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The Cross at Night: The Old Rugged Cross by DonDavisUK


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The Cross at Night In the Memorial Garden just outside St Luke’s Church in West Norwood, London, UK.

World War Memorial Cross.
Captured on Friday evening at about 10.30pm.

Camera Details Nikon D700 with 16-35mm Nikon Lense. ISO 100, 30sec exposure, f/8.0 app setting, 35mm zoomed. Tripod mounted. Manual Mode.
This image is as it was captured. straight from the camera to the screen. I’m still surprise at the lack of noise produced in long exposure from the D700, such a great camera for low light photography. Granted it’s at the lowest ISO setting.

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I really like the way the cross is lit with the lamps of the nearby St Luke’s Church.

Remembrance Day 11th Nov. On Remembrance Sunday this year we all gathered around this old cross and prayed and sang some lovely old hymns. The Words of one of them are printed below; The Old Rugged Cross. That song really keeps me going for the Lord Jesus in this modern world, what our Saviour did on the Cross for everyone is truly awesome.

The Old Rugged Cross
On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,
The emblem of suff’ring and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best
For a world of lost sinners was slain.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.

Oh, that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,
Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above
To bear it to dark Calvary.

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,
A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,
To pardon and sanctify me.

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true;
Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,
Where His glory forever I’ll share.

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,
Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross,
And exchange it some day for a crown.


Life is so precious and worth recording for posterity.
Imagine your grandchildren or great-great-grandchildren being able to see how you enjoyed life hundreds of years from now? Don can help you record those magical moments for them. Photographer since 1980s.
Specialising in Portraiture, Landscape and Urban Fine Art Photography.

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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKabout 4 years ago

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 4 years ago

    Very well taken Shot Don, perfect!! Be even better when we stop fighting, then we wont have to make anymore War Memorials!!

  • Soooooooo true Robin, but to be honest, knowing human nature, I don’t think there will ever be a time when there is no war. Some people just love to fight and argue. But what a dream, PEACE on Earth and Goodwill towards mankind… One Day… Soon…

    – DonDavisUK

  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful Capture!!

  • Hey there Brian, many thanks for that good buddy. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

    JUSTARTabout 4 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks so much, always appreciated. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • webbie
    webbieabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture Don, awsome War Memorial.:)and a beautiful song always:)

  • Hey there Webbie, thanks so much for that my friend. Love that Old Rugged Cross hynm too?

    – DonDavisUK

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 4 years ago

    A glorious tribute – amazing light here, Don. Fabulous hymn too!

  • Hey there Wendi, many thanks for your kind comment, means a lot. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 4 years ago

    Got everything crossed Don & if it doesn’t happen soon I’m gonna kick some butt :o)

  • Blessed are the Peacemakers:-)
    Kick some butt Robin. LOL

    – DonDavisUK

  • SPFisher
    SPFisherabout 4 years ago

    i agree, beautifully taken – love the light!

  • Hey there Simone, thanks so much for that. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Hertsman
    Hertsmanabout 4 years ago

    Superb timing and composition Don

  • Hi Richard, thanks very much my friend. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot mate, I’m with Robin on this one …

  • Cheers Tom, are you goin to kick some butt too? LOL.

    – DonDavisUK

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