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You can’t always get what you want

You cannot rely on the light being great when you want it to be. The light was amazing on Sunday but  I was driving through Newcastle-upon-Tyne and not taking photos. I spotted six people out with their cameras shooting in the warm late-afternoon light and I bet they got some great shots. I was “on a mission” and did not have the chance to stop anywhere.

A few days earlier I had a drive in the countryside, determined to get some photos away from the sea. The light was flat. I stopped the car a couple of times but I wasn’t inspired. Then, driving up onto the moor hoping to capture some shots of the snow it became too dangerous to stop because of the blizzard conditions there. I turned back downhill ending up at the coast again. I decided to take a stroll along a  stretch of beach a few miles north of home. I had been here a few years ago and had unsuccessfully tried to photograph a ruined chapel behind the dunes.  Perhaps I would have more luck this time.

It was cold and I hoped I was not shivering too much to get a steady image. The light changed for a few moments and I fired off a couple of frames of the chapel.

Back home I started to develop one of them. I was determined to produce a colour image for this post, but it was clear that the image must be another black and white.



  1. Julie says:

    I love this, Ivor. Lots of great detail when viewed large. I think you must have had some inspiration in Lance Keimig’s monochromes.

    p.s. This would certainly be a good candidate to print and frame.

    • Ivor says:

      It’s going off to the printers soon. (my printer died!) I was pleased with how it came out but when I revisited my catalogue I discovered a pano of the same building that came out even better. I was about to save it after developing and my computer crashed! Not having a good time with technology at the moment. Glad you liked this shot.

  2. Tammy says:

    I love how the light in the clouds directly behind the ruins makes the ruins really stand out! I would say you had the light on your side! Also love all the incredible details in this!

    • Ivor says:

      The really odd thing is that I am not sure why the sky behind was so bright because this is looking north and it was around midday when I shot it. Kodakus, the god of photography, must have been smiling at me! 😉

  3. Marianne says:

    Ivor, that’s very dramatic! I love the contrast of the sky aginst the ruins!
    Black and white? Yes!

  4. bfcphotos says:

    And what’s wrong with B&W? In this case A) is totally showcases the dramatic clouds and low lying sun and B) enhances the moody almost haunted barren landscape. B&W is all about light and mood; so is your photo.

  5. Ivor says:

    Thanks Bobbie. There’s nothing at all wrong with B&W and the more I shoot the more less inclined I am towards colour, It was just my intention to get some colour shots on this trip out, but it didn’t work out that way. Next post…

  6. storki says:

    As others have said, this is a stunning photo. Your persistence paid off!

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