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    Posted: 20 August 2019 at 10:27
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1. The New Inn yard - a very rare survival from the days of Shakespeare - it was in inn yards like this that plays were staged.


2. Will no one rid me of this meddlesome bird.


3. The Imperial Inn - splendid tiled frontage.


4. Northgate mosaic - Gloucester has a number of these excellent mosaics to inform tourists such as me.


5. The Citizen - I'm guessing a newspaper with premises in this lane this marks.


6. Council offices / police station - central Gloucester is not all old and quaint.


7. King's.


8. The cloisters, Gloucester Cathedral - best known these days for its use in the Harry Potter films.


9. The Ivor Gurney window, Gloucester Cathedral - local poet and composer of note.

 



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Hi Phil,

A long time since I visited Gloucester and these remind me of why I should go back (when we lived in Birmingham it was an easy trip; not so now I'm afraid...).

I think it's a really fine selection of all things Gloucester - I love the addition of some of the titles as well (#2 especially! ) and I believe a good image always deserves a good title.

The pick of the set (rather unsurprisingly for me) is the cloister shot - great angle and depth of field to really grab the attention all the way through the image - and no meddlesome Hogwarts attendee in there to spoil the scene!

Thanks for posting this new series and let's hope others can add to the set.

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#8. The cloisters is a real stunner Phil. A great photographic introduction to Gloucester. TFS
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Beautiful set, Phil. I am particularly taken by the antiquities - the Elizabethan inn courtyard and especially the Gothic cloister. Hoping to see more.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dilettante Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 August 2019 at 12:10
Great varied set. The cloister (which I remember from a visit a few years ago) is very well done - great use of lighting and composition

Originally posted by Phil Wood Phil Wood wrote:


9. The Ivor Gurney window, Gloucester Cathedral - local poet and composer of note.


Just one note? That's minimalist!
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Great diverse set with the cloister as winner for me, but I like them all. TFS
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote alanfrombangor Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 August 2019 at 19:14
The New Inn yard looks like an excellent place to enjoy a pint. I've visited many English cities but not Gloucester, so please share if you have more. The cloisters are stunning and I like the modern stained glass window. Is the mosaic a modern creation made to look old?
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THis year we went to the Cotswolds for a holiday.
Unfortunately my fellow holiday companions (after Canterbury, Salisbury, Oxford were a bit of - not another church anymore.. ) didn't fancy going to Gloucester.. but it seems I missed a lot.
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Thanks for the kind comments.

In reply - the cloisters were not devoid of Hogwarts uniforms, but the crowds thinned out for long enough to play with various techniques to shoot them without an UWA. The best turned out to be a stitched panorama.

The mosaics are newish - I'm not sure how old, but I doubt they're more than a decade or two.

Gurney's musical output (he trained as a musician/composer) is dwarfed in reputation by his poetry pastime. Nevertheless it must be admitted that he composed using more than one note Sadly his mind never recovered from the WW1 trenches and he died young.

I have other touristy shots, but spent most of the time in the cathedral failing to get the shots I wanted. Quite frustrating photographically speaking.

Here are a couple more from the cathedral.

10. Choir stalls and he High Altar.


One of the side chapels has a wall which once contained lots of statues of saints - all destroyed by the iconoclasts in the 17th century. Remarkedly the wall has never been restored - fairly recently three harrowing pictures of scenes from the Gospels have been added. I'm not sure it's right to like it, but I was very drawn to it. The artist is Ian McKillop.

11. Altar piece.


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Hi Phil,

These last two are really excellent images (subject matter notwithstanding) and the lack of perspective 'skew' in the Choir Stalls and High Altar is to be thoroughly commended. You've also preserved a relatively good degree of detail in the stained glass as well which, in these conditions, is always something of a balancing act.

The second image will be something of a matter of taste I guess, but I like the rather dark way it's been presented here and that fits in perfectly with the subject matter. The inclusion of the candles will be a matter of debate I suspect: they are highlights which the eye notices straight away and could be seen as an unwanted drawer - the alternative is to heavily crop the scene just at the table top but that I feel makes it too tight on the frieze above. Either way, it's been well handled and presented here, though I wonder if you also took any close up, individual images of these items as well?

Thanks for sharing these and for the patience - you've made the place seem like you had it all to yourself!

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I see what you mean about the candles, I wanted them to stress that the table was an altar - without a frontal it's hard to tell the difference!

12. A more detailed shot of the central pieta.



13. Altar piece - alternative crop.


For more on the artwork https://mckillop.weebly.com/gloucester-altarpiece.html

I'm not that happy with the high altar shot - the lack of light meant higher ISO, lower speed, wider aperture than I'd like. I shall return with a tripod! I could also have taken half a step left and centred it properly!
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Another visit to Gloucester on a grey and drizzly day.

14. The docks - I knew they had been revamping the Gloucester docks - but I was amazed by the scale of the place. Gloucester is miles from the sea, very much a river port - but the number of these large warehouses shows that it was doing trade on a large scale.



15. Back in the cloisters, a different corner, a tripod and a wider lens - sadly not quite the same light.


16. Stone mullions.


17. Chapel altar upstairs in the cathedral.


18. Bell ringers.


19. A magnificent old Tudor inn (the Old Bell) - alongside a ghastly concrete monstrocity, an all too familiar juxtaposition in the city centre.


20. Another old inn, Robert Raikes House, in somewhat better surroundings.


21. Inn signs - Robert Raikes House. Robert Raikes ran the local newspaper from this building and became famous for founding the Sunday School Movement in the 1780s. I'm not sure he would approve of his home becoming a pub.


22. Memorial tablet (in the church of St Mary de Crypt) to George Whitfield, founder of Methodism with the Wesley brothers. He was born in 1714 at the Old Bell (19) where his father was landlord.


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Thank you for sharing another nice set. I find the inns particularly interesting.
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Another interesting set, beautifully presented. Again, I'm particularly attracted by the medieval buildings, the cathedral of course, but also those well preserved half timbered houses.
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