Earlier this month, it was my pleasure to photograph the Friends of Romsey Abbey Music Epiphany Supper for social media and the Abbey’s parish magazine. I was chairman of the Friends for four years until 2016, and this is our annual fund-raiser. Thanks to an outstandingly successful chorister recruitment campaign by our Director of Music, George Richford, we had outgrown our previous venue, the Abbey’s Church Rooms. The Vicar, the Revd Canon Tim Sledge, therefore kindly gave us permission to hold it in the Abbey itself for the first time.
The evening began with carols sung by the choir:
Candid moments at the dining tables:
Even Sita, the Verger’s lucky black cat, put in an appearance:
Musical items followed the meal, including a rendition of the the Twelve Days of Christmas with enthusiastic audience particpation:
The Vicar spoke for everybody as he thanked the organisers at the end of the evening.
Nearly 120 people served from the Church Rooms, separate from the Abbey – a real feat!
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.
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.
‘The best camera you have is the one you have with you’, Chase Jarvis once said. This was certainly the case for me this evening. I happened to walk down the nave in Romsey Abbey after Continue reading →