I have recently acquired a new camera, and for the first time ever, I have purchased a wide angle lens. A 16-35 f/4, to be exact.
The f/4 is perfect for landscape photography and people incorporating landscapes. I very rarely shoot wide open.
But I mainly bought this lens to finally start my hidden photographic passion, 'Architecture Photography '.
Living way out in the sticks, I haven't yet had the opportunity to head into London and start getting awesome shots of iconic London buildings such as The Gherkin or St Paul's, so I decided to head fairly local - to the beautiful Gothic looking church that is Winchelsea Church, in the beautiful, ancient, Cinque Ports town that is Winchelsea.
First mentioned in the year 1215, the church is named in honor of St. Thomas the Martyr, was was murdered in his own Cathedral in 1215.
Surviving floods, French raids and dilapidation, the church is a testament to the endurance of British history. Many repairs and modifications have been made over the past 200 years, including the addition of beautiful stained glass windows in 1933 and the fixing of the clock on the tower in 1977 and 1998/99.
I photographed the church from all possible angles, depending on the direction and the quality of the light. I have yet to process the majority of the images…
This image was photographed at just 19mm, f/8, ISO 100.
I shot from a low perspective to emphasize the grandeur of the building and I used the elegantly Gothic gravestones and the tiny pink flowers in the foliage, as the main foreground elements.
If you study the gravestones you can see how they lead the eye up to the church, getting smaller in the distance...
Because I pointed the camera upwards and because I cannot yet hover in the air, the camera wasn't level and created this keystoning effect, where it looks like the building is falling backwards. Rather than correct this perspective distortion in Lightroom, I wanted to use the keystone effect to create a spooky, foreboding atmosphere, as I am such a huge fan of spooky movies and anything horror related.
My favourite lighting condition was making an appearance. Light, airy clouds with the sun illuminating through on occasions.
Not too harsh at approximately 10:30 am, the light and shadows are nicely bringing out shape and texture on the outside of the building and I quite like the gravestone shadows on the grass, which serves my spooky vibe, nicely.
I used a fairly impressionist splash of saturation to achieve the final look. I wasn't going for realism. It is the atmosphere that I am after...
Anyway, I will be going back to get some sunset shots and interiors. It really is magical inside this church!
I find that this architecture project is really very exciting and interesting and there are many churches scattered around the UK that will make interesting and unique photos.
For more information on Winchelsea Church please visit winchelseachurch.co.uk