St Oswald’s

Chris & I popped into St Oswald’s church yesterday morning after visiting my father’s grave. It’s a lovely church perched on a hillside overlooking Filey Bay and is open to visitors daily from 10:30-12:30. There were a number of volunteers at the church giving tours and answering questions for visitors. We were the only visitors when we arrived. The church dates back to the early 1100s and is in fabulous condition. Like most parish churches in small towns though there are only perhaps 100-120 parishioners regularly attending services.

I asked about being allowed to photograph the inside of the church and was told I could do so with no restrictions while the church was open. Tripods too were not a problem. I made arrangements to photograph the interior of the church this morning.

Chris & I arrived right at 10:30 this morning and were the only visitors again. My goal was to shoot the church interior in HDR using my tripod and my 17-40 wide angle lens. Showing proper detail in brightly lit windows is always a challenge when photographing building interiors. With HDR, three exposures are taken at -2 stops, 0 and +2 stops of exposure in order to ensure Deatil is recorded in all areas of the photograph; shadows, mid tones and highlights. Mounting the camera on a tripod helps prevent camera movement.

We spent about an hour at the church photographing from various angles. My photos turned out pretty well except that I didn’t get enough detail in all the windows. Photos were processed using Photoshop CS6 and Nik HDR Efex Pro software. In retrospect I should have perhaps shot at -3,0,+3 as it was pretty bright outside. I think you’ll still get a pretty good appreciation of the church’s beautiful interior though from the pictures here.

This afternoon we took a run into Scarborough with my mother. At almost 83 years old now, she does not handle change very well. We’ve been trying to convince her to upgrade her almost 30 yr old tube TV to a new LED TV for almost three years now. She’s always resisted, explaining she didn’t want to learn anything new. Hates technology and won’t even look at a computer or iPad. Well miracles do happen apparently as she has relented and agreed to a new TV. This is likely due to the pending switch from analog to digital in the UK this fall. We came home with a new Samsung 32″ LED TV in a box I could easily carry in one hand. Set up was a snap and the EURO 2012 semi final football match between Spain and Portugal was a treat to watch on the new TV this evening. Marvelous color! Shame Portugal lost though. Of course my mother has decided to keep the old TV just in case the new one breaks down and is keeping the box for the new TV too! Guess I’ll have to get rid of those items on our next visit.


  1. Dick June 27, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Fantastic church. and great photos.

    • Mark June 28, 2012 at 3:41 am #

      Thanks for stopping by Dick.