This is St. Stephen’s Cathedral (Cathédrale Saint-Étienne) in Metz. It is the principal church of the diocese of Metz and the seat of the bishop of Metz. The cathedral was built from 1220 to 1520 by joining together two older churches. It is situated on the Place d'Armes in the center of the city. With a height of 41 meters its nave is the third highest in France after the Beauvais and Amiens Cathedrals. It has got beautiful stained glass windows and the area of the stained glass is 6,500 m2.
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carper (96) 2010-03-05 23:34
very nice photo Ulf,
the light is fine and I like the contrast with the church and the blue sky, very good photo job,have a good weekend
bukitgolfb301 (37524) 2010-03-06 0:46
Hello my dear Ulf
Great shot indeed. Supper technique from nice angle!!!
Framework, composition, color coordinationand sharp focusing in the details are perfect as usual.
Congratulation on your nice job!
Thanks for your sharing, have a nice weekend!
angie-barcelona (2784) 2010-03-06 7:03
ohhh... very nice POV! Two years ago I visited this place, it's really a nice village!
saxo042 (37602) 2010-03-06 8:04
A very fine POV, you have indeed captured meny fine details in this picture, which is also very well composed. We have passed Metz many times, but I didn´t really know that there were interesting sights here too... Just another city in the industrial area of northern France on our way to Languedoc-Roussillon. But TE is for learning about the world!
romanaa (7982) 2010-03-06 12:14
this is one of the best photos I have seen from you so far. Great colours and very special POV that makes me feel like standing in front of the church turning my head up.
holmertz (44420) 2010-03-07 2:23
This is a fine and well known cathedral, which was one of those we had to learn about when I studied art history looong ago. You have captured it in a very good light, and I like the low POV where the building and the little towers point toward the sky. I guess people in the middle ages who saw the church from this angle understood its connection with God.
fanni (14381) 2010-03-07 9:40
in so many ways this photo reminded me of my own shot of Stockholm's "Aurora" restaurant which you commented on a while ago! :) I mean the angle of shooting the photo, the point of view which makes the image impressive, spectacular: I guess a great part in this is played by the sky! how much of the sky we include in suchlike photos.
I find the POV just perfect for this shot! Vertical lines of the Cathedral stream up into the sky and, along with the clouds, create a feeling of dynamism :)
pablominto (53746) 2010-03-07 23:20
I notice the excellent details in the architecture!
The point of view works well and creates dramatic lines for the composition, giving the impression the structure really is stretching for the sky...
Well framed, an elegant composition and a pleasant colour palette!
rodgerg (55767) 2010-03-08 4:09
Very original and too very efficience POV and framing. The yellow color of the cathedral aise very well in the blue of the sky. Details of the architecur very well colected. Beautiful and interesting shot.
have a good week,
Longroute (19396) 2010-03-11 2:14
A very good photo Ulf,
the architecure details are superb and you framed it in a very good way. There is a wonderful light and the chromatic contrast between the golden church and the blue sky is so appealing. Also the clarity is excellent, really a high class photo.
danos (89887) 2010-03-18 5:47
nice the perspective of St. Stephen’s Cathedral with its yellow paint to contrast perfect with the blue of the sky.I like the POV with the brilliant light of the day to make the scene very effective.
Have a nice afternoon,Danos
Ricx (13495) 2010-04-01 3:06
Hi Ulfe, a superb close up and shot of this Cathederal. Iam amazed at the fine detail in the stone work.. Well framed against the Blue Sky. Have a great Easter Ricx
sacimar (26201) 2010-04-02 3:54
I like the angle you chose here, the details are excellent and the visual effect is beautiful, good job my friend,
Have a great weekend!
Jakab (3867) 2010-04-17 16:16
when photographing a masterpiece of Gothic architecture its is always a difficult problem how to make perceptible its complexity. Knowing the fact that the primary effort of Gothic architects was to show the power of God by means of high walls and frightening dimensions, forcing the viewer to look upwards, this approach seems to be more appropriate than those showing the structure of the building from a longer distance. Additional (and important) advantage: we can see here the very interesting details.
npecanhuk (69500) 2010-05-20 19:55
Very attractive architectural details!
Very interesting and beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, low pov, dof, colors, large format and composition are all excellent here!
TFS - congratulations!
mauro61 (52631) 2010-05-23 3:13
splendido il POV dal basso che fa risaltare la meravigliosa architettura.
Mi piace il contrasto con l'azzurro del cielo e l'ottima gestione della luce,