February 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 8/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

The onion domes of Smethwick!

I decided the blog needed to spread it’s wings to other religious buildings in and around Brum, so after a morning shooting in the very pink “The Public” at West Brom, I happened to stumble across this little beauty. The Sikh temple is the first and biggest Gurdwara in the country, and it’s pretty striking when driving past.

It was a pretty contrasty shot due to the sun, and the sky was a lovely shade of blue, so I tried a little HDR effect, to capture both, but it didn’t really work as well as hoped – far to unrealistic colours (not that is always a bad thing!) – so a bit of magical desaturation and voilà!

Quite like the cool effect of the windows!



February 18, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 7/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

A Flickr trip to Moseley.

Another cold grey day, so I didn’t really relish the thought of wandering along the rather uninspiring road from our Flickr HQ towards Moseley – I can’t say I was much interested by the piles of rubbish on the floor, or the bowls of veg in the shop window – but as we stumbled across a couple of churches I thought I’d be able to kill two birds with the one stone and get my weekly shot in – and I did!

This is St Mary’s in Moseley – medieval in origin, being build in 1405 (Wikipedia – I love you!!) Interestingly, the tower contains eight steel bells, originally hung at St Marie’s, Sheffield (now the Roman Catholic Cathedral), where they were replaced by traditional bells after only 12 years of service because of the dreadful noise they made. The steel bells were sold to a local Moseley businessman who presented them to St Mary’s in 1874. I don’t know if they were particularly appreciated being they were so awful, or even if the story is true, as it’s not mentioned here!


February 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 6/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

Cold and grey…

I missed taking the weekly photo when we had our brief covering of snow this week – there was a window of about ten minutes when the sun came out, but unfortunately I was elbow deep in dirty dishes at the time, so camera couldn’t be accessed – when the sun disappeared for good it just looked so grey I decided to stay in and keep warm – no dedication!

I did manage to get out and find a little bit of inspiration, despite the cold, and headed off to Hall Green, just down the road from work. It’s a nice little church, built in the Queen Anne style, apparently, in 1704. Most of the time it’s hidden by trees, and I’ve only noticed it this winter when the foliage has gone – I may have to go back when it’s sunnier, as it’s a pretty depressing view at the moment!


February 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 5/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

Oooh Stars!

I had to suffer for my art on this one – stood outside in the freezing cold for about an hour to get it!

The technique is dead simple really, either take one long exposure or stitch a number of shorter pictures together to form the shot seen. It was a very cold and bright night, so although the church tower looks lit up, it’s the moonlight shining, (and was possibly even a little bright to show up all the stars). A cheap ebay timer release meant I could set the camera to take ten 4 minute exposures, and then using the Startrails software stitch the movement of the stars as they rotate about the North Star.

I think the stars should really be travelling around in a pure circle, but I was using the Sigma Wangle (wide angle!) 10-20mm lens which has a tendency to distort things at the 10mm side of things, which has made the path slightly oval – but never mind!

The building is St Cuthbert’s Church in Shustoke – an almost entirely 14C affair, and sometimes appears like this!

I just need now to defrost!

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