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Winchester Cathedral

By redstag  
At the centre of our great Cathedrals is the cross. The cross is the plan used to shape the design, and it lives in the heart of the Cathedral, spiritually and physically.
The cross means many things to many people. From sacrifice to hope.
I have found the variety of the Cathedrals I have visited this year a great source of inspiration, yet within all of them there are certain constants. The basic shape of the building, the orientation and hence the way the light travels through the building. Yet some are light and airy, some are dark and sombre.
I enjoyed Winchester, because it encapsulates so many different moods. This view is the traditional, hugely majestic awe inspiring view of the Gothic masterpiece. Yet, at the heart is the modern and vibrant altar cloth, a rare splash of very modern colour, another example of how Winchester has embraced the new. From the Crypt, (with the Gormley statue in one of my previous shots) to the retroquire with the strange little praying skeleton Winchester seems to delight in the ancient and the modern.
If you have made it this far, congratulations, and thank you. But I suggest if you have chance you visit and experience the place for yourself. It is full of contradictions and strange juxtaposition.
Look forward to your comments.

Tags: Cross Architecture Winchester Cathedral Hdr Stained glass Altar Landscape and travel Tone mapping Aisle Photomatix plug-in

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16 Jul 2007 8:44PM
Great shot with wonderful detail. I like the symmetry and perspective, especially viewed large.

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rontear Plus
17 23 8 England
16 Jul 2007 9:37PM
Wonderful perspective, crisp and clear. An expert at work Jon. Ron.
Eviscera 13 1.1k 149 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 10:00PM
well jon , its bloody mesmerising , then i look ta your desription and realise that you must have been entwined with this place . wonderful engagement and photography,

dianah 13 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 10:01PM
A wonderfully symmetrical compsition..fabulous colour and lighting..I love this.
sparklep 13 146 1
16 Jul 2007 10:04PM
This is a stunning photo. One of the best.
redstag 14 100 15 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 10:11PM
These places are fascinating, and I intend to try and get around to many more of them. I have to be honest and say that with the weather as it is, these interiors provide great inspiration, and dryness!

Thanks for the comments.

Did I mention HDR and tone mapping, I should have but I reckon you all knew that any way! LOL.
VintageRed 14 15 1 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2007 11:17PM
Like the comp here with the cross particularly well placed. You could perhaps lose a smidgeon from the bottom but I'm just being picky. Like it.
Sezz 15 619 15 England
16 Jul 2007 11:26PM
I agree, there is some amazing architecture to be found Jon - our churches and Cathedrals contain so much history. I like the height in this one and the symmetry, some bright colour from the alter too. Nick maybe right about loosing a little from the bottom but a very pleasing image none the less!

Sarah *
SueWB 13 England
16 Jul 2007 11:34PM
Fabulous detail and lines - amazing!
Alison_S 14 339 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 8:01AM
Beautiful work......wonderful perspective and detail.

wyatturp 14 2 England
17 Jul 2007 8:02AM
Nice order in the picture , and the light and exposure just right-----click

redstag 14 100 15 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 8:47AM
Nick/searah, yes I played with the crop, but settled with this as I felt the extra floor helped to balance the height, it also places the top of the altar on the thirds, stickler for the rules that I am! LOL.
Thanks for all the comments.
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 12:59PM
This is absolutely brilliant, Jon.
Glynn Plus
14 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 4:05PM
Hi Jon,

You are going to have to write this HDR medtod up and put it in the technique section. You really are the master of this type of shot. Superb image Jon.

redstag 14 100 15 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 5:57PM
Thanks Glynn, you are very generous.

ann_g 15 19 United Kingdom
17 Jul 2007 6:28PM
Great image

Ann Smile
xinia 15 54
17 Jul 2007 11:33PM
brilliant take of it John - the sense of light is particularly wonderful - what a place Smile
jenquest 17 561 1 Tokelau
19 Jul 2007 7:44AM
A truly wonderful place. You've caught it very well in this image, showing the archtecture compressed like this. Excellent.
backbeat Plus
14 134 1 United Kingdom
19 Jul 2007 11:47AM
a really fine shot jon

phototime 13 8 United Kingdom
20 Jul 2007 8:39PM
Agree with everyone here what a wonderful image this is,there is some excellent light and superb detail the colours are wonderful,i like this very much.

21 Jul 2007 3:06PM
Its a cracking shot Red like love you point of view realy lets you see the grandness of the cathdrel.

Glostopcat 14 255 2 England
28 Jul 2007 9:12PM
An impressive image of the interior of this magnificent building
annefromleo 14 11 1 United Kingdom
30 Jul 2007 7:29AM
wow love the perspective and symmetry of this image, well done
conniemayw 15 100 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2008 9:11PM
very beautiful
Alan_Coles 14 178 11 Wales
8 Feb 2009 11:08AM
Stonking image and your pp is excellent.

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