Whilst I have photographed Romsey Abbey and the services, concerts and events held there many times over the past few years, this is my best shot so far of its interior, dominated by round Norman arches.

Romsey Abbey
The nave of Romsey Abbey

It was taken after the Choral Evensong that concluded this year’s Ethelflaeda Festival. Incense had been used during the service and, bringing into relief the beams from the powerful lights that illuminate the building, it created a magical, almost mystical atmosphere.

I shot a single 13-second exposure at F14 and 100 ISO, then processed it in Lightroom 5 to bring out shadow detail, level it (the new Upright tools in Lightroom are ideal for this) and boost clarity a little.

Shortly after upload, the photo trended as Popular on 500px.com – the first of mine to do so.

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