Southwold, 10:30 GMT 52° North

26th June, at 10:30 am (GMT), at 52.3° North, the sun peeped from behind the tower of St Edmund’s church at Southwold—just as I took this photo (and effectively bleached out the sky!).

West face St Edmunds Southwold

West face of St Edmund’s church, Southwold, Suffolk: Photo taken 26th June 2018

#2018picoftheweek: Sun Flare

St Edmund is one of East Anglia’s own saints. King at the time of the Great Heathen Army, in 869 he was slain, reputedly, by Ivar the Boneless and his brother Ubba. Thirty years later he became the first venerated saint of the newly converted Christain Vikings of East Anglia with a cult centre at Beadoriceworth (now Bury St Edmunds). His is one of the most common dedications amongst East Anglian churches.


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12 Responses to Southwold, 10:30 GMT 52° North

  1. What beautiful sun flare! I also like all the shapes found in this photo. They set off the lens flare quite nicely.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      St Edmunds at Southwold is a beautiful church, and unusual for East Anglian churches of this period, built all of a piece. Usually, they’re an amalgam of various periods as local gentry and merchants made their gifts of salvation but the previous church burned down, and so they were able to start it afresh, just as the wool trade really kicked off to bring in massive profits (and guilt).


  2. Judy says:

    Nice colors and lens flare adds good interest to an interesting building.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I do thank you Judy. That west face was in shadow, but that actually helped as it was easier to bring out the features. Those faces full in sun tend to bleach out: the exposed flint faces are highly reflective.


  3. Joy Pixley says:

    Great effect with the bleached sky and sun flare — and looming perspective, too.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      I thank you, Joy. I have such a collection of church architecture, and very seldom have cause to use it. This challenge, for the sun-flare, provided opportunity. I noted the time, date and latitude since this makes a difference to just how high in the sky that sun was. (not yet overhead but getting there, and as far north as it gets)

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  4. Brian Bixby says:

    I remember the church from a visit in 1993. But I did not capture such a dramatic view!

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  5. gahlearner says:

    A beautiful picture of a beautiful building. The sun flare seems to bridge the past with the present.

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    • crimsonprose says:

      In an area with so many beautiful churches (wool churches, built during C14th & C15th on profits of wool trade), St Edmunds seems just one more. Or so I thought until I visited it. I loved the flint flushwork, the wonderful ‘perpendicular’ windows. And the roof inside! But I’m holding that back to use for another title. And the sun just happened to be just at the right height. at the right time. Though, ironically, I captured an even better sun flare this last week (the rays coloured and extremely clear) but the church was plain, exposed flint nodules. We photographers, never satisfied!

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