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Cirencester Church #1

St John's church in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England

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The story behind this image

Around midsummer 2017 my wife Liz and I paid a visit to our artist daughter, Allie Litherland, founder of Grit Projections in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

During our stay she took us on a trip to nearby Cirencester for a look around this historic market town.

It was a lovely, sunny day and the town was crowded with tourists, which made photographing the old buildings and monuments somewhat of a challenge.

The most interesting and imposing building was the huge parish church of St John's, right in the middle of the town.

With lovely honey coloured stonework and ornate carvings it was a visual treat, but tricky to photograph normally due to the need to point my camera upwards to avoid the clutter at ground level.

Pointing a camera upwards to photograph a building isn't considered good form, as the vertical lines converge leading to a somewhat distorted view.

However, in this case I decided to embrace the distortion, getting really close to the church to avoid the crowds at ground level and to actually emphasise the converging verticals with a wide angle lens.

I was quite pleased with the resulting composition, although it will never find its way onto the pages of 'Architecture Monthly'!

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Image data

Filename - cirencester church 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/80 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours and darken the sky.

Location - Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation