
This shot is meant to compliment Thorsten Buchen's (thor68) wonderful telephoto shot of Hore Abbey viewed from the Rock of Cashel above. In my shot, the roles are reversed as I'm in Hore Abbey looking up to the Rock of Cashel.
When you're at the Rock of Cashel, you have splendid views of the surrounding countryside and it's easy to pick out the ruins of Hore Abbey. My suggestion if you do visit Cashel is to leave a little time to make the walk of car ride over to Hore Abbey ruins. You're free to enter and wander the ruins at will and they offer some different perspectives on the Rock of Cashel above. And if you're brave enough and don't mind getting your shoes dirty (note cows are grazed in the fields around the ruins) you might be able to get a classic shot with the Hore Abbey ruins in the foreground with the Rock of Cashel towering above.
Here's some background on the Rock of Cashel from a prior post:
A superb historic site in the province of Munster, the Rock of Cashel is also known as the Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick's Rock. It served as the traditional seat of the Kings of Munster for several hundred years prior to the Norman invasion and the majority of its current buildings date from the 12th and 13th centuries. But it's history does not begin there. Cashel is reputed to be the site of the conversion of the King of Munster by St. Patrick all the way back in the 5th century A.D!
Collectively, the complex of buildings on the crown of Cashel is considered one of the most remarkable collections of Celtic art and medieval architecture to be found anywhere in Europe. Highlights of a tour of Cashel include Cormac's Chapel (consecrated in 1134) and many numerous Celtic crosses that seem to surround the buildings.
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Irvinix (78) 2007-10-03 10:01
Very nice contrast and composition. Superb frame!
chawax (20760) 2007-10-03 11:21
A very good idea to use ruins as a frame for your picture !
Cormac (26565) 2007-10-03 11:31
I always like these kinds of shots, with the arch or cave giving a natural frame to the scene. In this case the shape is very interesting, as is the view. I'm wondering why you didn't use the vertical format for this as it would seem to match the shape better, but this looks great too. Well done!
xuaxo (6854) 2007-10-03 13:49
This is a fantastic shot/compo. You show us a hole into History [I hope I use correct English]. Great photo.
gunbud (34066) 2007-10-03 20:29
Unique POV provides a beautiful frame for this ancient castle. The sky i a very appealing element to this image. Excellent note full of rich history.
thor68 (5586) 2007-10-03 22:24
hi doug, awesome, i like how francisco called it - "a hole into history", maybe even turn it into a "(w)hole lot of history".
terrific view and composition through the hole onto the wonderful Rock of ashel - especially as i did not make it down there (for which i could kick myself).
the "natural" frame is really great, could be out of a dragon´s mouth as the stones look kind of like teeth.
well seen & captured, thor.
AgaA (2636) 2007-10-04 1:00
Great composition, you found very interesting place to take this picture. Well done :)
feather (51130) 2007-10-04 2:11
You found some blue sky!! I love this kind of framing device and the old archway with the jagged edges makes a perfect frame. The fact that there is an interesting sky makes an enormous difference to the overall image. Well done
baba_flies (8829) 2007-10-04 9:54
Hello Douglas! You certainly found an exciting "window" to make this shot over to the other ruin ... this all seems sadly to fall apart. Not an easy task shooting through the dark into the wide open space and I especially like the blue-white of the sky and that you left the green with the ruin (The Rock of Cashel ... sounds classy) rather low but with plenty of space left for the sky. Very good ... Barbara.
plimrn (21344) 2007-10-04 12:59
I don't think I've seen a frame that harmonizes so well with the view. I considered Alvin's comment about vertical framing but it seems to me that the opening is too wide for a vertical format and you would come closer to a square. This format allows space to consider the curve of the opening. I wonder if he has origins from the area? I do agree with others comments that the detail and colors are great.
kensimage (8565) 2007-10-06 10:32
Nice, Doug, the frame complements the Rock of Cashel really nicely. Everything is a ruin eventually. Great clouds, too. Green-blue-black makes a nice color scheme. Did you try a version with slight fill flash to make the texture of the stones visible? That would be a complement to this, not a replacement. Maybe vertical format would have allowed the Rock to be larger in the frame, though. Regards, Ken.
pboehringer (770) 2007-10-17 21:10
I always feel a certain attraction to shots that try to come out of the dark place and focus one something placed in the light. Such shots are always very challenging in the light management and balance. Avoiding the overexposure or underexposure are the trick. It seems to me that you got a very good compromise. Did you think of using a fill-in-flash? Not the full flash, but decreased to the point just to give a very faint light up of the foreground ...
ilghiz (708) 2007-10-29 23:17
Frame in frame in frame... Low vantage point... Lot of sky... All together they provide a polyground effect (I mean there's a background, a foregrounds and a number of intergrounds). The abbey however looks fragile: the clouds, though soft, don't seem friendly... And the natural frame you chose for the abbey doesn't seem protective, rather the opposite... But that's all myimagination.
- Copyright: Douglas Arrasin (darrasin) (2860)
- Genre: Lieux
- Medium: Couleur
- Date Taken: 2007-07-00
- Categories: Architecture, Ruines
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Caon EF 17-40 F4 L
- Exposition: f/8, 1/1000 secondes
- Versions: version originale
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-03 9:37