Eighteen years ago I visited Tintern Abbey. It was once the first Cistercian foundation in Wales and I was deeply impressed by it. I was so impressed that I had to return. The place haunted me all these 18 years.
The present-day remains of the Tintern church were built between 1269 and 1301 when it was consecrated, although building work continued for several decades. The craftsmanship of the people of these times can be marveled even today. They were real masters in masonry.
The abbey had a busy 400 year history until King Henry VIII ended monastic life in England, Wales and Ireland. September 1536 the Tintern Abbey surrendered all its estates to the King. Valuables were sent to the royal Treasury, lead from the roof was sold and the decay of the buildings started. Only in the mid-18th century it became fashionable to visit “wilder” places in UK. Tintern Abbey is since then a special attraction located in the romantic and picturesque Wye Valley.
Technical details about this shot: The lens was a tilt & shift. I used the shift in this case for a single purpose. All lines are straight and vertical. If the same image would have been done with a regular lens the lines would not be perfectly vertical but leaning inward. Tilt & shift lenses have this wonderful capability to be used among other in architectural shots to avoid lens distortions.
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I can see why you had to go back and play with new angles and pp, it's such a movie spot, so cool. It was Kath that made me familiar with these "skeletons" along her coastline where only the structure remains and everything else fell away over the years. It is so completely photogen. Formidable composition going as high as possible to reach the sky. Color maybe connecting with the green and grey of the Welsh weather ... but b/w even better I think.
PB-Photography (2019/01/20 19:11:14): It was pouring during all 3 hours I walked and explored through the entire place. All shots taken here were with intention to be in B&W. I have a different image done from a Welsch castle which will have exactly those elements of green and gray you were suggesting here .... just wait ;-)