Crichton Memorial Church – PT.III | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle

black & white, infrared, photography, rural, skies, spring, structures, trees

When the Ground Marries the Sky.

It really isn’t all that often that I’m lucky enough to see settings like this. Back in November I shot the church for my first time (2019: posts 169 & 178 on my Archives page, if you’d like to roll back a little) and, given the beautiful weather on that day too, albeit cold and autumnal – I was extremely happy to have come away with some lovely IR frames that, yes, I am still very pleased with; but today, in the midst of spring and of course, during the still current lock-down, I managed to snag a few more that, even before I reached for my camera, had me drawing sharp intakes of breath. (Social- distancing – unbreached of course; in fact that part really wasn’t difficult at all.) 

I hope that you are all keeping well and, that you’ll enjoy these few captures. 

I | 24mm – 1/380th – f6.3 – ISO:200 | Ricoh GXR LTFS Conversion w/Hoya R72

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II | 24mm – 1/290th – f6.3 – ISO:200 | Ricoh GXR LTFS Conversion w/Hoya R72

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III | 28mm – 1/850th – f4.3 – ISO:200 | Ricoh GXR LTFS Conversion w/Hoya R72

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36 thoughts on “Crichton Memorial Church – PT.III | 720nm Infrared | 35Chronicle

    1. Alena, I got lucky with the clouds and couldn’t stop hitting the shutter. No long exposure shots though, but had I thought to have packed my big-stopper… if only. Next time, perhaps! Great to see you here again, Alena! Thank you so much! Very best, Rob 🙏 📷

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  1. Three wonderful images of a grand structure, Rob. If you don’t mind a critiqueish question, did you crop the top of the church in the last image for a reason? I love the shot but can’t stop wondering about that.

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    1. Hey Steve. Glad you enjoyed these few frames. To answer your question, in the first two frames I wanted to amplify the effects in the clouds against the hardness of the stone, and in the third shot, I moved concentration from the clouds to the tree in the centre, and its own softness compared to the strength of the buttresses. Landscape seemed a better option for framing as it brought into play the trees either side of the church too, but if you compare it to frame one, it’s cropped about the same, I think. As I was concentrating more on the base and centre of the building and less on the sky, I didn’t consider the top couple of feet to add to, the composition. (Also, I couldn’t move too much wider – there were a couple of kids with a football a few feet to frame left who were not looking like moving away anytime soon!) Have a great week, Steve, and thank you! Very best, Rob 🙏 📷


    2. Thanks for the explanation. I thought you probably had a reason but it wasn’t apparent to me. A good week to you as well. Still on close down but it appears we may get to go back to work on a limited scale soon.

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    3. Hi Rob

      What Steve is on about is what is called “Attention points”. I learnt this after I joined the local Photographic club. These points must be preserved in a Photograph (according to their rules, examples are top of buildings, top of boats especially sailing ones etc). But, sometimes you have to break the rules to create an image the way you prefer! Very personal.
      I personally love the image as is…..!!!
      Best regards

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    4. Amar, thank you, and thanks for the explanation. Really glad you enjoyed these few shots. Of all the cameras I have in my arsenal, this A16 works the hardest and longest. Hope you’re well, my friend! Very best, Rob 🙏 📷


  2. Always look forward your posts. Especially fond of the first one, the lines of the road flanked by the trees really caught my eye.

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    1. Awww, Janet, thank you! As you’d imagine, I left the road on the corner on purpose. I do my best to exercise conscious exclusion when I’m framing and, the road off looked to me, a nice part of the shot. Frames that corner nicely I think. Thank you for noticing! I’ve a few more frames from today, probably won’t get to post ’til nest week now but, watch this space! And please forgive me for not catching up with your posts recently… I’m catching up as quickly as I can I promise! Bad Rob! 😕

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    1. Thank you my friend and, great to hear from you! This A16 is still such a treat. Wonderful to work with! Keep well my friend, and best wishes to you and Shirley!

      Sent from my aging Sony! 😁


    1. That’s generally how it’s done, Mike. Amar has converted many cameras for me and I’ve never been anything but delighted. Lifepixel will be able to let you know if they can do it for you, and I believe their work comes with a guarantee.

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    1. Thank you so much, Mike! It’s a lovely spot isn’t it?!

      As for your R X100 – I’m not certain but, if you send a query to my good friend Amar, at – he will be the best person I know who could help you. I do wish you luck and, if you manage to get it converted one day, dooooo let me know! Have a great evening, Mike! Very best, Rob 🙏


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