Eye Church, Aignish, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

HDR using Photomatix and Photoshop
Canon 40D with 10-22mm lens at 10mm
ISO 100 – f8 – 3 exposures at 1/750, 1/180 and 1/45 sec

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Most people know a lair as an animal’s den but in Scotland the word also refers to a burial plot. At the north end of the church at Aignish is this ornately walled private plot that seems never to have been used as there are no tombs or grave markers within the walls. The church at Eye was built in the 14th century and was used for worship up to 1829 when a new church was built nearby. It is possible that this ‘private’ burial ground was built towards the end of the regular use of the church and that its owners were interred in the new church or in the new burial ground nearby which is still in use today.

The seagull appeared only on the middle exposure frame but looked quite neat so I left him there in the processing.


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Moved to the Isle of Lewis in the The Outer Hebrides off the north-west coast of Scotland in July 2010 with the aim of getting out and about with my camera. Hasn’t quite worked out that way as we’ve spent the past 18 months refurbishing our house but the opportunities will come.

Meanwhile I’ll be going through my collection to pick out some of those that have pleased me over the years.

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