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Main Alter - Peterborough Cathedral

By James_C
Good morning everyone.

The main alter of Peterborough Cathedral is situated in the nave between the choir and the main body of the cathedral. The high alter is used for special services and the main alter is used for "normal" Sunday services and the like. This photgraph is taken from the choir.

The painted wood ceiling over the nave is the largest in Europe and the only one of its type that survives in the UK. It dates back to 1230 - 1250 AD. In November 2001 it was literally witrhin seconds of being destroyed by fire caused by an arsonist. Thankfully it was spotted in time and the fire brigade managed to save it. The cathedral suffered serious damage but was able to stay open.

V1 and V2 are the same photgraph, but with slightly different processing. In V2 I have tried to bring out the ceiling a bit more.

Thank you for kind c+c on my last upload.m I hope you enjoy this one.

Have a good weekend.


Tags: Photo journalism Church General Architecture Religion Nave Peterborough Cathedral Largest Painted Wood Ceiling

Voters: andylea, Ray42, Rock and 21 more

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andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 7:17AM
v2 for me today james wonderful detail brilliant light and shadows a cracker nice one Wink

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mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 8:12AM
V1 for me, I prefer not to see everything in bright detail, a view like this needs a bit of mystery.
Lovely composition, asymmetrical but balanced - that's something I appreciate.
jason_e 14 15 1 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 8:53AM
Nice shot, not sure if I prefer one or two but I feel the bottom two inches are surplus to requirements.
Just my opinion of course.
EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
19 Mar 2011 9:16AM
Both very fine results. I rather like the slightly less bright V1 but it is good seeing the ceiling in brighter tones of V2.

Alvar 12 23 2 France
19 Mar 2011 10:55AM
V1 for me but two great shots.
Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
19 Mar 2011 11:56AM
I have a slight preference for v2. I would crop the floor considerably, though. I think that expanse of foreground doesn't enhance this image.
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
19 Mar 2011 12:25PM
V2--- I would prefer to see clearly-- A wonderful image!
GlenD 12 United States
19 Mar 2011 1:58PM
Nice James, Been to Peterborough many times from King's Lynn but never here mostley shopping or renew a passpor! nice shots
ChasD 10 4 2 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2011 5:17PM
Very fine shot. I marginally prefer the treatment in V1. Charles.
gary_d 12 576 13 Wales
19 Mar 2011 8:13PM

Quote:V1 for me, I prefer not to see everything in bright detail, a view like this needs a bit of mystery.

A very good point with which I agree. - gary

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