Monday, March 6, 2023

St Mary the Virgin

In this short post I'm just going to show another field trip image using my EoSM 'Medium Format' Mamiya 617 Pano Stitching Camera.

The location was St Mary the Virgin, in Silchester, a 15 min drive from where we live.

Silchester, has its origins as Calleva, a centre of the Iron Age Atrebates tribe from the late 1st century BC. After the Roman conquest of AD 43 it became the large and important town of Calleva Atrebatum. Unlike most Roman towns, it was never reoccupied or built over after it was abandoned in the 6th or 7th century, so archaeological investigations have given an unusually complete picture of its development.

The earliest walls of St Mary the Virgin are from the beginning of the 12th century. The present building is not more than about 900 years old. About 1100 years before that the Romans came. Some consider that the excavated remains of one building in the old Roman Town may be interpreted as a place for Christian worship dating from about 340AD, though this cannot be certain.

As for the image, I took two rows of three landscape orientated images, having first ETTRed for the brightest part of the scene. The final cropped 617 file is 14199x5011 in size. I went for a simple, record shot, 'look' in the toning ;-)

As usual I welcome any comments or feedback on this post or any of my posts.

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