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Sea of Steps

By ghibby  
This is my version of the famous Sea of Steps photograph taken by Fredrick Henry Evans. I shot the image earlier this year at Wells Cathedral in Somerset. The steps lead to the equally stunning Chapter house with is grand central column. This is an area of the Cathedral that is often fairly free of people and you can easily position your tripod close to the bottom of the stairs beside the door opening to get the best view of this space with no major disturbances. This was one of the first shots I took with my new toy (24mm mk2 TSE lens) and being able to control the perspective of this scene has made the image much more powerful. I used nearly the full amount of vertical shift to attain this viewpoint, I was only standing 2 or three steps below the lowest one in the scene. The most important aspect of the image is the way the steps all converge to the right in a grand sweeping curve, combined with the side lighting from the window to the left illuminating the scene beautifully. I composed with a view to BW processing and the sepia look worked for me and certainly helps in conveying the old fashioned look to the image. I also applied a moderate vignette and some minor local contrast adjustments to emphasise the window light a touch. All processing was done in Lightroom 3.

Exposure 3.2sec @ F11.0 Focal length 24mm with 10.5mm shift ISO 100

Tags: Architecture Somerset Black and white Wells cathedral Steps to chapter house

Voters: acer1946, Dee73, Joline and 8 more

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3 Sep 2010 11:36AM
well done!
Joline Plus
15 34 59 United States
3 Sep 2010 11:53AM
James_C Plus
12 38 57 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2010 12:10PM
Great shot

paulett 11 19 United Kingdom
3 Sep 2010 12:23PM the treatment!
User_Removed 12 26 2 United States
3 Sep 2010 12:55PM
Gorgeous - love what you have done with it.

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