Re-work Wednesday 40

Bective Abbey

Please don’t be shocked,this week I had an irresistible urge to do something completely different! And so after 40 weeks of re-works, this is the first full colour image I have done, and probably the first ruin image that was not in Monochrome in over a year. What you are looking at is a shot of the Medieval Abbey at Bective in Co. Meath. It was built for the Cistercian order back in 1147AD and its still in quite good condition. Working from the Raw file I adjusted the structure and added a digital ND filter to bring out the detail in the sky.

Dont fear I have no intention of going back to shooting these the many ruins I visit each year in colour, but I think that its important to play around with something different every once in a while. If anyone has a favourite image which they would like to see featured in the future then get in touch or drop me a line, I would love to hear from you,

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About edmooneyphotography

Photographer, Blogger, Ruinhunter, with an unhealthy obsession for history, mythology and the arcane.
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41 Responses to Re-work Wednesday 40

  1. Livonne says:

    I have to admit to loving color.. so to me this is gorgeous.. blue skies, green grass and the old ruins.. beautiful.. 🙂

  2. John says:

    It’s really nice to see these beautiful works of art in colour!

  3. This is probably the prettiest shot you have taken; very nice. I personally refer your monochrome works… but it is still a nice shot. 🙂

  4. Margarita says:

    The monochromes are beautiful, and I really LOVE the color! xoxoM

  5. My favorite of all I seen of yours

  6. kiwiskan says:

    I always find to find it difficult to decide if something will be better in black and white than in colour…

  7. rjmackin says:

    Did a double take there! Nice to see some colour. Great image

  8. Ali Isaac says:

    Even though its in colour it still has a surreal, magical quality about it. The backdrop of sky just looks amazing!

    Btw… on a different note, did you get a shot of the moon last night? Apparantly tonight will be a blood moon… Ive never seen one, and judging by the weather report, its not looking like Ill see this one either!

  9. How about shocked and amazed? Great colorful rework Ed!

  10. Surprising but nice to see big blue moody cloud filled sky

  11. This is a beautiful, animated picture.

  12. After looking at many of your monochromes, I realize that the difference in feeling that I get from the color pics of almost complete structures, is that I could almost imagine what the ruin was like when it was whole and in use, with people in the picture. A subtle difference between mono being ‘this is past tense’ and color being ‘this was once present tense’.

  13. Beautiful image, Ed. I like the color as well as your black and white images. Always enjoyable.

  14. i love the color, and the 3-D effect of the castle on the image. Kind of reminds me of the images I saw in the GAF ViewMaster from my childhood. (a GAF what?)

  15. this is Ireland I remember!! Beautiful in colour Ed!!- though I love your mono!!

  16. Raconteur says:

    Amazing image.

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  18. Robyn G says:

    Love the colour too Ed, but enjoy all of your images and their subject matter 🙂

  19. Mjollnir says:

    I’m shocked Ed! I thought I’d opened the wrong post when I saw all the colour. Still a lovely photo though 🙂

  20. I say do a colour shot once a month, even once a quarter. I enjoy seeing the different shades of stone here. Lovely.

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