My photograph, today, shows Lincoln Cathedral. It is a stunning building, something for which I was unprepared when I visited Lincoln.
No matter which way you view it, you will find some delightful aspect.
"I have always held and proposed against all comers to maintain that the Cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles" - John Ruskin. (John Ruskin was a leading Victorian artist and art critique, amongst other things!)
The Cathedral was built in the time of William the Conqueror in 1072. It was damaged by fire in 1141 but was successfully restored. In 1255, part of the old Roman wall surrounding Lincoln was removed so that the cathedral could be extended.
In the 14th Century the central tower and those of the West end were heightened, and all had spires until 1549 when that of the central tower blew down. With this spire Lincoln Cathedral had reputedly been the tallest building in the world, at 525 feet being 3 foot higher than the great pyramid! The weight of the remaining towers and their spires caused them to lean, until architect James Gibb strengthened their support.
The spires were, though, eventually removed in 1807 for safety reasons, at which point the final form of the Cathedral that is still with us now was at last reached.
Information from easterncathedrals
I have used PSE10 to improve some lens distortion.
I hope you enjoy the photograph, Bev :-)
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lousat (95888) 2014-03-03 9:03
Hi Bev,very nice choice of point of view to create this natural frame made by the archway,beautiful capture with a fine work too in pp to correct the distorsions,bright details and excellent exposure too,magnificent and interesting post about this big cathedral,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
yquem46 (38752) 2014-03-03 9:05
A nice view on this cathedral
Natural colors and excellent luminosity and clarity
good idea to use the arch as a natural frame
cornejo (45408) 2014-03-03 9:15
Hi Bev, really interesting view through the arch of this interesting building, very well composed and captured by a great pov, in this great and beautiful photography. Interesting picture with very good sharpness, nice light, color and quality. A great job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Best wishes from southern Spain.
PaulVDV (31173) 2014-03-03 9:21
Now, this is a very beautiful picture of Lincoln Cathedral.
Excellent clarity and sharpness. Beautiful colours.
Attractive framing with the arch.
Best regards, Paul
timecapturer (49288) 2014-03-03 9:31
wonderfully sharp and clear shot of one of our most impressive Cathedrals. It looks so magnificent from this well chosen viewpoint. Captivating and all the more so with a blue sky behind it to complement the intricate stonework. Glorious!
Have a good week - B.
worldcitizen (9172) 2014-03-03 9:39
Gorgeous cathedral, with an excellent presentation. I really like the way you used the arch as a frame. The blue sky, beautiful architecture, and creative POV, all combine to make a great photo.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-03 10:21
A very well composed view of the beautiful cathedral. The architecture is imposing and majestic. Well chosen low POV to accentuate the height of these lofty towers. Excellent natural framing with the arch. Nicely finished off with the blue sky which contrasts the cathedral pretty well. Good one with nice details, perfect light and natural colours. Thanks for sharing.
ktanska (28729) 2014-03-03 10:51
Those big cathedrals are unique to Britain I think. I mean in continental Europe they look somewhat different, although can be equally impressive.
Excellent shot with good direction of light giving contrasty result. Lovely weather. And nice natural framing on top.
Noel_Byrne (33054) 2014-03-03 10:51
Incredible place, the level of detail in the stonework here is a real testament to yesteryear. I love your choice to frame this inside the large archway too, even it has great little pinnacles jutting out. The light is superb, and brings so much detail out, even to the point where we can see the different types of stone used (or different colors anyway!) Really excellent choice of view to create this image.
All the best
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-03-03 11:15
superb composition in the vertical format to capture the exquisite sculpture of the cathedral. Wonderful details and textures. The chosen pov has rendered depth to the picture even without the inclusion of sizeable foreground. Thanks for sharing and have a great week ahead.
saxo042 (37966) 2014-03-03 12:12
A very good combination of an interesting note with an attractive picture. A good TE contribution! You found a good frame for this cathedral too.
holmertz (57367) 2014-03-03 12:13
I remember posting a picture here last year of a church in Tallinn, Estonia, which had become the tallest building in Europe in 1549, thanks to a storm hitting Lincoln ;-). It's amusing to be able to make such connections between pictures shown here. This cathedral is no doubt more beautiful than the one in Tallinn, and although it's not uniquely old I still find it rather exciting that William the Conqueror probably saw it, maybe from the same fine angle. It is really a good place to watch it.
cebe (1491) 2014-03-03 12:34
Good use of the arch to frame the view. I had noticed the correction before reading your note, thinking that it was something I have never tried and wondering a bit about the possible tools for it. So thanks for mentioning the one you used. I find the result very good with the many perfectly vertical lines. I wonder if the process would not have introduced a sort of distortion near the base of the cathedral, I mean a 2D transcription the brain is not used to recognize. Or is it me. It's likely me.
Best regards, Claude
Romano46 (18472) 2014-03-03 12:50
Ciao cara Beverley
le tue foto non lasciano mai indifferenti e con questa hai fatto l'ennesimo centro.
Composizione e soggetto si integrano nella migliore delle maniere. Il dettaglio appare in grande evidenza grazie ad una ripresa di grande qualità.
Ciao e buona notte
boa (7543) 2014-03-03 13:09
it can not be easy to chose how to photograph this amazing cathedral! I think you did the right choice, especially since you included the arch for a better depth. Beautiful colors and an interesting note, tfs!
Have a nice evening/
HimalAnda (10671) 2014-03-03 13:13
The composition is very good: the arch makes an elegant frame.
The light and colors are very nice.
dta (81076) 2014-03-03 13:23
Hello Beverley ,
Une vue superbe de la magnifique cathédrale si bien éclairée , contrastant avec l'encadrement sombre de l'arche au premier plan .
tyro (26142) 2014-03-03 14:22
You have written a very interesting and informative note about this magnificent cathedral and also provided a beautiful photograph by way of illustration.
Your use of a decorated arch to frame the picture is a wonderful idea and it works absolutely perfectly here, appearing to add more height to those already lofty twin west towers. You have also chosen the time of day to take this picture very wisely as the bright sunlight from the south, almost at midday, has brought out all the details and textures of the fine stonework beautifully.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect framing and exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
carlo62 (53252) 2014-03-03 15:12
bella cattedrale e bella composizione, la cornice scelta è perfetta per l'architettura fotografata.
Ottima esposizione, anche se non facile, il risultato è eccellente e il cielo fa da splendido sfondo.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-03 16:19
A beautiful building, Bev, and cleverly shot through the old archway here. Interesting story as well; how much of the original 1072 structure remains? Not much, I'd imagine, but still an impressive lifespan.
federico (4275) 2014-03-03 16:37
hi Beverley, very well framed picture, full of colors and light
interesting subject of course
emka (104210) 2014-03-03 23:41
Excellent picture of the cathedral in Lincoln, that I like so much. great idea to present it from under the arch. Magnificent composition, wonderful colours and depth.
have a nice day
dkmurphys (62831) 2014-03-04 0:34
Impressive architecture. I like your pov from the arcade. Well taken, enjoy a good day ahead.
Nicou (148458) 2014-03-04 0:55
Avec l'arche noir et le découpage quelle compo et vue sueprbe quel rendu sur l'arche et la vue sur cette cathédrale dans la belle lumirèe très très belle recherche de la mise en valeur.
Bravo et amitié
mkamionka (39531) 2014-03-04 6:31
I remember of course your beautiful photos from Lincoln before, but they seem to be teasers for what we can see here. It is a jaw dropping view. The cathedral is so impressive and you have also captured it set against the wonderful blue sky. It appears so rich here, so colorful. I definitely put Lincoln now on my list of places to visit.
ikeharel (76107) 2014-03-04 7:38
A well premeditated POV under the arch, Beverly, and also from a corner that showing beautiful two towrs and a masterpiece built walls by a skilled masons.
Exquisite light condition, no extra shades or backlight.
Pleasent to look at, and reading the interesting note, cheers.
Silvio1953 (150245) 2014-03-04 12:16
Ciao Bev, great view of fantastic architecture, fascinating composition well framed by arch, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
jcpix (13930) 2014-03-04 18:39
Oh, I enjoy it alright, this is a gorgeous cathedral, and presented so well to enhance it's natural standing...haha, literally!
One of my favorite aspects of a photograph is the frame-within-a-frame, and this one with the jagged teeth makes an immediate impression. I almost feel as if I'm looking out of a sharks mouth...but one I'm happy to be in for this kind of view. :) A super composition from top to bottom, and the neutral tones of the cathedral against the blue sky and touch of green grass really makes for a colorful ensemble when placed with the heavy contrast of the archway.
Amazing to think this was the tallest building at one point in time...how things have changed over the centuries, yeah? It wouldn't even get a sniff at the record books these days. Enjoy the day ahead. All the best.
Apurba20 (984) 2014-03-04 22:52
This is a stunning building, made more by the wonderful POV.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-03-05 0:53
A beautifully clean and well managed shot Bev. I do like the composition, your use of the arch as a frame is attractive and has the effect of placing the viewer in the shot. Here we stand in you shoes and see through your eyes. I'm pleased to see detail in the dark areas, it echoes the Gothic arches in the elegant architecture you present with excellence.
Warm regards Rosemary
npecanhuk (76907) 2014-03-05 3:28
Wonderful architectural details!
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
jemaflor (101285) 2014-03-05 11:24
Perfect frame through the arch, beautiful architecture and perfect light, sharpness is well managed, tfs.
BennyV (19693) 2014-03-06 3:46
A superb capture. The archway frame adds a sense of intimacy, or fragility to the architecture. Great blue sky, too.
It's been a long time since I've travelled in England, this shot made me realize that there are some great sights left for me to discover.
Note: In your location there's a typo in the name 'Lincoln' you might want to correct.
siudzi (34141) 2014-03-07 4:26
Wow! What a beautiful presentation of this impressive Gothic cathedral! Its design is marvelous and so interesting for cathedral lover like me:) Perfectly seen, framed and executed scene. TFS!
claudeD (40856) 2014-03-07 9:17
very fine architecture with perfect sharpness and clarity. very good natural framing.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Waylim (25436) 2014-03-08 10:46
This is beautiful and I'm sure it is no matter how and from which angle you look at it. Impressive detail in the design of the historicall architecture. Good POV looking through the arch and great use of it to frame your composition and it also provide depth to the image. Really good shot. I enjoyed very much.
jmdias (67187) 2014-04-02 7:21
marvelous cathedral. I would like to visit it some day. very nice use of the arch to make a frame with the towers in evidence. beautiful details of architecture. TFS.
Curious_Eye (1320) 2014-06-10 14:21
This is a beauty, indeed, and you have presented it very well by using the arch as a frame. No matter what subject you choose, the thoughtful composition is always a strength. Gorgeous soft light, colours, and details, and a somewhat out-of-this-earth atmosphere. Great work!
All the best,
- Copyright: Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) (41799)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D-300, NIKKOR AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED DX, 62 mm HOYA Circular Polarize
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-03 8:54