This is another view of the Córdoba Cathedral, also known as the Mezquita. This time, what you see is the Moorish part of the cathedral, it having spent a good part of its life as a mosque under the Moorish rulers. Of all the beautiful things I saw in Spain, the Mezquita ranks at the top of that long list, behind of course Juan JFS and Carlos Marin, as Craig has guessed :)
No tripods were allowed in the Mezquita, so I balanced the camera on my forehead :)
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macjake (45588) 2013-10-29 1:24
when you said "of all the beautiful things I saw in Spain....ranks the top of that long list"...i thought you were going to say Juan instead of Mezquita
Well I have to say, this is pretty swanky!
Not sure how to beat an indoor decor like this one!
just looking at it makes me feel rich, seeing it in person must be one of those 'wow' type of moments.
good shot overall, always hard to come out with a successful photo when they don't allow tripods, and the light is often terrible in these conditions.
at 1/10 shutter speed its pretty darn clear and sharp.
You're forehead must be HUGE!
olive224 (2583) 2013-10-29 1:47
Always difficult image to take these ones ....
You did very well, the golden tones are very well rendered and the symetry perfect
umutlu101 (12624) 2013-10-29 1:58
qu'elle belle intérieure
comme une mosquée
krzychu30 (12777) 2013-10-29 2:07
ohh,there´s much more than just perfect symmetry in this shot!
This is of course an important part of your shot,but I enjoy here also perfectly mastered exposure(details are excellently visible in best quality!).And finally your upward perspective-really like the balance between the dome and the wall.
Looks like You had magnificent trip to Europe this year.
Btw.looks like you set new standards in photography:)using your forehead instead of a tripod-visionary step forards:)Why I didn´t come up with when I couldn´t use tripod?
But seriously-the composition is fabulous!
Wish You all the best
SnapRJW (23724) 2013-10-29 2:09
Don't you just love the amalgamation of religious motifs in the decoration of some of the major religious buildings of the world Lisa? I remember being amazed by Aya Sophia in Istanbul where Islam and Christianity stood side-by-side.... if only in reality! This though documents a changing world order in Spain working in the opposite direction to the one in Turkey. Fascinating.
The richness of the decoration is beautiful and I can well believe that it must blow your socks off seeing it in the flesh! A challenging exposure for sure and not a bad result considering. Thank god for foreheads! Warm regards Rosemary
lousat (64295) 2013-10-29 2:23
Ciao Lisa,effettivamente si vedono perfettamente le influenze arabe sullo stile di questa cattedrale che è stata moschea per molto tempo,foto imprssionante quanto a qualita' dei dettagli ed un oro brillantissimo,non era facile,ma per te e' un gioco da ragazzi..ehehe...buona serata e complimenti,Luciano
ktanska (22712) 2013-10-29 4:47
Reminds me of Istanbul, for obvious reasons. Very rich golden toned decorations and fascinating symmetry. Sharp and steady shot for 1/10 s. Good balance of light, I could imagine light being much brighter on top near the windows than at the bottom.
(I'll be in Sydney third weekend of January.)
snunney (72796) 2013-10-29 5:02
The vision of you balancing a camera on your forehead really tickles my fancy:-) In any event, it worked perfectly. This is a superb presentation of this most beautifully decorated ceiling. Lovely golden tones and sharpness par excellence.
ikeharel (44125) 2013-10-29 5:05
Very creative tripod-substitue, Lisa, I'd place the camera on the floor and hope...
What a fine illumination over the stunning ceiling of the masquita, the place is enormous, can't take all in one shot. Yet a very beautiful one.
Best health to your mum.
Sergiom (45567) 2013-10-29 5:17
I hope that you don't smell to much like smoke meat with all the fire around the city and that everybody is fine. This picture is very well done.I must say that that cathedral is a superb subject. The symetrie is excellent as well as the lighting.
You should have used petomane as tripod, he is not only good to keep you warm at night.
Have a nice day
timecapturer (37200) 2013-10-29 5:24
amazing shot this. So much incredible detail and the golden light is just irresistible. So much to look at and captured so beautifully. Stunning!
Regards - Brian
Can I just say a big thank you to all who were concerned about us southern Englanders during the recent coming of St Jude (the storm). Despite being a bit scary with the wind howling around the house sounding like an approaching train; thankfully I survived as did the huge tree that sits outside my property. B.
cornejo (22590) 2013-10-29 5:32
Hi Lisa, very good and interesting photograph of these beautiful details of the decoration of the mosque of Cordoba, very well taken in this great picture with good sharpness, light and color. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
Highmountains (2251) 2013-10-29 5:35
Absolutely stunning - the ornate facade so very typical of Moorish architecture, and the exquisite details of artwork emphasising the craftsmanship of the people who laboured to build it ...
When we visited the place last year, we were not allowed to take any photographs and how I missed it. I could just take a shot of the entrance. I had posted it on TE.
The POV is perfect and the framework of the capture is truly symmetrical.
Thanks for sharing, Lisa.
Noel_Byrne (13436) 2013-10-29 6:12
Ah, natures tripod...the forehead. Nothing like a bit of innovation when it comes to shooting in places like and what a result you got for your effort! I know the word WOW has been used a but, but here is another one....WOW! The ostentatiousness (not a word I know, but i like it anyway)of this place is incredible and a real joy to see. The gold, the decoration, and lavish interior is amazing and looks like it could be a scene from an Indiana Jones movie. Love how you managed the hard light, and how you caught so much detail in the tracery of that very central window. I can see why this tops the list, stunning place and incredible photo.
Thanks as always and greetings from the soggy emerald isle.
dale54 (5745) 2013-10-29 7:19
lisa hello..man this is nice!!wonderful capture.the detail is purely stunning!! love it. dale
rogerl (1156) 2013-10-29 7:26
Lisa, there is incredible detail and sharpness in this shot, especially at ISO 2500 with a forehead tripod! I don't think my forehead is stable enough for that. The gold of course is the first thing you see, but there are so many interesting details; the cross braces in the dome particularly caught my eye - are they real, or trompe l'oeuil? The Moorish/Islam influence must look very odd in a Christian church. Beautifully done. Thanks.
abmdsudi (32529) 2013-10-29 8:26
A real symmetrical art and crafty shot under difficult light condition, credit to your study forehead Lisa! he he. Striking and dramatic indoor capture lovingly designed with its distinctive style of architecture, a part from the warm ambience, the clarity is very fine and the colors tone look so natural with impressive framing vertically and obviously the details are so enormous to take in. It' a superlative picture so well taken, a quality shot indeed. Congrats
ChrisJ (91292) 2013-10-29 8:39
Still need to get into my Cordoba shots. I went nuts in there and took dozens of shots and a few of them are not bad at all. Good upward pov and I hope you did not get neck strain from looking up a lot like me! The golden light is nice here. Excellent sharpness and framing. Tfs!
Romano46 (11607) 2013-10-29 12:20
non ti ferma nemmeno il diavolo quando decidi di riprendere un soggetto che ti piace!
Ben 2500 ISO ed 1/10 di secondo (scontato che era senza cavalletto) sono un risultato straordinario considerando che il risultato non è perfetto, ma pur sempre un buon risultato nel quale i particolari sono ben leggibili.
Merito anche della tua bravura in postproduzione.
Ma tutto ciò sta a signifare che nessun ostacolo riesce a fermarti e ogni tua ripresa è sinonimo di risultato sicuro sia che in splenda il sole o che ci sia una sola fiammella di luce.
Un caro saluto.
marabu61 (5879) 2013-10-29 12:33
The mezquita is an amazing building indeed and the moorish detail here is really gorgeous.
I found the light conditions in the building rather difficult at the time, so chapeau to your perfect exposure on this one.
have a great day
ourania (18738) 2013-10-29 13:31
Hello dear Lisa,
the art and the way you captured it are fantastic. I love the way the architectural patterns and the decorative details unfold, extend and multiply before our dazzled eyes. You did your best to compose this picture, balance your camera and deal with the demanding lighting. There's an exquisite play of symmetries, patterns and light. The viewer feels wrapped in this marvellous golden warmth. Exceptional work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
sabermonajati (8317) 2013-10-29 13:33
illustrated architecture with amazing design you captured.
siudzi (27779) 2013-10-29 13:58
No doubt that this place can be at the top of your list! True beauty with its unique design and outstanding scope of decorations. Additionally, the yellow-golden tonality makes it so eye-catching! Love it! Perfectly taken and executed image with 1/10 shutter speed. Spectacular work! Bravo! TFS
williewhistler (9887) 2013-10-29 15:52
balancing a camera on your head,now that`s a technique that I shall have to practise,if it produces images as sharp and clear as this,it`s just fabulous.
The exposure is really well handled with gorgeous details and lovely colours throughout the frame without a hint of noise anywhere.
High class photography.Love it.
Kindest wishes Les.
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-10-29 16:30
hello there down under girl!!
a genius shot, great angle, fantastic light and a very representative image of the marvelous architecture of the Cathedral...Córdoba offers beauty in all aspects!! thanks for sharing your beautiful work, all the best to you Lisa
carlo62 (19513) 2013-10-29 16:32
a quanto vedo puoi fare benissimo a meno del treppiede, il risultato resta comunque una garanzia di successo.
Ottime simmetrie nelle figure geometriche dal sapore arabo e dorate come le icone russe.
Uno dei tuoi tanti bei colpi.
jcpix (6640) 2013-10-29 17:01
Gidday dear Lisa,
You must be a big hit at picnics, doubling as a table...I mean, if you can balance a camera this well on your forehead, then I'm sure you can hold up a few extra condiment bottles when needed! :)
A remarkable result though, impressive is an understatement for having to take this without a tripod. The detail looks well focused and sharp. Loving these golden tones and rich colors...this would make Donald Trump jealous! So many neat little facets to this interior and the composition plays to the strength of its design. Very well done, no doubt. Enjoy the rest of your day. Take it easy.
photoray (6700) 2013-10-29 17:11
Ciao Lisa Gherardini Del Giocondo,
Excellent vertical view of the exquisite Cordoba Cathedral, very impressive Moorish architecture and art permeating every inch, and all in golden hues.
I usually prefer Nature's temples, but this one is worthy competition.
And using your head for a substitute tripod sounds intriguing, and a scene I have never envisioned....
jjcordier (67332) 2013-10-29 23:42
Très bonne photo intérieure de cette superbe cathédrale de Cordoba.
fabbs99 (11218) 2013-10-30 23:48
Namaste dear ! Very nice picture of this ceiling of the cathedral .Fascinating composition with great exposure, splendid light and wonderful warm colors.Good sharpness and excellent pov.Very well done .TFS.
mirosu (8216) 2013-10-31 1:08
Another outstanding view up photo with superb details. I still do not understand how people managed to create such beauty. I do not think that present generations can create something similar to this.
You have captured it in superb light. The symmetrical vertical arrangement is perfect. Well done.
Angshu (52956) 2013-10-31 5:42
Hello dear Lisa
Super Incredible details! 1/10 of a second on a vertical frame...you have nerves of steel (discounting the huge forehead:-). The Moorish influence is clear in the dome & on the arch above the gate.
Brilliant work! My deepest respects
jemaflor (74128) 2013-11-01 1:13
Well taken with this wide angle, impressive interior with these golden decorations, perfect sharpness, tfs.
Gigidusud (10314) 2013-11-01 1:52
Ciao cara Lisa,
Una grande cattura di questa bella architettura con una bella simmetria e bellissimi dettagli. Complimenti!
La guagliona :)
mkamionka (27115) 2013-11-01 9:35
this is so beautiful!
I remember being impressed by the interior but I think your photos show it much more interesting than it actually was. It is a jaw dropping picture. Great exposition here we can admire all the fantastic details. There are no words I could think off to give it a justice just watch it with open mouth in silence.
Have a great weekend,
tyro (15729) 2013-11-02 19:16
Ciao carissima Lisa,
I must apologise for not having been too active on TE of late - firstly a TE meet in the Scottish Borders (from which you will perhaps have seen some wonderful photographs from some other TE members) - and then a trip to south Wales to see my newest grandson (of whom I shall try to send you some pictures later). Just back home today but all that is really no excuse, dear Lisa.
I love your note: not only about the history of this wonderful place but also about your camera steadying skills. Had I been there, I am sure I could have helped you out as my skull and its interior is almost certainly composed of concrete and would have given you an excellent and stable support for your camera. Actually, the bit of the brain behind the forehead (the frontal lobe) governs social skills and, as most TE'ers (myself particularly) are lacking in those qualities, it would do few of them no harm whatsoever to screw in a solid camera mount by way of, say, a 10mm tapered self-tapping bolt.
Anyway, Lisa, I love this picture! Solid forehead or not, you have captured this one superbly. I'm guessing that you took this at the widest end of your 24-105mm lens: perhaps your 17-40mm wasn't available but I don't think that it mattered here at all: the symmetrical composition is delightful, the light and colours are superb, your exposure is bang-on and the details and sharpness are exquisite.
rigoletto (32770) 2013-11-03 5:55
alhambra and cordoba, two epitomes of islamic architecture in spain. with excellent details you gave the magnificence of the place. really eye catching. i enjoyed a lot reading the jokes going around your forehead :)
adores (30855) 2013-11-08 14:46
I've never been inside, but the decoration is amazing. Good pov, you managed light very well without the tripod!