Glastonbury Tor

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Glastonbury Tor - ascent

Glastonbury Tor

 

Glastonbury Tor - detail

This is a set of four photographs taken last weekend during a trip to Glastonbury Tor and St Michael’s Tower – a rather overcast day until we were leaving, lending itself nicely to the conversion to Black and White.

We got lucky with the parking, finding a space quite close to the bottom of the Tor (famous for it’s lack of parking) – the climb to the top of the Tor is good exercise! – the initial part is the steepest and then becomes a bit more gentle.  There is a path with steps these days (presumably to reduce erosion) from the town side – there other paths, I didn’t walk them, but they looked much steeper.

St Michael’s Tower sits on the top of the Tor and, along with the Tor itself, is visible from miles around – it is all that remains of the Monastic Church of St. Michael – now a Grade 1 listed building – It is closely associated with the Abbey in the town that fell into ruin after the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539.  The tower is just a shell now, and, as we found, a welcome shelter from the wind!

Technical details

Photograph 1: View from Waltons Hill – Nikon D80; 1/1250s;f/4.8@170mm (Sigma 70-300mm;f/4.5-5.6);ISO200 – Handheld – Post processing in LightRoom 5 – B&W conversion done in LR5;

Photograph 2: Glastonbury Tor – The steepest part of the climb – Nikon D80; 1/400s;f/10@18mm (Nikkor 18-70mm;f/3.5-4.5;Stock lens);ISO400 – Handheld – Post processing in LightRoom 5, SilverFX Pro for B&W conversion;

Photograph 3: Glastonbury Tor – The final climb – Nikon D80; 1/400s;f/10@18mm (Nikkor 18-70mm;f/3.5-4.5;Stock lens);ISO400 – Handheld – Post processing in LightRoom 5, SilverFX Pro for B&W conversion;

Photograph 4: St Michael’s Tower – Nikon D80; 1/250s;f/8@18mm (Nikkor 18-70mm;f/3.5-4.5;Stock lens);ISO200 – Handheld – Post processing in LightRoom 5 – B&W conversion done in LR5;

 

 

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