Once again we are at the Mezquita, the Cathedral of Cordoba, which was without doubt my favourite place in all of Spain (so far).
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.
As tripods are banned inside the Mezquita, my trusty forehead was once again used as a tripod.
Canon 5D MkII
17mm using 17-40mm lens
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macjake (52232) 2014-01-15 19:07
ah....this is THE BEST tripod forehead photo i've ever seen lol
if the forehead works this good, i may have to return my new tripod I received from Santa! (tosca wouldn't be too happy about that)
my favorite part of this photo have to be the wicked cool looking Blue colors, and the perspective lines.
awesome detail all around, bravo.
Good to see you using TE as a positive distraction.
abmdsudi (39696) 2014-01-15 19:18
Amazing how they built such vault ceiling that have a great place in history! A picture full of impact, imagine someone who don't used to be able to get perspective right, you have amazing symmetry here. You were either lying flat on the ground or came home with a crick in your neck, hehe! Superb work, simply jaw dropping shot and a deep richness to this shot so delicately composed and exposed. Fabulous and tks to you useful narratives, Congrats :)
dkmurphys (46356) 2014-01-15 21:53
Truly impressive! The interior is amazing and your image captures perfectly the greatness of this work of art. Well taken.
jjcordier (73330) 2014-01-15 23:33
Très bon cadrage du plafond de la mosquée de Cordoue donnant une image intéressante et graphique.
Royaldevon (26629) 2014-01-15 23:49
Ciao Cara Lisa,
A tripod with two legs ... that's new and, from the results, works a treat!
The image you have shown does explain your enthusiasm! This artwork is stunning and I love how you have been able to use the silvery-blue supports to make a symmetrical frame into which the decoration creates a lovely pattern.
My only suggestion would be to add more tonal depth to the l/h quarter. I have done a w/s to explain what I mean which I hope you will like.
Have a great day,
emka (73379) 2014-01-15 23:54
Ciao Lisa, What a good tripod you had here. Could I also use it? :). fantastic symmetries, I like making such shots in all mosques in Istanbul. But there I could like on a soft carpet. Amazing that the pattern up and down is so different. Perfect view. I will use this idea in May. (What can I do?? I have already tickets for three trips, these feet... )
Warmest regards Malgo
MGHPARSI (759) 2014-01-16 0:27
Excellent Capture and angle of Shot.
Noel_Byrne (20860) 2014-01-16 0:37
I can see why this would be your favorite place, it is incredible. The mix of styles here is something I never ever see in real life, and to view them in your composition like this is a major treat. Your view here is amazing too, it makes me feel slightly dizzy, but not in a way that doesnt make me stop and admire this incredible design.
You have handled the light in this in a superb way too, the way it floods in from the left would make this a very difficult pic for me, as I would completely blow out the left hand side, while the right would be in total darkness, but you have gotten the perfect mixture of both. A stunning view.
Thanks for sharing this amazing place and shot!
P.S. Not sure if you seen it, but I replied to your message about my weird post from Noeleena :) Trekearth cut off 90% of the post that I did and only posted the weird part, so no creepiness intended with that comment! Its not the first time its happened, and its ALWAYS when I start a post with something weird! Happy Thursday.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-16 1:22
Good impromptu use of your forehead as a tripod to capture this marvelous photo. Great effect of height captured over here. Wonderful artwork and carvings all over the frame.
My thoughts wonder to the geniuses who have built this. Wow! I am just looking at every nook and corner of this frame and being amazed. I think you had an aching neck after taking this shot, but that has been well compensated by the splendid output.
Thanks for sharing.
lousat (72425) 2014-01-16 1:27
Ciao Lisa,semplicemente maestosa! Che cattura perfetta,simmetria calibrata al millimetro e dettagli fantastici,c'e' poco da commentare,una big and long standing ovation to you!! Buona serata,Luciano
vjmite (3704) 2014-01-16 2:20
A wonderfully sharp and symmetrical image. The decoration in this cathedral is impressive. And where else can you see a mosque and a cathedral in the one spot? You must have a steady forehead, given the sharpness of the photo. In these situations I place the camera on the floor, or on a pew, and set the timer to take the photo after I've moved my head out of the shot.
timecapturer (45289) 2014-01-16 4:10
intriguing title and all I can say is it worked a treat, because this is a stunning shot with amazing clarity and such beautiful intricate detail. You must be pleased with the way this has worked and all I can say is thanks for the tip, must try it out some time.
Innocent question: How far do your legs extend and can you rotate your head ala Exorcist style?
(NB - this is the cleaned up version of what I originally typed) B X.
Feel free to cyber-slap me I deserve it.
Didi (55103) 2014-01-16 4:36
With the lights measures it was not necessary to use a tripod :)
I tought you were lying on the ground :)
Well done for the frame quality
Sergiom (54655) 2014-01-16 5:37
I like the forehead tripod expression. You also could have used sir fartsalot as a tripod.
I like very much the great symetrie ao this composition as well as your light control.
This cathedral is really one of the best in Europe.
Have a nice day
photoray (10227) 2014-01-16 8:51
"Now that's using your head"
Artistic straight-up view in wide angle of the very articulate architecture and art details of the Mezquita. I am impressed how every inch of the ceiling is carved in art works.
This is a far cry from the architecture and art brought to the New World in the 18th century by Spanish priests, building their missions.
mkamionka (29259) 2014-01-16 8:56
I really have to check my old photos from the trip to Cordoba. I don't remember much of it. When I saw this beautiful photo I would never guess that it was Mezquita -this means I have to see my photos again...
Spectacular interior, I like very much such rich architectures. Perfect symmetry works beautifully here.
sabermonajati (8919) 2014-01-16 10:31
wonderful architecture you captured.today i read information from architecture of church.
Silvio1953 (116035) 2014-01-16 11:34
Ciao Lisa, il tuo treppiede di fortuna funziona alla grande, POV da capogiro, bella simmetria, splendidi dettagli e favolosa luce, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
Waylim (25078) 2014-01-16 17:30
Hey Naughty One Kanobe,
This is gorgeous, I love how it feels like looking through kaleidoscope. There is so much details to appreciate here. Great POV and perfect symmetry it could also be a mirror image of each other.
The wide angel lens allow to include so much. Impressive place and a good photo quality to show case it.
SnapRJW (29302) 2014-01-17 0:50
Impressively crisp and beautifully symmetrical your forehead tripod seems to be top quality Lisa. I'd love to see you in action with it. The colours here are so subtle and attractive and the fine detailing doesn't seem to be degraded through use of a high ISO. Bev has a valid point about the LHS of the shot and I thin she has brought out some of the subtle detail very well. Hope all is going better with your Mum, you are all in my thoughts. Hugs Rosemary
jemaflor (80806) 2014-01-17 9:32
Impressive pov ad ceiling, great decoration and architecture, good result with this symmetric shot, perfect light and sharpness, tfs.
Gigidusud (13397) 2014-01-18 6:25
Ah ah ah! Incredibile Lisa! Mi sarebbe piaciuto vedere questa scena. Una splendida cattura comunque, con bellissimi particolari architettonici. Complimenti!
Ti auguro un buon Week-end.
tatadalou (5641) 2014-01-18 10:46
I like this kind of view (I've ot 2 or 3 like yours in my gallery), that's always vertiginuous. Difficult light on the left part but you avoid too much overexposure. But I'm still wondering how did you use your forehead as a tripod !
krzychu30 (15332) 2014-01-18 23:17
absolutely amazing perspective and really superb quality and symmetry of the scene.
Just love the strong and expressive visual effect the upward perspective creates here in combination with this subject.
PS.your forehead tripod did here better job than my Manfrotto tripod most of the time:)
Wish You a nice sunday
ikeharel (52411) 2014-01-23 8:27
A fantastic view upwards, Lisa, superbly collected the details of the high archs and dome.
Distinctly your style of taking difficult POV's.
Fine clear outlines, marvelous art.
My positive thought, always.
Angshu (54763) 2014-02-04 1:45
I could only smile at the caption of your image.
the symmetry is outstanding and the details flawlessly rendered. The light conditions do look difficult, but has been handled well. Fine work!
ChrisJ (94802) 2014-02-07 11:38
I know this place! The light was difficult to manage but you've done reasonably well here. A stunning upward pov with good sharpness and the wide angled view has accentuated the perspective. Good shadow detail and light contrasts. Tfs!
adores (34462) 2014-02-07 17:26
It seems you managed very well:)! The pov is excellent and you got a very good light and details. Great shot of such a beautiful place!
batalay (34765) 2014-02-10 4:28
Hello Dear Lisa,
It's a great forehead shot, just as all the goals registered by Messi with his forehead. In similar situation, what I generally do is to place the camera on the floor, in self-timer mode. But what an effect you achieved here!
adidas5nb (4498) 2014-02-14 4:21
thats a great thinking and a very creative shot.love the visual effect here and the symmetry.great light and angle.