today is st. patricks day, in commemoration of patrick, patron saint of ireland.
he was captured from britain and taken as a slave to ireland, where he lived for six years before escaping and returning to his family. he then entered the church, and returned to ireland as an ordained priest to minister to the few christians already living there and to begin to convert the irish.
instead of attempting to eradicate native irish beliefs he chose to incorporate traditional irish ritual into his christianity. the creation of the ‘celtic cross’ is an example of this. he superimposed a sun, a powerful irish symbol, onto the christian cross to create what is now called a ‘celtic cross’, to make the symbol more natural to the irish.
st. patrick is said to be buried at down cathedral in downpatrick, county down. by the seventh century, he had come to be revered as the patron saint of ireland.
this picture is of the old church at ballintoy, on the county antrim coast, overlooking the atlantic ocean. the church as it now stands was completed in the year 1813, and is a replacement for an older structure which stood on the same site. in 1894 a hurricane caused the steeple to be removed. it was never replaced, and today gives the church its distinctive look.
my first picture posted on Trekearth entitled 'ballintoy coast' is also a view of this church, but taken from much further away, which puts its position by the ocean into context.
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mohammad_H (7942) 2012-03-17 10:10
Very beautiful landscape and architectural background of green grass and puffy clouds in blue sky. Hunting interesting. Appropriate resolution. Very beautiful and wonderful that you've recorded
tyro (16780) 2012-03-17 10:37
This is what TE should really be all about - an excellent photograph and a very interesting and informative note to accompany it. That way, we do indeed "learn about the World through photography"!
Yes, a very interesting note - I didn't realise that it was the incorporation of the Sun into the cross which led to the design of the Celtic cross. Fascinating!
A wonderful photograph of this beautiful little church, its square tower now minus a steeple! Gorgeous vibrant colours and a fantastic sky. The colours and contrasts are superb and the exposure spot-on. Exquisite detail and sharpness too.
However, I just wonder about the degree of "lean in" or convergence of the verticals here. This picture has obviously been taken from a low-level viewpoint looking upwards to the church (I presume that the little path on the left goes uphill) and using a wide angle lens. To me it looks as though there is a little distortion, though I might well be wrong. So I've done a very quick little workshop for you - (I hope you won't be offended by my lame attempts at fiddling with your fine picture) - see what you think.
Thank you for a lovely photograph and a fine note. Have a great Sunday!
ManuMay (34357) 2012-03-17 11:09
And thanks for this very useful text, the capture brings fresh air, very good colours to celebrate the day...
Have a nice celebration...
patdeph (35744) 2012-03-17 13:28
spectacular picture with such an incredible glare due to the exceptional whiteness of the house.This is superbly emphasized by a wonderful sky.
PaulVDV (18764) 2012-03-17 13:36
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
A beautiful whitewashed church with in the corner a view of the Atlantic Ocean. In colours the picture looks a bit Mediterranean but not the architecture of course or the tombstones at the cemetery.
Well composed and nice with the curving path leading up the hill to the entrance of the church.
Best regards, Paul
dta (59121) 2012-03-17 14:17
Hello Brian ,
Si Patrick's day , but not a good day for irish rugbymen vs England ...
Like the combination of the white walls of this original church , with tyhe green grass and the blue parts of the sky . The big clouds are beautiful , too . About the distortion , I think that the WS of John works better .
SnapRJW (26152) 2012-03-17 22:48
Hello Brian - A super composition. The brilliant white of the church has been well managed with no loss of detail. I love the strong contrasts and saturation... I'm busy trying to get the balance right in a highly contrasted white croft, if I can come anywhere near this I shall be very happy! As to the distortion, well this has a lovely dramatic look, which to my eye suits the strength of the contrast, colour and light. John's WS is well done but I think the image loses out visually and lacks the panache of the original. Warm regards Rosemary
emka (67365) 2012-03-17 23:04
Hi Brian, the best wishes in St. Patrick day. very nice shot, beautiful simple church with nice graveyard. Nice sunny photo. And I have heard that in Ireland it rains continuously! very interesting note as well.
ktanska (23164) 2012-03-18 4:03
Lovely half cloudy weather. Church is in perfect shape and your exposure is excellent showing wall texture well. Old gravestones look good too. Thanks for the informative note.
timecapturer (40322) 2012-03-18 4:18
excellent POV and enticing composition. Superb clarity and light that make the image so attractive and appealing. Stunning colours in the grass and sky that make the white stand out so beautifully.
I wish you a peaceful Sunday - Brian.
dkmurphys (44122) 2012-03-18 8:12
Another artistic capture. I like the strong contrasts and the peaceful atmosphere. Well taken, have a nice evening.
chawax (17290) 2012-03-18 13:53
I loved this cute church and the landscape around when I've been in Northern Ireland a few years ago. Good POV, nice light, good exposure and good sharpness.
abmdsudi (35378) 2012-03-20 3:34
Love the effect a lot of this wide lens as shown here in a lovely tranquil setting. Excellent flow of view into the whole image with green and contrasty white anchor the eyes in. I think its a good ideas to have some fun with the 18mm lens, brilliant viewpoint and what a great feeling of space and depth. I like the converging verticals too, light & shadows, the low hanging clouds and the delicious delicate colors have worked really well to make this a marvelous shot. Great shot Brian!
dale54 (5799) 2012-03-20 5:35
brian hello,nice looking church,great note to this pic. really like these headstones,and the contrast is just right! tfs! have a great day! dr
chrisvek (6997) 2012-03-21 3:49
Very nice capture.I like very much the color of the sky.Also the saturation is very nice.TFS.
sacimar (25971) 2012-03-22 9:06
good image of this church, I like the building, the details are excellent and you chose a good point of view, well seen,
diomed (13926) 2012-03-23 12:07
fantastic view this small and white church captured with such a beautiful light.Stunning cromatic contrast, excellent sharp and details, amazing sky un the backside.
vasilpro (40685) 2012-03-23 14:18
Beautiful church with interesting architecture, lovely light and contrast, vivid colors, very good clarity and sharpness, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
delpeoples (50271) 2012-03-23 23:33
I hope you had a good St Patrick's Day and are not hurting too much now.
I never knew about this place, your note is fascinating and the photo accompanying it is equally good. Beautiful bright colours and light too, it seesm you've been blessed lately with some great weather. Excellent perspective, sharpness and light management.
Sorry I've been slack with the critiques, I'd been playing host to Paololg and Santo for the last week. They're now back safely in Venice and Melbourne now, so I can have a little bit more time on TE and also rest the liver a bit :)
Royaldevon (23414) 2012-03-24 0:37
Good Morning Brian,
My daughter-in-law is Irish so I understand how important St. Patrick's Day is to her and her family.
You took a difficult subject, a white church on a sunny day, but delivered it very well. The whites are not oe but relay an eye-catching purity.
You have used the pathway well, guiding to the church's tower. The distortion actually seems to add character to this church, as it angles its head to receive the viewers.
A sharply exposed and finely detailed shot; a good subject for the special day.
Have a good w/e,
mesutilgim (75604) 2012-03-24 14:01
Nice capture of this Irish cultural herittage !
Good low pov and a perfect sky as background.
TFS and have a nice weekend
foozi (7101) 2012-04-07 23:46
such a lively and dramatic composition of this church. Excellent view of dark clouds. The lines, paths and colors are very graphical.
Lively presentation and exciting angle.
elenimavrandoni (11137) 2012-12-23 13:21
Old traditional and historic church in a great natural setting between magnificent sky and ocean!
Peacefull and relaxing athmosphere, great place to visit and to pray!
Beautiful picture, Merry Christmas Brian!!!