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Fountains of Light

This time the title refers to Fountains Abbey, a world heritage site in Yorkshire in the UK. The 12th century abbey ruins are lit by coloured lights for Christmas and the opportunity to take photographs is irresistible.

Here are some of the pictures that caught my eye, I hope you like them.

Stone vaulted chamber at Fountains Abbey lit by coloured lights

Stone vaulted chamber at Fountains Abbey

If you’ve not been, I can recommend this place.  It has a tranquil beauty that is enhanced at night.  Here is another view of the same place.  I’m deliberately using the rule of 3 in this picture.

Vaulted columns at Fountains Abbey

Vaulted columns at Fountains Abbey

Let me know what you think, I’d be fascinated by your comments.


Butter pats

Humble things attract my attention, especially if well lit.

Butter pats at Erddig by Adrian Nixon

Butter pats at Erddig

This slanting sunlight gently picked out the detail of these wooden butter pats on a whitewashed wall at Erddig in Wales.

The level of detail is especially pleasing as all the light and dark tones have reproduced nicely in this picture.

It radiates a kind of timeless calm for me.  I could come back on another summer day in a hundred years and still find the same scene.


Composing with Colour Harmony

I noticed these beehives at Hartwell House and felt an instant attraction.

The gentle shades of colour of the hives compliment the rich texture of the background of the brick wall.

This was a day when I set out not really expecting to capture a good picture, it was overcast, a bit dull and raining.  These lighting conditions suit this subject perfectly bringing out the textures and letting the colours do the work.

Beehives

Beehives

Some people recommend using an odd number of elements in any composition.  I would challenge that view.  The even number of elements (4 hives) seems to work quite well for me, what do you as the viewer think, please leave a comment to tell me.