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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 23rd February, 2013)

Gatehouse at Standish Parish Church

Gatehouse at Standish Parish Church
Yes it's been 'doctored' - horrible double yellow lines removed from the road!

Photo: Andrew Fishburn  (Fuji Finepix S7000)
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Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 23rd February 2013 at 00:02

And all the colour removed!

Comment by: Ellen on 23rd February 2013 at 01:00

Nicely done, Andrew. One for we fans of monochrome!

Comment by: Roy on 23rd February 2013 at 01:15

The Peace Gate Andrew, built as a memorial to the First World War dead.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 23rd February 2013 at 04:51

Spooky pic in black and white.....but very nice Andrew......well done......cheers!!!

Comment by: Mick on 23rd February 2013 at 08:06

It would have been better to leave the lovely yellow lines Andrew they would have brightened tho photo up.

Comment by: Helen on 23rd February 2013 at 08:36

Black & white makes for a very atmospheric photo, I'm sure it can't be bettered for some images.
This is very good Andrew & its good that you removed the double yellow lines.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 23rd February 2013 at 10:02

Superb shot mate - suist the mono 100%

Comment by: john on 23rd February 2013 at 10:03

what can i say Andrew ,
This is what its all about .

Comment by: Mick on 23rd February 2013 at 10:07

Double yellow lines are a brilliant idea, they stop inconsiderate motorist parking in dangerous positions and in front of gates like these that are in constant use for weddings, funerals and even blocking the view of church and spoiling any photos that someone may want to take of the lovely peace gate.

Comment by: Dave Marsh on 23rd February 2013 at 10:25

A lot has been said regarding manipulating photographs but it must be remembered that any image is seen differently through different eyes and often the brain itself will manipulate an image from what is true.For example,two people walking down the street,one says to the other,"did you notice that red car that just passed" The 2nd person will often say "Yes,I did" even if the car was blue.
Good photo Andrew.

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 23rd February 2013 at 10:26

Ernest you may like to look at the picture I put on Album is of my Dad when he was in the 1 Major William Arthur Hayes.....cheers!!!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 23rd February 2013 at 10:54

Mick, "It would have better...." and leave the rest in colour for me!
BTW ref.your map of Wigan Tramways (your comment 19th Oct.2009 in Street Scenes, Scholes), how far down Station Road did the trams go? Was it just to Central Station?

Comment by: Andrew Fishburn on 23rd February 2013 at 11:55

Well spotted, Ernest ;-)

Thanks, Roy. Designed by Austin & Paley of Lancaster, who, according to Pevsner, were every bit as good as Pugin! There are many examples of their work in Wigan, my fav being St Marys Ince that was, of course, pulled down in 1978.

Comment by: Frances on 23rd February 2013 at 12:30

This picture has 'spoken' to me through the monochrome.....truly a great pic. Thanks Andrew for an atmospheric shot which invites me to go through the Peace Gate and into the grounds of St Wilfrids.

Comment by: Mick on 23rd February 2013 at 13:12

Ernest it wasnt me who wrote this it must have been another Mick.

Market Street without a doubt, Ron.
For the information of Bob B - Trams ran both on Market St and Scholes. The Martland Mill tram commenced its journey in Market St (tramlines and gantries can clearly be seen on other old Market St photos), and trams ran up Scholes and Whelley on the Aspull route.
I have an old map which clearly indicates (and identifies) both routes, and also a timetable showing the journey times for both routes

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 23rd February 2013 at 13:51

Lizzie, whereabouts in Album?

Comment by: JD BRISBANE on 23rd February 2013 at 15:11

Lovely shot full of character suits the monochrome. Glad you got rid of the ugly yellow lines. Well done

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 23rd February 2013 at 15:39

Much prefer Alan Banks 5th Dec,2012 P-a-D `Peace Gate`.
Lizzie, I`ve found him!

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 23rd February 2013 at 18:12

Andrew, what persuaded you to take it from this angle?

Comment by: Andrew Fishburn on 23rd February 2013 at 19:19

Ernest: great question!

There were lots of cars parked to the left of the gatehouse and cluttered the picture. I felt that the wall and pavement gave a good lead-in for the main subject which was the gatehouse of course. I did want to include the church in the frame but the cars simply made that impossible.

Unfortunately I couldn't get low enough to hide the top of the spire. Despite the fact that there was some blue in the sky I feel that the texture of the stone comes through a lot better in mono!

I'm genuinely interested why you don"t appear to like mono - are you pulling our collective legs, or do you just prefer colour? I love colour photography, but some of my favourite images are mono and I try to apply that to my own photos.

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 23rd February 2013 at 22:38

Thanks Andrew. Ron D would have advised you to wait for more favourable conditions! Or like Colin Harlow, get up early on a Sunday morning!
We see things in colour and was quite happy when colour wasn`t available. Unlike some people, I don`t see the point in monochrome.

Comment by: Janice on 23rd February 2013 at 23:50

I am not a big fan of monochrome despite the fact that I have used it one one or two images. Whilst it is very nice to have the quality of colour reproduction that we have these days, some subject are better suited to monochrome - particularly images such as this where the detail is an important factor. In these instances, colour can - imo - lead your eye away from the finer details. This is a really nice image Andrew, and yes, it is frustrating when you cannot get the angle you actually wanted because of modern day intrusions - particularly signage!

Comment by: Helen on 24th February 2013 at 08:24

I think you will have to try to & 'look' a bit harder Ernest, monochrome actually eccentuates features, especially in a photo like this..Go on Mr Pyke, give it a go !

Comment by: Ernest Pyke on 24th February 2013 at 13:04

Janice, I don`t agree about detail. There`s every bit as much detail in Alan Banks photo as in Andrew`s. What does `signage` mean?
Helen, You reminded me of the song " You`ve got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative,,,,,". I still look at Sheringham on the webcam via:-

Comment by: Helen on 24th February 2013 at 19:33

You have got it spot on Ernest !

Signage is a horrible word dreamt up in these wordy times...don't worry over it, means ugly does & don'ts all over the place making places look untidy.

I'm glad you look at Good Ole Sheringham, watch out for me. I'll give you a wave !

Comment by: Alan lad on 26th February 2013 at 20:23

Just thinking Did they or do they still keep the walking day banners in the rooms within the gate building?

Comment by: James Marsh on 27th February 2013 at 11:05

Just discovered this Photo a day like and I must say, there are some amazing photos here. Just wish i had the eye to take and prduce such beautiful shots.

Agree with the yellow lines, looks much better now :)

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