Thursday Doors: You have to look up to see the Door

There are some beautiful wooden doors at Ely Cathedral:

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The photo above was taken on the Octagon Tower tour so I was at eye level.  From the main floor of the cathedral though you would be forgiven for looking up and not realizing it was a door:

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Even with one open, from the floor it’s not overly obvious.  Standing next to it though, it’s obvious:

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Getting good photos in a church can be tough. Often flash is not allowed so you have to use the lighting available in a creative way. It was a sunny day when I was visiting, so that was a plus.  The first and third photos in this post have been cropped and sharpened. Particularly for the first photo, I thought the available light highlighted the photograph in interesting ways.  The middle photo is an HDR image. I bracketed the shots and then combined them in Photoshop. In this case, I was looking to add as much detail to the image as possible.

The tour of the tower was really interesting, but to me the highlight was these doors. Having the opportunity to see them close-up really allowed me to see what beautiful works of art they are.  What do you think of my edits? Do you also enjoy seeing works of art from different angles?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Security

This past weekend I was at Ely Cathedral and took a tour of the Octagon Tower.  Here is a panorama from the top:

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I added the full size version to my Flickr account so you can click on the photo below if you would like to take a closer look:

Ely Cathedral

It was a fabulous weather moment.  And being that this is England, I do have to say moment, the sun is likely to go away at any moment. It was a bit windy, but just beautiful.  Because time was limited, I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about composition, I just took a bunch of photos.  This one, I have left unedited. There are a lot of imperfections in it in terms of photography, however to me it represents fairly well the grandeur of the scene, the raw beauty of it.

For my Instagram feed, I went with something a bit different:

The view from the Octagon tower @ely_cathedral is #beautiful #england

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In this case, you can see that I did think about the framing.  It’s Instagram, so I did use a filter and add a vignette. Same trip to the top of the tower, but two different interpretations of what I saw at the top.

After we were finished this tour, we looked around the Cathedral a bit on our own and then took the ground level tour.  At this point you might be wondering why I’ve titled this post, Security.  On the tour, we found out that the foundation of the Cathedral is about 5’8″ deep.  I can assure you that this did not make me feel super secure about the whole structure staying up despite the fact that it has for quite awhile. Never mind how I then felt about being on the top of the tower!

Has that ever happened to you, you found out the risks after you took the chance? In this case, it worked out well.  In fact, the Cathedral has two towers and we are planning to go back and take a tour of the other tower.  What do you think of my two interpretations of the view from the top? Do you sometimes photograph or edit with the intent of telling more than one tale?  Feel free to leave a comment below.

Cheers!