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