Inside Durham Cathedral, photography is not allowed. But the environs, here for instance, in the Cloisters, it is. You might therefore expect crowds of photographers strutting their stuff, on this occasion I was fortunate that this was not so.
Just me, struggling to get three pictures to give me the coverage I wanted to give this panoramic view. In the final event, I just used two, the central third I had taken just confused the issue, come PP.
If I have my bearings right, this is the NW corner, looking east and south.
I had thought this is pretty much how it looked in years gone by, just the electric lighting, rubbish bins and signs would have been missing. The absent photographers of today would have been monks, clutching prayer-books not Pentaxes, rosaries not Ricohs, Litanies not Leicas; ( hopefully none were clutching canons ).
In fact, the windows were glazed, some, on the eastern side, bright and cheerful enough to look like a house on fire. This left hand corridor was lined with books on the left hand wall, and small single man wooden walled studies for the monks to use as reading rooms, built along its length.
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tyro (15805) 2012-03-03 3:16
Wow! This is a stunner!
A wonderful symmetrical composition and I confess I can't see any evidence of any "join" between the two images you have used to compose this one.
Beautiful lighting with strong contrasts but I can still make out lots of fine detail in the deepest shadows and in the lightest parts too. I love the play of light and shade on the large flagstones of the cloisters. Exqusite detail and sharpness too.
Quite incredible that there's not a soul in sight here. Did you use a tripod for this one?
Interesting note too - I presume that you were clutching your Canon!
Bluejeans (64243) 2012-03-03 3:41
Ola Martin ,
Belo ponto de visão nesta catedral neste corredor em V , gostei muito da luz e das sombras , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
GiovanniG (2315) 2012-03-03 3:44
Wonderful capture! It has beautiful contrast and great clarity. The PV and aspect ratio you selected is superb. The DOF is great and it has good perspective. Bravo!!
A warm hello from,
baclama (16343) 2012-03-03 4:00
un tres bon POV avec un effet grand angle tres reussi!
j'aime beaucoup l'effet d'immensité que ça donne
ourania (18918) 2012-03-03 4:24
there's superb clarity in this fascinating double perspective, immense depth and an atmosphere that really takes you back in time. The patterns of the windows, ceiling and shadows are rendered with remarkable sharpness and give a wonderful effect. The subtle play of light and shadow on the windows is lovely. Well done!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
Jeppo (17635) 2012-03-03 5:12
great perspective and wonderful light management.
I like this somewhat gothic atmosphere
SnapRJW (23932) 2012-03-03 6:48
Hello Martin - What I like most about this shot apart from the clever POV and your magical stitch is the criss-cross light and shade on the stone floor - its beautiful and adds the equivalent of reflections in a pool. Excellent detail in the deep shadows but, I think a small improvement would be to try and bring in a little more detail in the view through the central arched windows. Have a good Sunday, warm regards Rosemary
rychem (13854) 2012-03-03 7:10
I like your idea to take two corridors, excellent symmetry, nice light effects, well done
chrisostomou (568) 2012-03-03 16:22
absolutely magnificent composition..very good idea and execution, even if you did not included the third picture you wanted to…very nice atmosphere..great light management and sharpness..well done!
jjcordier (67540) 2012-03-04 0:03
Très belle photo de ce superbe cloître avec de belles teintes et une bonne gestion de la lumière. Un stich réussi!
CLODO (26590) 2012-03-04 0:23
you were lucky to have no person wandering in the cloister, and you got an eye catching view of it, almost symetrical.
brianmcc (5832) 2012-03-04 1:06
your viewpoint and use of a wide angle has created a facsinating picture with a wonderful perspective. you did well to get this picture without any other people in it. it certainly does help to give the picture a timeless quality and with your notes takes us back in time. stunning symmetry. the light is wonderful and the little shaded areas in the foreground on the stone floor are beautiful. excellent control of the light.
Royaldevon (21655) 2012-03-04 2:30
I'm so glad that I found this.
I enjoyed just gazing at it before I enjoyed reading your notes.
You have achieved a fine interaction of light and shadow that is almost hypnotic!
The receding lines of windows draw the eyes, creating a battle about which way to go first. Your slightly off-centre peak gives the l/h side an advantage.
For me, the sharpness is just right.
I have to agree with your opinions, if photographs had been available many centuries ago, the scene would be very similar.
Have a good Sunday,
timecapturer (37406) 2012-03-04 3:20
superb shot! Everything here is so perfectly executed and so effective. Love the POV and the light management is awesome. Exceptional image. Well done!
Enjoy your Sunday - Brian.
annjackman (15645) 2012-03-06 0:59
Clever work! You have given a great feeling of the empty cloisters and symmetrical architecture. I have never been to Durham - most go clutching my canon!
Best wishes, Ann
gus72 (3460) 2012-03-06 8:48
Hi Martin !!!
This is truly a super Panoramic view.Well done.
As soon as I get back home I will work on framing my photos the way you do it.. you work is an inspiration and in the spirit of TE we learn from each other.
I also like your notes and descriptions...... always adding a bit of humour and the inconveniences of every day life.
emka (64464) 2012-03-06 14:41
Hi Martin, Fantastic capture of the Durham cloister. Wonderful depth of the both sides, you chose good POV, the view is very impressive. Perfect symmetry. I like it very much.
Ricx (13489) 2012-03-06 23:36
Hi Martin, I see you been having fun with this one.. This is where stitching really comes into play as I tried to take the same image and with a fish eye it gets tottally distorted.. maybe I need to go through and learn the process of stitching.. although many friends may be shocked if I suggested that I was taking up this skill. great post Ric
delpeoples (48832) 2012-03-07 3:24
I must apologise, I've been a slack-a*s with TE lately, so missed this beauty. I really is a masterpiece, cedtainly one of your best. The wide angle lens has worked its wonders here and the perspective is absolutely stunning. I like the earthy natural colours and play of light and shade too. Fantastic job, congrats.
Best wishes to you and the Crew
RhodieIke (9247) 2012-03-08 2:09
Hi Martin, Very pleasing photo of this scene, fantastic Pov, looking for the ghosts or disturbed light but alas none, great amount of Oak, ten points , love it, Cheers Iain.
raszid62 (18583) 2012-03-14 9:40
Beautifully captured cloisters. Wooden ceiling. Beautifully arranged shadows on the floor. Great natural colors in sepia.
mkamionka (27179) 2012-03-22 15:05
funny thing: we have been in Durham about two weeks ago... But I think it was early March.
The place is magical although I did not have a good light conditions. Still I was impressed by it. I took hundreds of photos there and I know I am coming back there sooner or later, may be for a blue hour this time.
This weekend I may plan again some trips to Ikea or similar but if you do plan to come our direction let me know in advance -who knows may be we can arrange even a short meeting. At the moment everything is new to me but I am always interested to discover new unknown photo opportunities around.
This cloister is wonderful -it reminded me very much cloisters which I have seen in Portugal. Great capture here with no people, very wide.
Interesting shades in the foreground add to the mysterious atmosphere.
Great idea, very well done!
mmohan (742) 2012-05-10 15:29
This is very good. wonderful symmetry and great management of light.
Curious_Eye (868) 2012-08-09 9:20
A stunning shot of the Cloisters. The symmetry of the composition, and the DOF in both corridors as well as in the front give it a somewhat 3D feel. The colours and light convey the mood so very well.
adidas5nb (2937) 2013-05-23 1:57
that is an absolute stunner.great pov and composition.love the light,light management,shadow play and architecture.great depth.
- Copyright: Martin Richter (MJR) (3340)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-02-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5D Mk 2, Canon 24-105mm L f4 IS USM
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Medieval Cathedrals of England [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-03-03 3:00