One of the highlights of my tour of Spain was visiting the ancient city of Córdoba in the country's south-west. One of Córdoba's many attractions is the Mezquita, the Cathedral of Córdoba.
It began life in the year 600 as a Christian church dedicated to St Vincent under the Visigoths. It later became a mediaeval Islamic mosque and was later converted to a Catholic cathedral when the Moors were ousted from rule. At one stage, the church was divided and both Muslims and Christians worshipped here. Now it is exclusively Christian, although many Muslims visit here to pay their respects. The cathedral is one of the most beautiful I've ever seen, combining the best of Moorish, Romanesque and Gothic architecture.
Canon 5D MkII
17mm using 17-40mm lens
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Noel_Byrne (13284) 2013-10-15 4:55
That is staggering symmetry, and such beautiful fine detail in the stone and plasterwork here. My eye is almost sucked from its socket peering up into this scene and deep inside the dome. You handled what looks like incredibly difficult light here so well too, and it creates an almost heavenly atmosphere to your shot. The colors of the building compliment this bright light very nicely.
And I love your title too, The Symmetries of Córdoba summons up images of some ancient religious quest or fable. Love it!
All the best
rigoletto (32752) 2013-10-15 5:10
and some still say that globalization is a recent issue... :)
your photo shows very nicely the incredible beauty of this famous cathedral. a proof that beauty is univeral, regardless of time, nations and religions.
lousat (64101) 2013-10-15 5:57
Ciao Lisa,davvero stupenda,che simmetria e che prospettiva avvolgente,quasi piu' bella della Sagrada Familia,qualita' al top dei dettagli e colori,esposione superlativa!! Buonanotte,Luciano
tyro (15693) 2013-10-15 7:57
Ciao cara Lisa,
A very interesting note and a stunningly beautiful photograph with which to illustrate it!
Of course, your subject is stunningly beautiful too but you have captured the magnificence of this place perfectly. The light, colours, exposure and symmetrical composition are all perfect and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
I wonder just how much more you could have squeezed into this picture if you'd had an even wider lens? I see that Silvio often uses a 14mm lens on his full-frame Nikon. Have you ever thought of anything wider than your 17-40mm? Sigma make a 12-24mm lens for full-frame bodies but I think its image quality is questionable. The Sigma 8-16mm lens for cropped-sensor bodies is supposed to be excellent in comparison and we know that Craig uses one of those an awful lot.
williewhistler (9829) 2013-10-15 7:59
Hello Lisa,it`s not only the symmetry but also the colour tones and the fine detail that make this such an attractive shot,looking at all those windows and light sources you could easily have lost some of the details,however this is a lovely portrayal of a stunning location in a well considered composition.
Kindest wishes Les.
timecapturer (37028) 2013-10-15 8:29
WoW! That is a ceiling and a half. So amazingly sharp and detailed, you have captured its intricacies and magnificence perfectly. Awesome image!
Regards - Brian.
dkmurphys (42449) 2013-10-15 8:44
Just the other day someone told me to visit Andalusia for a shock in my architecture attraction. I see he was right, you've captured quite an impressive piece. Well done, enjoy a good day.
Romano46 (11425) 2013-10-15 10:40
è incredibile quello che riesce a fare la tua macchina fotografica a 2000 ISO e perdipiù operando a mano libero.
Io con la mia ho scattato nell'interno delle chiese di Roma delle foto a 400 ISO che purtroppo sono imguardabili per l'eccesso di rumore digitale, per cui per quanto belle per soggetto e inquadratura sono improponibili.
Quandro, a breve, come programmato da tempo, mi comprerò una buona reflex, tornerò negli stessi luoghi e le proporrò.
Per ora non posso fare altro che complimentarmi con te per questa esemplare ripresa di un interno, bella nella composizione e assai gradevole anche per l'accostamento dei colori.
P.S. per le coordinate che mi hai ti ho risposto nel forum ed ho fatto seguire anche un messaggio privato.
Silvio1953 (105427) 2013-10-15 10:41
Ciao Lisa, gran POV su una fantastica architettura, splendida nitidezza, magnifica luce, ottimi dettagli e piacevole simmetria, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
siudzi (27701) 2013-10-15 11:10
The Cathedral of Córdoba is one these places I want to visit asap so, I am incredibly happy to see such an unique and beautiful capture of this indoor in your gallery. Perfectly executed presentation based on the symmetrical composition with marvelous level of details. Love it! Very well done.
macjake (45588) 2013-10-15 11:57
In my last post i commented about Vancouver's history, dating back to 1867...here you talk about the history from the year 600!
Makes Vancouver look pretty silly doesn't it!
Its no wonder Europeans love Europe :)
So did you twist your neck or back to get this one?
Personally, I find these SO hard to capture bc I 'need' to get the lines all correct but i take so much time Tosca just leaves me lol!!
cool shot, how can anyone not like it.
Love that false sense of movement or drag, pulling us up into the ceiling, very cool.
good sharpness too.
hopefully going to book Cuba today or tomorrow for Dec, and we've decided on Italy/Greece for May/June. Just need to book it.
carlo62 (19357) 2013-10-15 14:32
spero che le meraviglie di Cordoba rientrino al più presto tra i luoghi che ho visitato, al momento mi accontento della bella foto che ci mostri.
Bellissimi dettagli in una composizione millimetrica e simmetrica, con un'ottima esposizione.
ChrisJ (91238) 2013-10-15 18:00
Ciao cara Lisa,
I've been there just a few weeks before you in mid August. I really must upload some of the shots I took in there to TE one of these days. Good upward pov and the 17mm lens looks even more wide angled than my 18 mm lens. I wouldn't have thought that 1 mm would make that much difference. But it does. Good sharpness and diffused interior light. Tfs!
fabbs99 (11066) 2013-10-15 22:11
Namaste ! Great designs on the ceiling of the church.The colors are deep and the details are excellently expressed. Excellent composition with some lovely colors coupled with nice light management and presentation. Very well done, TFS.
jjcordier (67186) 2013-10-15 22:45
Très belle photo de l'intérieur de cette cathédrale montrant bien les différentes influences architecturales. Ce mélange de styles est vraiment surprenant.
ifege (9899) 2013-10-15 22:50
Hi Lisa - a fascinating but bizarre cathedral right in the middle of the mosque. I had trouble accepting that but this photo is a great one with little glimpses of the mosque arches on each side.
SnapRJW (23576) 2013-10-15 23:03
Hello Lisa - The superfine detail and lightness of your touch impresses me here. The beautifully detailed decorative work is well lit and you have managed your exposure well, I see no signs of grain at all.... what's your secret? Delicate symmetry and a breathtaking subject. Have a sunny day, warm regards Rosemary
Sergiom (45348) 2013-10-16 5:43
You travelled a lot during your last trip in Europe. You made a very good choice to stop in Cordoba to look at the Maure heritage all over the city. I like this ceiling a lot and the symetrie is perfect.
Have a nice day
mkamionka (27065) 2013-10-16 6:07
I had the pleasure to visit this beautiful sturcture. I am not very happy with my photos though. I think I just put one on TE but from outside.
I like your composition here: it well presents the outstanding beauty of this church with the characteristic arches appearing on the bottom. I started to wonder if I have actually looked up while walking there... I have to check my old photos.
Very impressive decorations. Nice frontal symmetry.
photoray (6644) 2013-10-16 7:52
Your excellent image reminds me to never forget to look up. A great masterpiece of art, architecture and culture blended into your vision.
I agree with John Muir's philosophy that man's temples are not as great as Nature's, but then Cordoba Cathedral is tough competition.
Keep up the good works,
and have fun,
marabu61 (5863) 2013-10-16 12:03
Oh yes, I remember the Mezquita in Cordoba very well. The way the cathedral is built bang in the middle of the mosque is very intriguing. But walking along those hundreds of arcs is such a meditating experience.
This is a very impressive view on the cathedral roof with just a glimpse of the moorish arcs to be seen to the side. Remembering the difficult light conditions inside the Mezquita, I wonder how you achived this stunning result.
have a great day
mirosu (8086) 2013-10-16 23:35
I just came back from my Kerala trip, it was excellent. I've already started post photos from this trip.
I like very much this symmetrical view up. Very well exposed, excellent focusing, nice details. I visited this cathedral many, many years back. Well done.
krzychu30 (12619) 2013-10-17 1:04
symmetry is perfect!But I´m stunned by the beauty of this interior and all these ornaments and decorations(amazing what people were able to build ages ago).
And finally your upward perspective-it creates really eye-catching visual effect(I don´t know how tall the Cathedral really is,but here in this perspective it looks very high)
Wish You all the best
abmdsudi (32471) 2013-10-17 5:26
A stunning low view point perhaps it is how a frog sees the interior world or simply frog's perspective! You have done a great job of retaining mass of minute details throughout the picture with superb control of exposure in lovely natural colourd, great sharpness and bits of vivid colours to draw attention. A mouth watering low light capture shot to be proud off ! Congrats
emka (64134) 2013-10-17 16:58
Ciao cara Lisa, Fantastic symmetry of the ceiling in Cordoba. Excellent presentation. Perfect cut.
You would be very proud seeing me carrying the tripod everywhere with me now. And sometimes it is forbidden to carry in the museum so I have to leave it. It is such a fun to use and I always think about you and Craig.
IBAlex (0) 2013-10-17 17:11
Great picture! This is a test.
tatadalou (3975) 2013-10-19 10:30
In your shot, you show well the different styles that influenced the architecture of this cathedral. I really like this kind of points of view for religious monuments, that underlines their grandeur. Beautiful light and sharpness.
gus72 (3390) 2013-10-19 16:47
Ciao Bambina !!
knowing how dark these churches can be I was surprised to see such a clear image..... so I looked at the photo technical settings ..... it all makes sense.
Congratulations for managing the difficulties so well.The photo is stunning.
Un abrazo con cariño.
ikeharel (43953) 2013-10-27 2:23
Fantastic clear details of the high archs and art elements carved and depicted on. This part of the masquita had preserved the christiane-era decorations ands style, in contrast to the Moorish architectures on the other parts.
Outside light well handled.
Have a nice week ahead,
bayno (18334) 2013-10-28 4:57
Ciao Lisa...un titolo che parla da solo...la simmetria è ben fatta e le volte di questa chiesa sono fantastiche...hai ben espoto la tua camera nelle difficili condizioni di luce ottenendo dei dettagli puliti e senza traccia di rumore....
ps per la mia foto degli alberi ero proprio sdraiato sulle foglie secche ;)
Gigidusud (10158) 2013-11-01 1:58
Ciao cara Lisa,
Un'altra bellissima cattura di questa famosa Cattedrale con una grande profondità, splendida simetria e bella nitidezza. You're the best!
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-11-03 20:52
Dear Lisa, definitely a great highlight of a trip to Spain!! the amazing Cathedral of Córdoba is a must see attraction..
a magnificent take of the interior with great panoramic angle, fantastic note!!
your work is always professional and beautifully presented!!
I would like to thank you for visiting e and for your kind comments!!
I really appreciate that!
a big hug to you and to you know who else....