June 23, 2011

York Minster

Digital original, 21 frame exposure blend, 3 frame stitch
While my Symmetry in Stone Exhibition focused on Gothic Architecture, I am by no means done the project; to date I may have photographed 14 or so of the dozens and dozens of religious gothic buildings in the UK. Without a doubt, the most obvious building missing was York Minster; having lived in York briefly as a child, I have a strong emotional connection to the building - and it is one of the most majestic gothic buildings in all of Europe.
Digital original, 18 frame exposure blend, 3 frame stitch
My favorite image from this day is the above photograph of the Chapter House ceiling; there is no way to convey how stunning the room is in real life, but the photograph captures some of the energy and majesty of this elegant ceiling
Digital original, 23 frame exposure blend, 2 frame stitch
York Minster is one of the few cathedrals in the UK to have a Lantern Tower (with windows that light the crossing below); the frustration of making this image was that nothing lined up; The centre of the choir screen was off centre to the organ, the organ was off centre to the arch above, the centre of the tower was off centre to everything...in the end, I just gave up on "perfection" and tried to make an image that looked good.
Digital original
On my last walk through the Minster, I caught sight of the wonderful detain on a door - one of the few long-lens images I made in the entire day.

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