Something’s New

Last week I mentioned that I was changing the software I would be using for processing my photographs. This week I’ve changed the theme I use for Say It With A Camera. This will probably be the last post where I embed the photographs from Flickr. For some time now I have been worrying about the forthcoming deal between Verizon and Yahoo, who own Flickr. Verizon are a telecoms company. Are they likely to want a photo sharing site? I’m not so sure but I’ve got to start hedging my bets because if they were to drop Flickr I would have an awful lot of broken links on my blog. Just about every previous post would be without photographs.

So I’ve got to start forward planning just in case.Right then, Ambience. It’s been a while since I’ve featured any of the historic churches that we have here in North Wales. I like photographing them, especially using HDR and then in final processing softening the focus just a little. So here’s a few just for fun.

Many of these old churches are quite ornate, look at that organ in the photograph below. The design of the pipes, Victorian workmanship at it’s best.

Saint Mary - The Organ

A simple church in some ways, but the wooden rail is exquisitely carved. Look at the floor tiles as well.


This is a side area of another church. It’s a dedicated family area, not for families, I mean paid for by a single family, the local landowner and this is where they would worship.

Stained Glass

Yet compare those churches above with the simplicity of this one. I know what I prefer.

Llangelynnin Church

That’s it for this week, here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge

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Ana Linden Winter Moments – Ambience
Weekly Photo Challenge – Ambience – Ingrid Dendievel Photography
DAVID OAKES -IMAGES. Daily Post Photo Challenge – Ambience
Weekly Photo Challenge- Ambience – Marco’s Photoblog
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The Snow Melts Somewhere Fading Light in Venezia


19 thoughts on “Something’s New

  1. arv! January 20, 2017 / 17:27

    Although all of em are great but I loved the simple one Mike! 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty January 21, 2017 / 14:01

      One of my favourite churches. It’s not really used now and is so remote that very few people visit it.

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      • arv! January 21, 2017 / 14:12

        It’s really sad! There’s always some sort of beauty in simplicity.


  2. Jenn January 20, 2017 / 17:57

    Always love your images…

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    • Mike Hardisty January 21, 2017 / 14:02

      Thank you Jenn, it’s nice to hear that


  3. Su Leslie January 20, 2017 / 18:33

    These are beautiful images. I think your editing has really captured a sense of the dignity and beauty of age. 🙂

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    • suesphotograpy January 20, 2017 / 21:56

      love the processing Mike, and the last church is so beautiful in it’s simplicity

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      • Mike Hardisty January 21, 2017 / 14:09

        It is a simple church Sue, stone floors, wooden seats, no real stained glass to speak of. Very rarely used now, It’s so remote and the only real habitation around the church is a farm.


    • Mike Hardisty January 21, 2017 / 14:07

      Thank you Su, I did try to make them look soft and sort of ethereal

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  4. ladygrace33 January 20, 2017 / 21:55

    There is something serene about old churches. Very beautiful images 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty January 21, 2017 / 14:11

      Most of the old churches in this area are open from 10:00 until about 16:00 each day, Go in the week and usually you will find there is no one about. Photography s encouraged which is a good thing in my view.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 21, 2017 / 14:15

      Your welcome, Cynthia. I do find those old churches to be peaceful, cold and draughty in the winter, yes, but very peaceful. Although saying that, one old church I was in last year had so many creaks, sighs and bumps, it was really starting to unnerve me….

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      • Cynthia Guenther Richardson January 22, 2017 / 05:42

        Ha, that would be some experience…who knows what resides ion the very old habitats, perhaps especially places such as a church…? Lots of life lived in and around such sites! (And deaths, of course.)


  5. Kanerva January 21, 2017 / 07:52

    Thanks for including me in your list. I have to say your images look more like paintings than photos. Great job.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 21, 2017 / 14:16

      Nothing like a touch of Photoshop to et the look you want. Thank you for taking the time to comment.


  6. petspeopleandlife January 22, 2017 / 19:20

    Oh the beauty of those churches. I think the raw and plainness of the last one probably is the most interesting with its rustic simplicity.


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