To explain the title of the photo, its rather simple.
A famous Cuban writer Alejo Carpentier elegantly described this Roman Catholic Cathedral as Music Set in Stone. I couldn't agree more.
Its pretty obvious from the perspectives that I used my extreme wide angle lens to get this shot, some TE members don't like it, some do...me, I love it. Its a simple way to make the usual straight-on-looking photo a bit more unique.
Funny thing is, if you want to see the usual straight forward photo, take a look in the WS.
I wanted to post this photo now because its the same building you see in my previous post with the cigar man.
Hope you like it
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Noel_Byrne (33054) 2014-01-28 0:48
Thanks for the workshop, its nice to see both versions side by side and the difference this type of lens can do to a shot. It sure does make the scene more interesting and unusual, but I actually quite like both versions! I can understand the words to describe this place too, its sweeping curved façade is beautiful, a work of art. It looks quite ancient too, almost like a cross between ancient stone carved city of Petra and the Baroque cathedrals of Europe. I would never have thought to imagine that combination, but here it is, and its wonderful.
Really like that the two bell towers are different too, a surprising move from symmetry that works really nicely. The sky is a wonderful canvass too.
All the best
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-01-28 1:36
Love it!Wide-angle lens,the persopective and finally the mood you were able to convey.I bet this title you could also use to many other pictures from Havana streets,which have the same charm and beauty.
Beautiful and very atmospheric composition!
Have a nice day
Sergiom (85999) 2014-01-28 3:37
C'est certainement la seule lentille et le seul angle qui permette de faire entrer cette cathédrale en entier dans le cadre. J'aime les déformations crées par l'angle et le très beau ciel cubain en arrière plan.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-01-28 4:14
you are clicking some nice cuban shots.love the flavor here with a nice angle and pov.love the wide frame.
snunney (104717) 2014-01-28 4:22
The distortion is a little extreme for my taste but, hey, chacun a son gout! I certainly like the point of view and the animated atmosphere; the little dog is my favourite:-) The image is agreeably lit and has good colours and sharpness.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-28 4:41
what a wonderful expression and Yep! I get it from this beautiful image too! Next to photography music is my next passion and you know how much I like to link the two on here, especially in the last few posts. As usual the super w/a lens has worked wonders here, making this setting and atmosphere so palpable. Uplifting and inspiring words and imagery!
Thanks for your comments on my B&W Castle image today. I have so many shots of Arundel that I could post so many views, so expect to see a few more. B.
InasiaJones (31566) 2014-01-28 5:52
Hola señor Macintosh,
That wide angle is put to good use in this image, where distortion is à-propos and relevant. The result looks actually captivating and professional and I don't understand why people wouldn't like it...? These lens have been invented to achieve this effect, and that kind of photography is all over in the most prestigious magazines.
The inclusion of the colourful church goers is a bonus for sure, adding a layer of interest. Most of the scene is well lit, with strong contrasts that creates a lot of impact.
Your sky is slightly too yellow in the blue part, and even if you have used a polarizer, it shouldn't lead to that tint. It's not too dark, but simply contains a 14% of yellow overdose... I'm nit picking here... because I really like the job you've done on this attractive image... :-p))
Well done Gringo!
Fis2 (103914) 2014-01-28 5:53
Strong inclination, this lens is impressive.
I know, myself I'd straightened ;)
i like belfry.
Beautiful sky add savor of photo.
Have a nice day
rigoletto (34279) 2014-01-28 7:25
hi craig. i like the way your UWA lens distorts the cathedral, now it looks like a long symphony set in stone :) the figures on the left look like some indian people in their colorful sari, adding more interest to the mainly duochromic image. the tiny dog looks like a dachshund, but could well be a distorted st benard :)
mesutilgim (96730) 2014-01-28 12:13
What a nice capture from Havana !
Perfect layout and a pictoruesque sky crowning the scenery.
TFS and best regards
carlo62 (53252) 2014-01-28 15:35
a me questa foto piace e piace molto, l'architettura è molto bella e interessante, mi piacciono le donne in abiti colorati che attraversano la piazza assolata e mi piace il cielo con quelle belle nuvole.
PaulVDV (31173) 2014-01-28 19:13
To be honest, I still have some doubts about the strong distortions.
But you really have captured here an important part of that wonderfully square of the cathedral with also the top of the towers on the picture.
I'm very impressed by the architecture.
Also by the colourful clothing of the people on the square. Was this a holiday? Or were there celebrations going on?
Personally, I like this blue of the sky as a very nice background.
Best regards, Paul
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-28 22:43
Ton très grand angle déforme de façon étonnante cette église (et te permet de tout faire rentrer dans le cadre). J'aime le ciel et la luminosité particulière... et les femmes qui semblent lancer leur grande jambe en avant.
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-01-28 23:39
Amazing shot of the cathedral from wide angle.Nice colors and lights on the attractive building from Havana.Very well done,TFS.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2014-01-29 1:25
wow beautiful composition here. Love the effect of lower POV. Those architectural buildings are looking superb, and you leave some space in front of it to enjoy the view. Nice one. Tfs.
claudeD (40856) 2014-01-29 3:45
very fine picture from Cuba showing this interesting Cathedral. Very good wide angle shot with very good clarity and sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
mkamionka (39531) 2014-01-29 8:42
beautiful architecture. I remember someone has showed this cathedral recently. I remember those towers being different. You are right it is hard to decide about the angle -distortion is sometimes unavoidable so which one to choose? This one seems much more interesting. You got also very attractive sky which nicely complements the architecture. Plus people in colorful clothes.
Graal (103038) 2014-01-29 11:29
fine effect of wide angle lens. Nice facade of cathedral. Also I like the bell tower. Interesting Cuba' series. Well photo-work.
Have a nice evening.
ktanska (28729) 2014-01-29 11:54
Very impressive square and the cathedral. Can't hear the music though. But that's just me, less into classical music. Hard to argue when you say that you love this distortion effect. Straight forward angle is no doubt less interesting than this one. And vertical lines corrected to parallels would look completely fake when a starting point is such an extreme wide view. But I did dare to suggest a compromise in the Workshop.
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-01-29 16:18
A unique take on this oft photographed square in Havana. You picked a good spot to stand to enhance the effect of your extreme wide angle lens - by standing off to the far right of the square, the converging lines of the distorted architecture lead squarely to the heart of the cathedral.
Nicou (148458) 2014-01-30 1:20
Le petit chien et les deux dame sur cette place avec un jeu d'ombres et lumirèes sueprbe quelle architecture et compo quel finesse fantastique.
Bravo et belle journée
emka (104210) 2014-01-30 3:11
hello craig, As for me, distortion is too big and this one tower looks so much bigger, it changes the reality. So I am rather more traditional and prefer the standard view in Workshop. I like here the colourful dresses of women, it would be nice to see them more close. And this little dog, of course :). Wonderful colonial architecture, like in other countries of Latin America. great title, good expression that can be used in other places as well. I wonder what music would be related with gothic cathedrals, maybe fuga?
Warm regrads MAlgo
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-01-30 12:11
well done for this stunning photo! The architecture is absolutely amazing and taking picture of it from this POV was a great idea. It made the otherwise static surroundings more dynamic and interesting. The sky finishes off the image beautifully with its nice color and tiny clouds scattered about it.
Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening
delpeoples (59430) 2014-01-31 3:22
Love the exaggerated bokeh effect on this one, you've really had a lot of fun with your wide angle lens. And this photo is an excellent addition to your previous photo, giving us a great sense of context. The cathedral is really beautiful and impressive, both up close (as in your previous photo) and in the wide angle.
Well done, yay it's Beer o'clock here!@
mirosu (16273) 2014-01-31 4:01
Nice photo from famous Cathedral de San Cristobal de la Habana. The cathedral is in superb light, and the contrast against blue sky is excellent. Sometime ago I've posted here two photos from this nice place in Cuba. Did you try to straighten the photo?
Wish you a very nice weekend.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-31 9:34
gran bel reportage sulla capitale cubana.
Il tuo fido grandangolo ha fatto un ottimo lavoro e ci ha mostrato un aspetto autentico della città nei suoi aspetti ambientali e in quelli più particolari della popolazione che trascorre la sua vita nelle sue strade e nelle sue case.
Una bella serie di foto che non sono cartoline ma uno spicchio di autenticità.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-02-03 3:59
I have no problem with the effects of your very wide angle Craig it presents the beautiful old church in a dynamic and eye-catching way and works perfectly with the strong contrasts of light and rich colour. A super shot. Warm regards Rosemary
Cricri (123740) 2014-02-06 10:06
Le grand angle donne de l'originalité, l'architecture est très belle, tout comme le ciel , la lumière et la dame habillée de couleurs, intéressante note, belle réalisation
pierrefonds (69777) 2014-02-07 18:33
I visited that cathedral a few years ago. The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The point of view is showing the details and the colours of the architecture of the cathedral. The quality of the light is embellishing the colours. Have a nice day.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (71053)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-12-07
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-28 0:39