Wells Cathedral is a must see !
Described as 'the most poetic of the English Cathedrals' and 'probably the finest national example of early English architecture' it certainly lives up to its reputation.
This feature, known as 'scissor arches' or as 'owl-eyed strainer arches' is repeated on each of the four sides of the crossing. They were fitted 30 years after the tower was completed, to reinforce the structure as movement was becoming evident. Though clear to see where the additions were made, the joints are seamless, a true testament to the skill of the masons.
Note on English Cathedrals :
The medieval cathedrals of England, dating from between approximately 1040 and 1540, are a group of twenty-six buildings. Cathedrals serve as central church for an administrative region,or diocese, and houses the throne of a bishop ('cathedra' from the Greek).
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tyro (21106) 2011-10-01 17:23
Oh, yes, I agree - I should really love to see this place. These "scissor arches" are just beautiful and, not only that, but functional too. Function and beauty working together - now that's what typifies true craftsmanship.
Again, your new little camera has come up with the goods: you certainly couldn't have captured this at f/2 at 1/30 sec with your 5D MkII and still achieved the same depth of field - you would have needed a tripod, time to set it all up and quite a bit of fiddling about. Are you allowed to use tripods here? I know that a lot of places ban them, probably on the usual "Health & Safety" grounds, in case some brainless fool decides to walk in your direction and fall over the thing.
The exposure here is spot-on and the lighting and colours are superb. Excellent detail too. A very fine photograph!
emka (82540) 2011-10-01 18:45
Hi Martin, I found it on the map, It is somewhere not to far from Bath. And I saw on the map also Cheddar - it is the town where famouse cheese is produced? I have never seen such scissors arch. Marvelous! I like this view. I have seen some beautiful English cathedrals but there a lot more to see.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4798) 2011-10-01 21:49
Nice capture on the architectural details of this church, beautifully exposed. Nice curves and lines, if you carefully examine it, the "scissor" arch looks like a fish too, a symbol that many christians use. Wonderful presentation!
Sonata11 (33426) 2011-10-01 23:52
This interior of this Cathedral architecture is marvelous, an amazing. A very beautifully executed image with fantastic POV and DOF as well. Colors, sharpness, clarity, contrast are an amazing. I love it. Awesome. Great job. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice WE,
agjika (3616) 2011-10-02 0:58
Stunning architecture and a stunning photo of it as well. It is always more difficult to take photos of church interior that it is given credif for. Great light management and I love the placing of the table on the left it balances the whole scen nicely.
Thanks for sharing
wolf38 (31282) 2011-10-02 1:19
Hello Martin. Lines, shapes, textures, gothic style. In fact, a beautiful and very nice photo. The light is handled well. Informative text. Rgds, Wolfgang.
sacimar (26069) 2011-10-02 13:51
Seeing this image you are right, this building is impressive, I like the different details like the sculptures on the top, well done,
Thanks for your comment!
fabianoleite (9665) 2011-10-02 15:23
We can easily identify the scissors from this angle. Interiors are not easy, and you managed it really well. Congratulations!
PS. As to my first year in my new town, it has been really great, thanks for asking.
delpeoples (54101) 2011-10-21 1:37
Hi Martin Group Leader
Jeez you did well with the light here. It's always so uneven in these churches and usually extremely so. The title is really appropriate too. Beautiful arhcitectural details and sharpness too.
Enjoy your weekend and all the best to the CCs
npecanhuk (68118) 2012-01-24 14:54
Wonderful interior details!
A bit overexposed here and there, but nothing serious! Chosen pov, vertical format, composiiton and colors compensate it all and I really enjoy this image!
TFS - congrats,
batalay (36129) 2012-04-21 15:59
As I was identifying the Salisbury Cathedral as my favorite, I had Wells Cathedral in mind for a close second. The interior of Wells I actually prefer. There is also the oldest mechanical clock in England, or perhaps in Europe in the medieval edifice. But I have learned for the first time that there are 26 national cathedrals. For that information, I thank you. Thanks also for visiting my website, Bulent Atalay, and raising a Union Jack. (I believe, GB has the third highest, after the US and Turkey.)
Have a good Sunday,
- Copyright: Martin Richter (MJR) (3360)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-09-19
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S95
- Exposure: f/2, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Medieval Cathedrals of England [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-01 17:04