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Saint Lawrence's Church

The church stands on a Chiltern hill high above West Wycombe with its superb golden ball that can be seen for many miles around. The present day building is made up of three seperate structures, a Saxon Church, a Norman tower and an eighteenth century box building. All three were joined together by Sir Francis Dashwood in 1763 at a cost of around £6000. Inspiration for the knave came from the 3rd centuary AD ruins at Palmyra of the Sun Temple, no doubt seen on his grand tour of Europe and the Ottoman Empire. The 14mm ultrawide again.

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Nice picture John. I looked up your lens. Certainly a more realistic price than most if you can live with manual focusing, which on a wide angle and a reasonable f number is no big deal. I bought the Sigma wide angle zoom which I have been very pleased with and which is also reasonably priced compared with the alternatives
John Prior: Thanks Bill. Focusing between 10 feet and infinity at f8 or F11 keeps everything in focus. I have a Sigma 10-20mm lens, that of course on my Canon APS-C DSLR is equivalent to 16 - 32mm and that is also an excellent lens. Sigma also have a new 8-16mm APS-C lens that matches their 12-24mm full frame lens – Sigma are very good at wide angle zooms.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 28 Feb 2012, 08:19
It looks like it is dedicated to Sputnik John.
John Prior: Perhaps it's the other way round Chad smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Feb 2012, 08:52
This looks wonderful and sounds interesting John: I must go there when I'm over that way this year
John Prior: The house and grounds, village, caves, church and mausoleum are all very close to each other.
nice sunlight
John Prior: We had fantastic weather over the weekend, great to be out and about.
  • Fred Adams
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Feb 2012, 10:13
Nice POV John, the lens is working well.
John Prior: Thanks Fred, apart from the distortion that can be improved in software, the resolution of the lens right to the edges is fantastic and also low CAs. For the money something of a bargain.
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Feb 2012, 10:44
like the light on this John and sounds an interesting place.
John Prior: The house and grounds, village, caves, church and mausoleum are all very close to each other, worth a visit when the NT managed house and grounds are open, the Dashwood family are still in residence and run all the properties as a connected venue for offbeat weddings etc. The house and grounds are also a well used film location.
What a fine looking church, the golden ball is most unusual.
John Prior: I must try and visit it some day, a small chamber with seating around the circumference, but not usually open to the public. The church is kept locked also apart from services.
A very well ordered graveyard, and it looks well maintained.
John Prior: Yes I think it is kept well, surrounding hillside is managed by the NT.
With the lighting here, the cemetery looks almost cheerful!!
It's a very beautiful place! Great light too.
Have a nice day.

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