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Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites

Walking around the Abbey Gardens in Bury St. Edmunds, I came across this view of St. Edmundsbury Cathedral through the Abby ruins:

ISO 400 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1000

ISO 400 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1000

As I was thinking of this post about opposites, I was wondering what tack to take when writing about this photo. First there was the difference between the ruins and the modern Cathedral.  The ruins were the site of a monastery that has its origins around 633.  The Cathedral in the background has been updated as recently as 2010, and has a fairly modern feel to it.  Then there is the photo I took.  The black and white version being quite different from the original shown below.

ISO 400 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1000

ISO 400 4.3mm f/8.0 1/1000

In addition to the obvious color to black and white conversion, I cropped the photo and sharpened it in Photoshop. I used Lightroom for the black and white adjustments and the vignette effect.

This photo was taken with my point and shoot camera.  As many of you know, I am in the process of moving from the US to England, which will be my home for the next few years.  While we have arrived here in England, our furniture, including my bigger camera is not here yet.  I’m happy that I have my smaller camera with me, but one downside to the camera is that is does not have a viewfinder.  On a sunny day, like the one that I took this on, it is hard to tell what exactly you are getting a photo of.

In this case, the original was pretty off from what I wanted in the photo, but what do you think? Do you think this works as a black and white?  Feel free to leave a comment below.



38 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Opposites

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  2. I love both photos, and each of them hold their own. Lovely BW composition in the first, and the cathedral in the distance catches the eye as much as the brick wall so close to you. Good luck with moving and hope the rest of your furniture and stuff arrives soon. That point and shoot is certainly serving you well 🙂


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  4. Glad to hear the move is in progress. How wonderful when all of your belongings have found their way as well. I’m a big fan of color so that one if my preference although the black and white definitely gives more of a historical or antique feel.


  5. Oh so you are in England – just in time for Brexit!
    I almost emailed you when going through St. Louis last week – – not sure if you were there – packing – or gone – now I see the answer is gone!

    And I love your photo here – both – the interesting stone wall/fence has such interest and enjoyed seeing this old church !


  6. I think the B&W is a better interpretation of the old vs new feel of the opposites. Altho both shots work quite well, since the theme was opposites I’d vote for the B&W version!


  7. The other advantage of the point and shoot camera is that we don’t get a hernia carrying all the gear. At least you have a chance to take another shot if the review is unsatisfactory. Enjoy ‘the green and pleasant land’, post Brexit, Amy.


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