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The famous scissor arch in Wells cathedral (built in 1180!). The sense of space due to the pointed arch, shafted column and ribbed vault of the Gothic style is unbelievable. This was the first English cathedral to built entirely in this style. I am not into religion but for stonemasons to be able to build structures like this in those years (12th century) is mind boggling!

Camera:Nikon D300 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 18-200 taken at 18mm f/3.5 1/30
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Scissor Arch
Username:JMB JMB
Uploaded:26 Aug 2009 - 9:00 PM
Tags:Architecture
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carlosthejackal
carlosthejackal e2 Member 5carlosthejackal vcard England
26 Aug 2009 - 9:19 PM

Great image, and I agree, some of the work that was undertaken all those years ago is stunning. How much would it cost to do again at today's prices I wonder? Does anyone have the skills to do it nowadays anyway?

Great angle too by the way...

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James_C
James_C e2 Member 536 forum postsJames_C vcard United Kingdom56 Constructive Critique Points
26 Aug 2009 - 9:44 PM

Welcome to EPZ. A really beautiful image of Wells Cathedral. I've always loved that scissor arch and can never remember which cathedral it is in. It is great to have access to the upper reaches of these magnificent buildings - you gain a wonderful perspective.
I guess it must have been late in the day when you took this as there is no sign of the usual strong contrasts that make these buildings so difficult to photograph? I'd love to know.

James

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Sezz
Sezz e2 Member 9617 forum postsSezz vcard England15 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2009 - 11:42 AM

A stunning structure isn't it! I always marvel at the workmanship when I'm in buildings like this - taken from a good angle, well done!

Sarah

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29 Aug 2009 - 8:24 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Exposure is spot on, well done. What a stunning structure! Personally, I'd have either liked to have seen either precision symmetry or definitely angled, not something just off-centre (probably the former, given the subject). Also, the image isn't as sharp as it could be, probably due to the slow shutter speed causing a bit of camera shake and the wide aperture not giving enough DOF. As it's so nearly a really good shot, I'd be tempted to go back under similar lighting conditions and take a tripod so you can shoot with a smaller aperture/greater DOF and it won't matter how slow the shutter speed is. Of course, this is wishful thinking if the cathedral doesn't allow tripods up there! Actually, thinking about it, although you shot this with your D300, you have a D3, don't you? Lighter answer than tripod - whack up the ISO! Seemples!

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