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Scissor Arch

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!

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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 8 36 56 United Kingdom
26 Aug 2009 9:44PM
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.

Sezz 13 617 15 England
29 Aug 2009 11:42AM
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!

User_Removed 10 736 4
29 Aug 2009 8:24PM
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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