As is my way, I went out of my way recently to travel via Exeter to visit this giant amongst giants.
Exeter is particularly noteworthy for having the longest uninterrupted ceiling amongst the 26 medieval cathedrals, and it does not disappoint.
No central tower, rather two smaller towers over the transepts to the north and south of the crossing, allows for this feature.
We arrived early, too early, and had to repair to the local coffee shop for an excellent breakfast, ( the hardships we enthusiasts have to endure ! ) and then as there was no other soul about, except maybe dead ones, I was allowed free use of a tripod inside the cathedral. All credit to the staff !
Sadly, my portrait version of this view suffered from slight operator malfunction, and the extent of the roofline is not so obvious in this landscape view, but it has its merits.
I can recommend a look at the virtual tour on their website.
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eldancer1 (17126) 2013-02-02 7:53
Wow! Awesome interior architecture! So ornate and beautifully design. Nicely captured with good lighting considering you are using only available light. Good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
tyro (13157) 2013-02-02 13:35
I always love pictures of church and cathedral interiors and this one is especially appealing - a majestic interior indeed! The symmetrical composition is striking, the colours and light are perfect and the details and sharpness exquisite.
Always somewhat curious, I would be intrigued to know what exactly constituted slight operator malfunction with the vertical "portrait" shot on this occasion?
How long an exposure was this? And is one normally allowed to use a tripod here or was that a friendly concession from the staff after you had breakfasted in their coffee shop?
P.S. I was fascinated to spend some time looking at the multiple virtual tours done by Peter Stephens - they are absolutely wonderful. I wonder if he uses a camera like ours and "stitches" multiple images to produce these? What really intrigued me too was his 360° tour of the "Green" outdoors - taken in strong oblique sunlight - but where, oh where, is the shadow of him and his camera??
P.P.S. I can say that the guest behaved impeccably and trust he continues so to do!
npecanhuk (53923) 2013-02-03 6:31
Wonderful interior details!
Very beautiful picture!
Special regards to the symmetrical composition, exposure and colors!
TFS - congrats,
SnapRJW (18816) 2013-02-03 22:04
Hello Martin - The stonemasons' craft here is so incredible and your shot of this magnificent cathedral shows it off to great effect. The light reveals the fantastic detail very well. I can imagine how humbled the pilgrims must have been to enter this building and no doubt they felt that God's house was indeed a place of heaven on earth. Excellent. Warm regards rosemary
- Copyright: Martin Richter (MJR) (3179)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-12-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D Mk 2, Canon 24-105mm L f4 IS USM
- Exposure: f/13.0
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Medieval Cathedrals of England [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-02 7:07