An evening trip for a photographic meet at this lovely old stone church, St Mary the Virgin, known as ‘the lantern of Kent’ as its tower could be seen by mariners navigating the shallows up the Thames nearby. The church dates from the 13th century, and similarities with the fine quality of materials and stone carving used lead experts to think the same craftsmen who worked on the famous Westminster Abbey also were at work here. There are beautiful stained glass windows, which date from the Victorian era. The main window is reputedly by William Wailes (1808-1881) It has recently been renovated. I am not by nature a still-life photographer, and it was challenging in the light to make something of this lovely building. By the Rector’s own admission, it is a difficult place to photograph.
The evening setting sun was just leaking into the church, giving the yellow highlight on the right hand side of the window.
For this shot I lay on the floor – well, actually no. I put the camera on the auto-timer, and lay it on the floor! Unfortunately the necessary electric lighting makes for flare. Perhaps another time go earlier in the day and try this without artificial light.
There was a group of about twelve people, and it was quite difficult to move about too much without spoiling someone else’s shot or tripping over tripods. I was silly enough to bring a tripod that only allowed ‘landscape’ orientation. And its funny for me to set the autofocus on anything other than AI Servo and the shutter on Multi-shot and looking for something moving fast. All of these were taken with my Canon 10-22 mm ultra wide angle lens. A fun time, and the resident Rector was incredibly helpful.