Tintern Abbey

James Taylor

Thatcham, United Kingdom

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A HDR image of the inside of Tintern Abbey in Monmouthshire, Wales.
A single image taken at IS0 100 with a Canon 300D rebel, and then I used HDR toning on photoshop. I have just started experimenting with HDR so did not have a tripod on me at the time, but will start doing HDR properly with multiple exposures soon. :)

Has a kind of majestic quality to it with the towering windows and also being right next to the River Wye.

Work started on the building of this abbey in 1136. Very little remains of the first buildings; a few sections of walling are incorporated into later buildings and the two recessed cupboards for books on the east of the cloisters are from this period.

In the reign of King Henry VIII, his Dissolution of the Monasteries ended monastic life in England and Wales. In September 1536 Abbot Wyche surrendered Tintern Abbey and all its estates to the King’s visitors and ended a way of life which had lasted 400 years. Valuables from the Abbey were sent to the royal Treasury and Abbot Wyche was pensioned off. The building was granted to the then lord of Chepstow, Henry Somerset, 2nd Earl of Worcester. Lead from the roof was sold and the decay of the buildings began.

Little interest was shown in the abbey until the 17th and 18th century, when it became more popular to visit more picturesque, countryside places, and the abbey began to become a haven for tourists keen to see it’s ‘romantic and ’picturesque’ qualities.

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