St Mary’s Church

Although the imposing ruins of Whitby Abbey dominate the headland of the east cliff that overlooks the harbour, it’s actually the small parish church of St Mary’s (founded in 1110 AD) that first catches the eye when looking up from the town. The church sits in front of the Abbey and is incredibly close to the cliff edge – in fact a couple of landslides in the past twelve months have resulted in part of the graveyard collapsing onto the houses and street below, exposing their gruesome remains. The interior of the church which is mainly 18th & 19th Century, is laid out in a box pew arrangement with upper galleries on three sides.

I’m currently a couple of days in to a two-week free-trial of Nik’s Software Collection, so I’ve used a few of these shots to experiment with Silver Efex Pro 2 and Colour Efex Pro 4. I have to say I like what I see so far…..;0).

I reckon a couple of more posts on Whitby should see me done and then I’ll move on to something else. I’ve currently got about 200 shots waiting for post-processing and we are off to the Orkney Isles for a couple of weeks in about a months time….so I better get cracking.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

7 Responses to “St Mary’s Church”

  1. Chillbrook

    Lovely series Mark. I think you’re going to enjoy the Nik software very much. I think the Silver Efex Pro can be a little heavy and grainy if you’re not careful but I think it can be very effective. Have you tried the Topaz Black and White effects? I don’t know if they have a trial available but that does similar things.

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    • Mark Simms

      Thanks Adrian, much appreciated. Haven’t made up my mind on the Nik software yet, so I’ll check out Topaz as well.

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  2. rondje

    Very nice series! I use the Nik Silver and color too, especially love the control point way of editing, but like Adrian said, easily some of the presets can overdo things, but once you get the hang of it, you will get what you want out of it, i think!
    Looking forward to what comes out of those 200 shots
    Good luck

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