March 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Posted in Project 52 | Leave a comment

 12/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

A day out in Lichfield.

This was a shot grabbed in a few spare minutes as the weekend deadline ticked down – I set myself some ‘rules’ for the project and this is when I realised I haven’t taken a shot in a week and panic sets in! It was a nice church, although spoilt slightly by the cages over the windows – chavs don’t like stained glass it seems!



March 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 11/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

Nice Daffs!

The tide was in for the sea of yellow up at Baxterly, with thousands of daffodils popping out to say hello – it’s a wonderful churchyard here, with bluebells following daffs following snowdrops – we’ve had a snowdrop shot, but it does remind me I’ve a few more I haven’t posted – shall have to get it sorted! I wasn’t the only one with a camera today, and I’ve never seen the churchyard so busy – combination of the flowers and Mothers day I guess.

This pic is slightly HDR’d, meaning I’ve taken 3 shots and blended them together, so that the sky retains a bit more detail. I think it works, and it doesn’t look too over processed, and I quite like the fact that the church is the backdrop in this particular shot, rather than the main subject. All in all, a good day!


March 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Posted in Project 52, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 10/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

A bit of blue sky!

I made the most of the soon to be disappearing free Friday afternoons, to wander over to the scene of last weeks photo, I could see there was going to be a sea of daffs in the graveyard, but they weren’t quite cooked  – maybe next week they’ll be ready 😉 I can’t have three weeks with the same subject (can I?) so I got out the trusty OS map to look for dots and squares with the associated cross – sign that a spire or tower is nearby.

This is a place called Dordon, which despite the terrible traffic, has a lovely little church, and even more joyful was the sight of a bit of blue sky – we’ve not had much of that recently, and it was a nice addition to the picture. I don’t have very much info about the church unfortunately, apart from the fact it is made from brick and it had some nice shaped windows!


March 3, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Posted in Infra Red, Project 52 | Leave a comment

 9/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.


There is something, in my mind anyway, about graveyards and churches that goes incredibly well with Infra Red shots. I had an old camera that wasn’t really doing much, so I had it converted to take infra red pictures – it’s a bit of a path of no return, as you can’t take ‘normal’ shots after – so if you don’t like it – tough!! The colours straight from the camera look like the above  pic, mainly browns and reds, but the grass turns a lovely white colour. Most people convert the shot straight to black and white, but I love these tones – very atmospheric, so I think they are really missing something. Funnily enough though, if you take a shot with studio lights, everything turns out blue!

I may be visiting this site a bit more in the next few months – there are signs that daffs are on the way (last year it was a sea of yellow, but I missed it by a month!!), and after that, tis bluebell season!


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!


January 28, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Posted in Project 365, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

 4/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

The ruined belltower…

I’ve passed this church a hundred times and always liked the look of it in the distance, but this is the first real time I’ve looked around in any detail – scandalous really, as when we first moved to Brum we lived in a camper van for 3 months parked about 200 yards away!!

The bell tower is completely hollow, and I’d always assumed the same could be said for the rest of the church, but it isn’t the case, the building is complete! It doesn’t exist as a house of worship mind you, as one source on the interweb suggests it was sold off for offices for an electrical contractor in 1992 – so does it count as a church and should it be included in the project??

The fact that I have no other shot of a church like structure for this week means that it does!


January 21, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Posted in Project 52 | Leave a comment

3/52, originally uploaded by ChrisSinn.

A hidden Gem!

After a Sunday stroll around the Warwickshire countryside we noticed a reference to the village church of Lapworth, (which for some strange reason was miles away from what I’d thought was the village), so of we trotted to see what was on offer. I’ve been round the area a few times but had missed the references to the church, and had no idea it was tucked away down a little country lane.

It was a beautiful place, in a crumbling sort of way, and the setting sun was bathing it in a rich golden glow – very nice.

It got me wondering just how many of these little village churches are tucked away out of site – I guess part of the fun of the project is to see how may we can find!

St Mary the Virgin, the parish church of Lapworth traces a history back to the tenth century AD, when when a Saxon wattle and wood church stood where the nave now stands. In AD 1100 a stone church existed on the site of the present nave and chancel; the succeeding nine centuries have given Lapworth an outstandingly beautiful  church. Building which began in the 12th century continued at intervals over 300 years so that the general impression now from the outside, is of a 15th century church.

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