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Cathedral Cloister

By Blinky  
I've been at that fisheye lens again...

I thought I'd make another trip down to Norwich Cathedral today - I've walked around it plenty of times (admittedly mostly at night) but I've never been inside before. I thought it would be a good opportunity to spend some more time with my oft-neglected fisheye and see if I could make use of it a little more sensitively, rather than simply using it for goofy shots.

Of those I took I thought this shot of the cloisters worked quite well - the curved ceilings seem to lend themselves to a little more distortion. The trouble with this fisheye (maybe all fisheyes - I've not tried any others) is that you tend to get quite a bit of blue halos around bright, contrasty edges. I assume that's probably down to a combination of the extreme curvature of the lens and the fact that you can't stick a UV on it. Thus I've gone for the black and white option!

I've been playing around with a demo of Photomatix Pro and this is a bit of an HDR (assuming I'm using it correctly...) to brighten up the indirectly-lit stonework. To be honest, I'm not entirely convinced that I couldn't get the same result by shooting in 14-bit and playing with curves and / or overlaying an equalised version in PS. But I didn't shoot in 14-bit. Maybe an experiment for another time, but I would welcome any opinions on the subject.

Anyway, thanks for looking, enjoy!

Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure: 1/125 sec
Focal length: 11mm
ISO 200

Tags: Mono Norwich Architecture Cathedral Black and white Arch Cloister

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Comments


1 Mar 2008 8:34PM
Lovely image

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Blinky 9 10 England
1 Mar 2008 8:36PM
Thanks very much John.
Ian
1 Mar 2008 8:36PM
I love this.
Blinky 9 10 England
1 Mar 2008 8:43PM
Thanks Jenni!
Ian
Lilac 10 33 England
1 Mar 2008 8:44PM
Great angle and fab black & white

Susan
1 Mar 2008 8:49PM
first time i see this kind of view (angle of a cloister) shot with a fisheye... distortion is impressive, though harmonious in this case (vaultings in the ceiling)
funny how there are rails only on the right side Smile
Hoffy Plus
12 262 16 England
1 Mar 2008 8:51PM
Beautiful use of fish eye.
jdh2 11 1 1 United States
1 Mar 2008 8:52PM
very nice shot. Well thought out and executed.

Jerry
EllieEdge 9 15 42 Norway
1 Mar 2008 8:55PM
Great! You could consider cloning out the railing (?). I find it a bit distracting.
brand 12 6 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 9:02PM
Very nice shot.
Mike
edwood 9 3 Scotland
1 Mar 2008 9:15PM
brillyant shot,great composition,if only you could get rid of railings.
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
1 Mar 2008 9:49PM
Great perspective and beautiful monochrome tones.

Phil.
Diana 10 2.0k 19 Netherlands
1 Mar 2008 9:52PM
wonderful (I want a fisheye now)

Dianna
Blinky 9 10 England
1 Mar 2008 9:58PM
Wow, thanks for your clicks and comments everyone! I've a lot of catching up to do - that'll teach me to go out for an hour!
I'll have a go at the railing - watch this space...
Ian
Danny_Peters 10 159 England
1 Mar 2008 10:12PM
You aren't helping. I'm trying to not buy a fisheye.
Blinky 9 10 England
1 Mar 2008 10:20PM
Glad to be of disservice Danny! Wink
Ian
rowarrior 9 4.4k 9 Scotland
1 Mar 2008 10:49PM
Great angle, almost Escher-like
Blinky 9 10 England
1 Mar 2008 11:27PM
Thanks very much Katy.

For those who wanted rid of the railings, I have uploaded a cleaned-up version. Thanks for the suggestion!

Ian
sidaorb 11 3.9k 2 England
1 Mar 2008 11:28PM
Love the whole atmosphere of this shot, prefer V2 without the handrail
Blinky 9 10 England
1 Mar 2008 11:31PM
Thanks Carl. Glad it was worth it - not the easiest clone job I've had to do!
Ian
EllieEdge 9 15 42 Norway
2 Mar 2008 10:23AM
Yes - I like it even better without the railing Smile
And thanks for your comment on my sunset.
meekie 12 Scotland
2 Mar 2008 10:33AM
Well worth dusting down the fisheye for this one Ian. V2 is definitely better for getting shot of the handrail.

Graham
Blinky 9 10 England
2 Mar 2008 10:43AM
Eli, Graham, thanks very much.

Hooray, another RC! Thanks to everyone for their clicks, I really appreciate it. I was feeling a bit crap a week or so ago, unable to come up with any worthwhile pics, but your responses to my last few pics have really turned me around. Thanks again!
Ian
photophantom 9 108 3 Philippines
2 Mar 2008 1:49PM
Perfect angle for a difficult geometric subject. Very well balance of symmetry of polygons and archaeological details. Well done Artist EngineerSmile
Blinky 9 10 England
2 Mar 2008 2:14PM
Thanks Dennis, much appreciated!
Ian
2 Mar 2008 9:02PM
Well done for taking the railing out. Great mono shot, like it.

Nicky
Blinky 9 10 England
2 Mar 2008 9:54PM
Thanks very much Nicky.
Ian
AnneWorner 9 620 43 United States
3 Mar 2008 1:07AM
Excellent and interesting image - amazing how the fish-eye makes things look - very tempting to get one at some point! You did a fabulous job of cloning out the rail - you must have a lot of patience!
Anne
Blinky 9 10 England
3 Mar 2008 8:01AM
Thanks very much Anne. The cleaning up only took about an hour or so. I think it's one of those things you just have to take your time over though - you can generally spot a bad cloning job a mile away!
Ian
3 Mar 2008 8:03AM
An excellent use of the fisheye lens, a really good shot.
Good work on getting rid of the handrail as well.
Annette
trissie 10 United Kingdom
3 Mar 2008 8:41AM
Excellent capture, great detail and looks good in mono.

Trish
Blinky 9 10 England
3 Mar 2008 9:26AM
Trish, Annette, thank you very much.
Ian
EmmaG_M 9 136 4 United Kingdom
5 Mar 2008 12:36PM
Like the distortion and symmetrical effect! Could of sworn it was a mirror image!
5 Mar 2008 3:04PM
love the perspective...the fish eye lens sets if off...this works on every level. I like the 2nd image. It focused me eye back into the image.
Blinky 9 10 England
5 Mar 2008 8:23PM
Thanks very much Emma and Traci!
Ian
8 Mar 2008 1:40PM
Incredibly beautiful!
Mac
Blinky 9 10 England
11 Mar 2008 5:46AM
Thanks very much Mac
Ian
lilybear 8 16 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2008 12:53PM
I really like this photo. I live in norwich and vist the cathedral often. But never seen this shot before. Very inspiring !! will have to give it a try. Well done
Blinky 9 10 England
13 Apr 2008 11:52AM
Thanks very much Gill - I'll be keeping an eye on your PF!
Ian

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