Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey in afternoon light

Driving around North Yorkshire, I looked on the map for somewhere to visit and saw we were close to Fountains Abbey. Having heard of the name but never visited it before I took the gamble that it might be worth a photograph. Little did I know, that this is one of the largest and best preserved monasteries in England. This is the view from the Cloister Court looking towards the main tower.

Hallgrimskirkja at Night

Hallgrimskirkja at Night

This was the photograph I visited Iceland to capture. It was much harder than I had expected and was the cold coupled with my very basic tripod made this extremely difficult to get right. This was taken on the 3rd attempt. Fortunately my hotel was less than 100 metres from the Hallgrimskirkja. I say this because it was early November when this was captured and temperatures are known to drop to -10 degrees C at night in Iceland. Probably should have packed a jacket and some gloves but I’ll know for next time.

Hallgrimskirkja from the south side

Hallgrimskirkja from the south side

The Hallgrimskirkja is one of the largest buildings in Iceland. This is the south side looking at the back of the building. Here the building looks quite small but this is an optical elusion caused by using a very wide angle 10mm lens and standing only a few metres from the building. In fact the main steeple is 73 metres tall.

Notre Dame Cathedral, Tahiti

Notre Dame Cathedral, Tahiti

Close to the waterfront esplanade is this brightly coloured cathedral. It is of course named after its famous Parisian counterpart. Completed in 1875 it is not only the oldest Catholic church in Tahiti but also one of last remaining examples of early colonial architecture. The yellow walls, red roof and red steeple stand out very well against the blue sky. Being in the centre of the capital city it is hard to capture a photograph of the church without other people in the frame.

Church of the Good Shepherd

Church of the Good Shepherd

On the shores of Lake Tekapo is this tiny church built in 1935. It is arguably one  of the most photographed churches in New Zealand. Staying in the small town of  Tekapo for a couple of nights allowed me to visit at various times of the day. In  the day, there is nearly always coach fulls of tourists around the church, having  their photographs taken. It forms a nice stop off half way between Queenstown and  Christchurch, right off State Highway 8. As you can tell from my travel  photograph, I generally prefer building shots not to include other tourists. This  is why I went back at dusk. Sadly, it was cloudy but using a long exposure the  clouds blurred around the church to give this dramatic effect, enhanced by my  processing to black and white.