I visited Peterborough Cathedral the same day as Ely Cathedral and was equally impressed by this building which is massive and super gothic.

Here’s a shot of the North Altar.

We’ll stick with Ely Cathedral after yesterday’s post.

If you ever visit Ely Cathedral you will find that you can take a guided tour of one of the 2 towers – your choice – either the West Tower or the Octagon tower. I decided to grab hold of my vertigo and went for the Octagon tower (which is slightly lower than the West Tower at a mere 170 feet). Let me confirm – it was more than high enough. I did pretty well, or so I thought, with my vertigo. It was only when looking at the photographs I had taken did I find out how much I was actually shaking 😉

So, from a viewpoint below the Octagon Tower looking up, here is the tower in question.

I know you want proof that I did go up there so click the link below to see a picture from all the way up there.

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I visited a couple of Cathedrals today – Peterborough and Ely. Both are very impressive buildings and are well worth a visit. Ely Cathedral had this very impressive Christmas tree with a nativity in front of it. I think this sums up Christmas quite nicely – don’t you?

Turling is a very pleasant village boasting some fine Tudor buildings a lovely green and common and this fine church.

This image has been pretty popular on my Flickr pages – if you want to see many more of my pictures this is the place to go – I only show a small number of pictures on this site. Just click the Flickr link towards the top of the page under the “Follow Me” heading.

We have been off work this last fortnight and have spent some time walking around North Essex. A couple of days ago we walked in a large circle starting and finishing at Great Leighs and taking in a small village chock full of character and Elizabethan buildings called Turling. Now the nights are drawing in sunset is coming at a more convenient time and we saw this as we reached the end of the walk.

Two for the price of one, combining 2 of probably the top 10 most photographed structures in London.

When I got home from London on Sunday I transferred all my images to my computer and discovered I made quite a blunder. I’d shot the whole day in ISO800. What that means is the camera produces a lot more noise (think graininess) on your pictures. Combine that with the fact that I was shooting HDR – combining 5 shots into 1, the noise just built and built. I use a plug-in recommended by pro photographer and all round top guy Trey Ratcliffe (check out his pictures – they are out of this world…) – and it really did the trick. So – if you are looking for some decent noise reduction check out Imagenomic.

I popped out to Thaxted again to capture the sunset…one day it won’t be so cloudy…anyhow, I took this photograph of the setting moon coming down over the Almshouses and graveyard – it looks straight out of a fairy tale.

Along with the photograph of Doctors Pond taken at the crack of dawn on Sunday morning I also took this one of Great Dunmow’s Parish Church.

I’ve photographed loads of Churches in Essex over the last 6 months or so, but strangely haven’t investigated my local church in Dunmow, so, here we go!

Ordinarily I’d start a series of photographs of a church with a picture from the outside, but I couldn’t get the images I had to look as I wanted to yesterday. The main problem was the dreary sky – it was very grey! After some work today I think this is as good as I’ll get.

I don’t do many black and white conversions of my pictures but I am quite pleased with how this came out.

At the weekend I traveled to the southernmost  point in the Dunmow Hundred (a hundred was a subdivision of a county or shire listed in the Doomsday Book details of the Dunmow Hundred can be found here). Willingale has the unusual distinction of having two churches built next door to each other. This is a view of the inside of St Andrew’s, looking down the aisle.

More tomorrow…