Cathedral

Cathedral 

While in St Andrews, I managed to find a quiet-ish spot to eat my lunch. After I’d eaten, I turned around and was – not for the first time – captivated by the cathedral.

It was a beautifully sunny day with a few wispy clouds in a perfectly blue sky… But I decided to convert it to black and white.

If you want to see the coloured version, it’s on Flickr (link below).

Taken at St Andrews, Fife.

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Silhouette

Silhouette

Strong sunlight, interesting sky, dramatic structure… why wouldn’t I?

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Sometimes all of the ingredients line up nicely – aka right place, right time. It doesn’t have to be difficult.

Taken at St Andrews Cathedral

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St Andrews’ cathedral

St Andrews’ cathedral

As I wandered around the cathedral taking photos and looking for different angles, I was finding it difficult to avoid crowds of people. It was a beautiful sunny day, so it was a popular place.

Then, for some reason, the number of visitors dropped dramatically. So, I had every opportunity to make the most of the light and the atmosphere.

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I think this shot captures the atmosphere. While the cathedral is a ruin, it still has a mystical ambience for me. It’s one of my favourite places on the planet.

Taken at St Andrews’ cathedral.

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From the pier

From the pier

Walking along the pier is a Sunday tradition for students at St Andrews University. I remember walking along it on many occasions… but not on a Sunday! (Of course, my memory may be faulty.)

Anyway, it’s a great place to get a view of the cathedral and enjoy the sunshine. (In winter you can ‘enjoy’ the wind coming straight off the North Sea.)

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In this shot, I was captivated by the sunlight reflecting on the water in the harbour.

I pulled through the colour of the pier, to bring a tiny bit of warmth to the image.

Taken at St Andrews’ harbour.

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Ready-ish, aim a bit, fire

Ready-ish, aim a bit, fire

The title of this entry popped into my head when I spotted this cannon in the Hohensalzburg Festung (castle). It’s a phrase that I’ve heard Michael Bungay Stanier use (in a completely different context). To my untrained eye, it looked like the cannon was aimed straight at the cathedral. Perhaps, a bit more care was needed here!

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Photography doesn’t have to be serious all of the time. Leave room for some whimsy.

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Inside the cathedral

Inside the cathedral

The real beauty of Salzburg cathedral lies on the inside. The decoration is stunning. And the atmosphere is awesome.

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I didn’t want to use my tripod in a place of worship – and it was being used by worshippers – so all my shots were hand held. Given the low light, I had to use my 25mm prime lens to get a suitable aperture. This shot was taken at 1/60; f = 2.5, ISO = 320.

I’m pretty happy with it. But, frankly, I don’t think any photograph (or photographer) could do justice to the beauty of this place. Some things need to be experienced in person and in the moment.

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Framing the cathedral

Framing the cathedral

In yesterday’s entry, I mentioned that you could access Salzburg cathedral from several directions. Approaching from the university area, we came across this view with the archway providing a frame for the cathedral towers.

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Throughout our stay in Salzburg, tiered seating was being installed in front of the cathedral – presumably for an imminent event. The Domplatz was a construction site. So it wasn’t possible to get a photo of the full frontage. Nevertheless, I quite like this photo.

Maybe I’ll get the full shot next time we visit!

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Salzburger Dom

Salzburger Dom

During our visit, I became quite fond of the Salzburger Dom (Salzburg cathedral). It’s not the most elegant, extravagant or attractive building. But its location in the old town and its accessibility create a sense of it being the heartbeat of the city.

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This image was taken from the Festung Hohensalzburg (castle). One of the features of the cathedral is that it has open spaces on three sides. So, you can get different perspectives by wandering around it.

The processing here is another B&W conversion with a layer mask to pull through some of the colours and highlights.

(Other, similar images can be found on my Flickr site – if you’re interested.)