Old Friend... by vignouse

Old Friend...

For those who have been following my project for a while, this building will be a very familiar sight. For newer followers - welcome - you'll be seeing it again... often. It's Paimpont Abbey and dates from 1199: it overlooks Paimpont Lake and always rewards time spent photographing it. I was attracted here by the turbulent sky which was quickly replaced by heavy grey clouds... and the fact that the year was already 3 days old and I hadn't posted an image of my favourite building!
Even in bw the lake shimmers like glass. Love this building. I would cry if you didn't include regular updates. Are those con trails in the sky?
January 3rd, 2015  
Fav, beautiful shot. Are those lines in sky jet trails? Out and about? Does this mean improved from your "crud?"
January 3rd, 2015  
@joansmor @trinda Joan, Trinda - thank you. Slightly improved Trinda but I really needed to get out 'for a blow' as my late mother would have said. Yes, they are jet contrails: the horizontal one would have been on the europe/stateside route and the two vertical ones, inter-europe north/south traffic. They will have been at 30/40,000 feet so they are seen but not heard.
January 3rd, 2015  
Beautiful and so lovely in b&w.
January 3rd, 2015  
So very beautiful.
January 3rd, 2015  
Oh, yes, and I love this building and everything you do with it!
January 3rd, 2015  
what a beautiful, peaceful photo!
January 3rd, 2015  
Great image Richard. Wonderful water and Sky.
January 3rd, 2015  
A wonderful b & w with beautiful tonality Richard. Just me but I find the jet trails somewhat out of kilter with this lovely image. They are real I know and a wonderful capture ;. Great Image Richard love It
January 3rd, 2015  
Stunning photo, composition, reflections, natural framing, tones
January 3rd, 2015  
Fantastic composition and processing. There is always a different way to shoot the same subject. I'd does look like a great location to keep going back to.
January 3rd, 2015  
Being a "newbie" as far as following you I look forward to seeing more of this beautiful lakeside Abbey and hearing about its history. The B&W is striking but hopefully you will include several in color.
January 3rd, 2015  
@essiesue By following the tag 'abbey' you will find eleven colour images of Paimpont Abbey plus lots of other abbey pictures posted by other people - I have probably forgotten to tag some of my images... if I can find a spare half-hour (!) I'll do it.
January 3rd, 2015  
beautiful place
it has a certain mystery about it in B&W
January 3rd, 2015  
Yes, mysterious indeed. Great reflection, too.
January 3rd, 2015  
@essiesue OK - I realised if I didn't do it straightway I wouldn't do it at all, so they are all now tagged paimpont-abbey - just click on that tag from this post and you will see them all... apart from the 600 or so that I haven't posted! Thanks for your interest.
January 3rd, 2015  
@tosee I hesitated a long time before I decided to leave them in Tom...
January 3rd, 2015  
@vignouse
Thank you, Richard, for so promptly tagging pictures of Paimpont Abbey. I viewed each one and enjoyed your comments. It is nice to have this brief background and a desire to view and learn more.
January 4th, 2015  
Those clouds just make the image so much more striking.
January 4th, 2015  
Richard, your images are such inspirations!
January 4th, 2015  
Gorgeous contrast and reflections. Very pretty!!
January 4th, 2015  
Lovely image !! So beautiful to see such beautiful old structure still standing after so many years. They make such incredible photos. Love the reflection in the water and the airplane lines through the clouds.
January 4th, 2015  
Beautiful capture. Love the dramatic sky.
January 4th, 2015  
nice reflections and presentation
January 4th, 2015  
Nice and dramatic with the b/w
January 4th, 2015  
Fantastic Richard! I know I have said it before, but I do love your black and white editing.
January 4th, 2015  
A beautiful shot and really excellent editing. Your "turbulent sky" is well described. You can shoot this building some more if you want to... practice, practice, practice! :) A lovely place.
January 4th, 2015  
Stunning b/w. Fav
January 4th, 2015  
Lovely in b&w
January 4th, 2015  
Like very much the cloud cover reflection which sets off the Abbey's peace, beauty and timelessness. Equally the 'Johnny come lately' air trails serve to enhance the Abbey's ability to transcend and accommodate whatever happens in its vicinity. Great on black. Fav.
January 4th, 2015  
Another super image.
January 4th, 2015  
Super image in black and white. Great reflection and fab sky!
January 4th, 2015  
I always enjoy seeing another one (shot of the abbey) since they're familiar yet so different from each other.
January 4th, 2015  
Fabulous and stunning image!!
January 4th, 2015  
This may have been featured before, but you always pick a new angle for us! Great processing and lovely reflection - Lucy
January 4th, 2015  
This is such a beautiful scene! And captured wonderfully by you! Love that you did it in B&W
January 4th, 2015  
Magnificent building and scene. Can you visit the interior?
January 4th, 2015  
@helly31 Indeed you may - I was there for mass this morning... come next Sunday and you'll have the 'pleasure' of me leading the worship (as you may know, in a Catholic Mass the priest is responsible for the liturgy, the rest is done by laity.) If you follow the tag paimpont-abbey from this page, you will find a lot more photos of this beautiful building, including some of the interior.
January 4th, 2015  
Stunning as usual Richard. I thought I saw an eye looking at me from the sky, almost at the top and to the right of the Abbey. We were doing something similar this morning. The 1st Sunday of every month I take the service at a 17th century non-conformist chapel! The Abbey has become a fav, as has this image.
January 4th, 2015  
A wonderful composition, perfectly processed.
January 4th, 2015  
Another lovely shot of the Abbey Richard. I like the fact , u nintentional I am sure, that you have the jet trails creating like a square pattern in the bit of clear sky in the centre
January 6th, 2015  
A familiar but welcome image. Very nicely captured, I do enjoy seeing 'your Brittany' through your lens it brings back many happy memories for me.
January 6th, 2015  
Beautiful and atmospheric
January 14th, 2015  
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