I am still very new to the North East England. I had however a chance to visit already the Durham Cathedral (in this picture). I really liked this charming town, I was impressed by the cathedral, and I am going to get back there again.
ABOUT THE PHOTO
I have deliberately used the tree branches in this composition. I remember that for a similar composition I got many negative comments some time ago. I really wanted to show a relative close up of the cathedral so that some architectural details are still noticeable. Close up alone seemed kind of boring and the tree branches seem to add some interesting touch in my opinion. But I realize it is a matter of preference.
ABOUT THE CATHERDAL
The Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham (usually known as Durham Cathedral) is a cathedral in the city of Durham, England, the seat of the Anglican Bishop of Durham. The Bishopric dates from 995, with the present cathedral being founded in AD 1093. The cathedral is regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with nearby Durham Castle, which faces it across Palace Green.
Durham Cathedral occupies a strategic position on a promontory high above the River Wear. From 1080 until the 19th century the bishopric enjoyed the powers of a Bishop Palatine, having military as well as religious leadership and power. Durham Castle was built as the residence for the Bishop of Durham. The seat of the Bishop of Durham is the fourth most significant in the Church of England hierarchy, and he stands at the right hand of the monarch at coronations. Signposts for the modern day County Durham are subtitled "Land of the Prince Bishops."
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dta (67992) 2012-03-26 9:53
Hello Mariusz ,
Usually , composition (especially postcards :)) with naked trees are not the best . But in this case , this is a real bonus . For sure , when the leaves will be there , we shall not see anything of the splendid cathedral , from this interesting POV . The effect is original and beautiful .
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-03-26 10:13
I like the way you have filled the frame with naked branches and the cathedral is seen through them. This is very different perspective. The colors of the cathedral are warm and contrast well against the blue sky.
ikeharel (58847) 2012-03-26 10:18
Good evening mariusz,
I had visited this magnificent cathedtral back on 8/1993, don't remember much of the inside ( how can anyone remember each cathedral, as we see so many...), but sure recall the way up from the river, as you managed to post here.
Magnificent outlines on the edifice shown through the naked branchs, towering turrets on 4 sides towards the sky.
Jeppo (17645) 2012-03-26 11:18
jak sie masz?? ladny ostroc i perspektiwa. the absence of leaves on the trees allows a better sight on the durham cathedral...
I think the place should be very still and peaceful if it's surrounded by trees....
SnapRJW (31613) 2012-03-26 11:23
Hello Mariusz - I like the dark silhouetted branches and the designs they make across the image, they tie in with the dark Gothic windows and the line of trees beneath the cathedral. They also seem to splinter and shatter the image which may not be the usual way we look at architecture but to my mind the shot works well. It also challenges our preconceived ideas on how a shot should be managed. TFS, fine work. Warm regards rosemary
Sonata11 (33298) 2012-03-26 11:52
Przepiekne ujecie katedry poprzez nagie galezie drzew, ktore daja fantastyczny efekt. Niesamowicie piekne zdjecie oraz piekna kolorystyka, super ostrosc. Bardzo mi sie podoba Twoj punkt widzenia z ktorego jest to zdjecie zrobione. Nawet te galazki na gorze zdjecia dodaja uroku tej pieknie pokazanej architekturze tej katedry. Wspanoale zdjecie. Podoba mi sie bardzo.
SNOOP_Chan (4271) 2012-03-26 12:10
Hello Mariusz, impressive building here. I've seen something very similar in the U.S. at the Yale university. Good highlights on the towers.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-03-26 12:23
A beautiful architectural photographs with nice framing by the naked trees in FG. I can see around with wide-angle. The composition of the clear and successful.
I wish a nice weekend.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-03-26 13:38
a beautiful photo from this amazing cathedral and I like the composition and the picturesque environment, the architectural details are fantastic, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
MJR (3360) 2012-03-26 15:23
The trees very much add to this, i.m.h.o., besides which they are hard to avoid from this angle ! You found some good light/weather here, your previous note suggested otherwise ?
I like the close up, and the detail you can offer, it all works well.
We will come over, but doubt it will be before June - but will be aure to let you know. Or come this way ?
Hope you are getting settled.
tedesse (25133) 2012-03-26 17:56
Interesujacy punkt widzenia obrales!
Wspaniala architektura, piekne kolory, bezlistne galazki daja fantastyczny efekt.
npecanhuk (66814) 2012-03-26 18:04
The use of those leafless branches in the composition was an excellent idea and the results are so beuatiful and attractive!
TFS - congrats,
Waylim (25362) 2012-03-26 22:59
Another Postcard from somewhere you now live. At first glance I did think it works shooting through the tree braches, but the more I look at it, it actually give really good effect and depth, yet the Catherdral is very nice and sharp. That is really impessive.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-03-27 3:05
a great shot of one of my favourite places. Love the framing and POV here that tantalise and yet give us a wonderful idea of the scale and beauty of this imposing building. Powerful and attractive image.
Regards - Brian.
delpeoples (53415) 2012-03-27 3:33
Another great shot of your new city. I agree with you, the branches give the composition a touch of character and make it unique. I like the way the sandstone of the architecture contrasts with the poweder blue sky. The details of the architecture are sublime. I have seen photos of this cathedral before, but this is a beauty. Congratulations and I hope the new job is great.
danos (87873) 2012-03-27 9:03
nice the view of the Cathedral as we can see it fortunatelly through the leafless branches of the foreground trees.I like te good presentation,the clarity of the image as the light and the colour management of it.
Have a good afternoon,danos
abmdsudi (44238) 2012-03-27 22:24
An excellent shot of this cathedral for its a elegant architecture. An impresssive full-frame pov and well exposed in subdued light and colors but there's a good contrast afforded by the dark hanging tree branches, creating great effect as well. It has good depth, clarity and much fine textures. This is cool well worked shot, Congrats
TopGeo (38204) 2012-03-28 4:32
A beautiful architectural photographs I like too to take pics like that from theme with dramatic extend .Excellent perspective and great details despite the difficult light.
Have a nice day and thanks,
sacimar (25975) 2012-03-28 5:51
I visit this place long time ago, I like your image of this impressive building, the composition with the branches is interesting, well done,
Silvio1953 (124525) 2012-03-28 11:06
Ciao Mariusz, great POV on fantastic cathedral, fascinating composition well framed by branches, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
emka (80790) 2012-03-28 15:50
cześć Mariusz, hahaha, właśnie miałam pomysł, zeby wysłać jakieś zdjecie z Durham, bo to chyba najblizsze Twojego domu miejsce w którym byłam. Gdzie ty znalazłes taki widok, ja jakos krążyłam wokół ale nie mogłam znaleźć dobrego widoku z przodu. Ciekawa katedra i Durham tez dość przyjemne, ale nie podobało mi sie, ze nie mozna robic zdjęć w środku, niby dlaczego, a i zamek tez niedostępny. super zdjęcie z tymi gałązkami.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-03-29 11:57
The tree branched, is in contrast to the rigorous architecture of this magnificent building. The view is spectacular up. The quality is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Fis2 (86723) 2012-03-29 14:02
Kolorystyka robi wrazenie a galazki sa doskonala okrasa tej pracy.
mauro61 (52623) 2012-03-29 15:11
alberi che schermano la bella architettura in una scena in cui hai dato valore al contrasto visivo.
Colori pastello di grande bellezza e ottimo controllo della luce,
SWEETFREEDOM (22878) 2012-03-29 22:35
I like the tree branches in fg and the beautiful cathedral in bg. Good colors and light.
raszid62 (18583) 2012-03-29 22:45
Piękna świątynia we wspaniałym stylu ukryta za wiosennymi , jeszcze nagimi gałęziami. Piękna naturalna kolorystyka i pefekcyjna ostrość.
siolaw (38286) 2012-03-29 23:21
A good idea to take this through the leafless branches. The BG being lighter in tone than the dark branches, it gives a pleasant visual impact.
Good framing too!
Graal (98267) 2012-03-29 23:40
dobra pora gdy bezlistne drzewa niewiele przeszkadzaja na pokazanie architektury. Piekna ta katedra. Dobra notka i jakosc zdjecia.
josepmarin (57831) 2012-03-30 3:41
you have chosen a magnificent framing, I like the graphical effect created by the branches in foreground, as a nice introduction to the wonderful architecture of the Cathedral, in an image with an elegant perspective, a good luminosity and a few perfect colors.
An excellent work.
ciakgiak (30421) 2012-03-30 10:00
Wow! What a spectacular picture for the great idea to interpose between the Cathedral and the observer the branches of the tree that act as a filter, making the image much more spectacular. Very beautiful colors and light very nice and well balanced. Congratulations.
A warm hug.
macjake (57362) 2012-03-31 6:14
I can see what you mean by people giving you negative comments, alot of people will not like the busy nature of mother nature blocking the view.
and i have to admit, i'm not a big fan of it either.
But....i have to be honest....the longer i look at the photo, the more i DO enjoy it.
it adds mystery, it adds a scary ambiance.
I think for the odd photo here and there its fine, people just need to give it a chance.
Looking forward to other photo's in your new area of life :)
bukitgolfb301 (36428) 2012-03-31 14:21
Hello my dear Mariusz
Sorry for my usual late reaction, as so busy weekday.
This is another wonderful shot.
Great well considered framework and best combinationof castle and branches. Sharp and clear color presentation is marvelous. Thanks for your sharinig with best shot and have a nice weekend!
Takero from Tokyo, where "SAKURA" should open flower, but not yet this year.
nikkitta (14992) 2012-04-04 14:41
Hola Mariusz ,
It seems to me not a postcard but a creative capture ( bare and black branches at the FG)and not a negative comment
The church is imposing with the very high towers and the golden color contrasting with the blue sky
Waiting for more photos of beautiful Durham
TFS and greetings
Turkoglu (0) 2012-04-04 15:04
Netliği compozisyonu ve renkleri ile çok güzel bir manzara! tebrikler
jhm (140585) 2012-04-05 4:10
A splendid postcard from Durham with the towers between the branches of the trees.
Excellent architecture image with this subject.
Nice composition and good presentation, TFS.
Have a nice day
sacavem (18614) 2012-04-09 9:14
This is very different perspective.
This is an unusual postcard, good composition, very original.
adramad (38830) 2012-04-09 9:34
After a few days away on holiday in the village, I'm new in these pages.
Splendid composition with this beautiful cathedral, the towers are impressive, the POV through the branches of the trees is fantastic and enriching the image with remarkable graphics.
Ideals such soft tones of color, sharpness and brightness magnificent. Well done.
Have a nice day.
Angshu (56050) 2012-04-18 21:57
I've heard a lot about the majestic Durham cathedral, which I think our friend Malgo has also visited & shared some pictures. There's something 'mysterious' about you picture, because of the branches & trees which create a sort of veil before the cathedral. The cathedral seems to be huge...look fwd in seeing more pictures from this place
kwekwekan (1078) 2012-07-16 19:16
A unique take of this famous Norman cathedral. You have framed the cathedral just perfectly with the dark branches, with the two towers of the facade contained within a triangular shape and the crossing tower contained in a more circular one. Both shapes compliment the unique features of the architecture very well. Great job taking advantage of the early spring; a few weeks later the leaves would not have made this beautiful shot possible!