VIEW FROM THE GAZEBO
Over the past several years I’ve posted a number of photographs on Trekearth showing the National Cathedral in Washington, DC as it is seen from a number of angles: #1 from the North Side; and #2 from the west. The latter featured "Ex Nihilo," the extraordinarily powerful carving created by Frederick Hart in 1978. A third photo showed the entrance to #3 THE BISHOP’S ROSE GARDEN. There the subject was the semi-circular Norman arch that allowed a view of the rose garden, and in the distance, the roof of an octagonal-shaped stone gazebo.
In the present photograph the vantage point is reversed. The Cathedral is framed in a Tudor arch, one of seven such windows of the gazebo (the eighth side is the doorway). The prepossessing architectural marvel, evocative of the great European Cathedrals, took the better part of the 20th century to build. The trees are seen just assuming a new mantle of foliage, but most importantly the blossoming trees are at their peak. A cherry tree in full bloom is seen in the lower left. Unlike any other religious building in the world, the National Cathedral has a unique stained glass window. Embedded in the “Space Window” is a rock brought by Apollo Astronauts returning from the moon.
To get a complementary architectural and historical perspective on this extraordinary edifice, I recommend visiting the photo and note submitted by BWJ just two weeks ago.
The gazebo has been one my favorite hideaways for years. As a teenager I lived just down the street, and frequently dropped over to play tennis in the tennis courts nearby, or occasionally to do an Ink Sketch of the building. Later still, I isolated myself there to grade examinations... far away from students.
Finally, in this photo a shaft of light is seen illuminating the lower left of the wooden frame that can be easily eliminated. But good art requires an “unsettling factor,” something that causes a little bit of annoyance or distraction. That is precisely the reason I left it in the picture. In the workshop, I am presenting the same view with that shaft of light removed. One of my favorite paintings at the National Gallery of Art is Vermeer's "A Woman holding a Balance." It was Vermeer's genius that he included the gilded (double) frame, just to the right of the woman. The eye inadvertently oscillates between that frame and the woman. In Leonardo's "Mona Lisa" this supreme artist has painted an optical illusion in the mouth, then he has made the horizon line uneven behind the sitter (Lisa Ghirardini, making the viewer go back and forth inadvertently. It is a virtual hypnotic effect. I would be grateful to hear your preference — this photo or the version in the Workshop?
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isabela_sor (47700) 2011-04-10 4:01
such a great idea , frame in frame
as usual, perfect picture and your notes are real lessons for us
Bluejeans (64249) 2011-04-10 4:21
Ola Bulent ,
Bom primeiro plano com este arco deu uma bela moldura a foto , é muito bonita a catedral de fundo , tem uns ricos detalhes de arquitetura , belo céu azul , boa luz , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
tober (8797) 2011-04-10 4:57
Merhaba Sayın Hocam, Katedrali üstteki kemerle çok güzel çerçevelemişsiniz. Bakış açınız da mimarî ayrıntıları göstermek için oldukça uygun. WS'daki fotoğraf ışık dağılımı bakımından daha iyi bana göre. Elinize sağlık, saygılar.
snunney (84983) 2011-04-10 5:03
A fine capture of this magnificent cathedral very much in the English neo-Gothic style. I like the use of the archway as a frame and that shaft of light across the woodwork. The architectural decoration is well rendered uder a good light.
s_lush (16134) 2011-04-10 7:06
The cathedral looks highly impressive and contrasting, being framed with such aesthetic elements of the arch. The original version seems for me to be more interesting than that in the workshop, because there are better play of light on the surfaces of the arch in it. Both versions are very well composed and perfectly captured. Thanks for the very informative and useful note!
dta (67366) 2011-04-10 7:13
The arches often provide interesting frame for arcitectural picture . This dark one is a good choice to enhance the beauty of the splendid white cathedral .
Well done .
Sonata11 (33283) 2011-04-10 9:15
fantastic excecuted picture frame in frame. The final result, awesome !!!!. An excellent work to show us a beaurtiful architecture of The National Cathedra. Perfectly and flawlessly well done this picture.
Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a nice Sunday,
Cricri (107360) 2011-04-10 9:45
Très beau cadrage de cette fenêtre de bois sombre ce qui fait encore plus ressortir cette magnifique cathédrale entre la végétation et le bleu du ciel, une lumière extra, très belle réalisation
serp2000 (40400) 2011-04-10 10:56
My compliments, Bulent!
So wonderful composition and superb colours. I like your PoV and original frame.
Warm regards from Russia,
chawax (19476) 2011-04-10 12:04
I am very surprised this cathedral was finished just a few years ago ! You could think it was built in Middle Ages, it really looks like the ones you see in England and that were built in Middle Ages. Nice POV with the window used as a frame. Sharpness and light are excellent.
maria-v1981 (10814) 2011-04-10 13:41
Very attractive picture with excellent architectures details. The pov is excellent also the light managed.
The all idea to capture Cathedral from a frame is perfect.
Very well composition and impressive presentantion.
Have a nice week.
mesutilgim (85500) 2011-04-10 15:00
Selam sevgili Bülent,
This capture also has a unique pov ! The light on the cathedral is just perfect.
Again a perfect TE entry not only photographycally top but also enriched with many interesting notes.
best regards from "tulipy" İstanbul
ciakgiak (30421) 2011-04-10 15:01
una splendida architettura incorniciata con grande maestria e proposta con una resa da manuale della fotografia. Le tue note completano un documento messo lì, a disposizione della comunità. Complimenti mio caro amico.
agulberk (3794) 2011-04-10 17:44
Mükemmmel bir mimari ile süsleme işçiliğinin renk sadeliği ile bir araya getirilerek muhteşem bir göz zevki seramonisini öyle güzel bir perspektiften sunmuşsunuz ki çerçevesinden ,kadrajına varıncaya kadar her şeyiyle dört dörtlük bir sanat eseri olmuş.
Binanın mimar ve mühendisinin ince mahareti ile sizin sunum ustalığınız bir araya gelince harika ve göz alıcı bir kompozisyon çıkmış Bülent Hocam..
Selam ,sevgi ve Saygılarımla,Elinize ve Emeğinize Sağlık.
emka (80034) 2011-04-10 20:03
Hi dear Bulent,
The tower of the cathedral is placed idally in the arch. Wonderful view. The white Gothique walls look great against the blue sky. Splendid architecture. And there is even nice pink cherry blossoming.
Why should be light shaft removed? It was there.
I post a small workshop.
Finally I saw BIG waterfall :). Tomorrow I go to Boston and on Friday I will be back in WArsaw.
RhodieIke (11742) 2011-04-10 22:45
Hi Bulent, Fantastic photo of this super cathedral, love how you have captured through the Tudor arch, shadows and colour's great. Cheers Iain.
corjan3 (2095) 2011-04-10 23:00
Definitely this version as it is more "alive". A beautiful view of the cathedral very well presented and an interesting note. Have a good week.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-04-10 23:45
L'arche fait un excellent cadre pour mettre en valeur la cathédrale qui resplendit sous la belle lumière. J'aime le graphisme, le ciel bleu et la végétation du premier plan.
Kielia (23711) 2011-04-11 0:59
I like your approach on this fascinating cathedral.
This is once again outstanding photo work and a beautiful composition with a fantastic atmosphere. And this time it is the note that is even more interesting! But I have to confess that it is this shaft of light that is really causing a bit of annoyance! Therefore I prefer the photo in WS.
My compliments for another useful lesson in the best spirit of this site!
jhm (140110) 2011-04-11 3:51
Truly a art picture through your chose angle, with the black frame.
also a wonderful light on these neo gotic church, splendid picture.
You chose an excellent angle this gives depth and perspective.
Nice contrast picture, pleasant for look at.
Very well done, TFS.
daddo (24420) 2011-04-11 5:09
Merhaba Bulent Bey. I intended to get back to this image as it made a strong impression on me when I first saw it. In particular I like the bold composition with the inclusion of the arch which in its graceful curves act as a frame and a contrast to the more intricate forms of the cathedral. As for the spot of light, I actually appreciate the revelation of the wood grain and the nature of the arch's material. Great lighr and clarity. Selamlar. Klaudio.
asajernigan (21298) 2011-04-11 10:26
I like your composition here using the archway to frame the tower. The lighting and colors are great and the photo has excellent sharpness. The dark archway provides nice contrast for the white Cathedral.
lucasgalodoido (21093) 2011-04-11 13:40
very interesting view here from windws, withh good natural canvas. The construction is wonderful, and I like of the colors too. Great job, my friend.
shevchenko (19351) 2011-04-11 23:30
Amazing magnificent architecture, lovely cathedral in traditional style, I like the gardening too, the cathedral is just beautiful no matter looking through which pov, thanks for sharing.
CMJC (4026) 2011-04-12 3:56
sortant peu de mes montagnes... j'ai été tout d'abord surprise de voir une telle architecture en Amérique; mais oui le style gothique a été recopié mainte fois et ce n'est pas un mal d'ailleurs!
j'aime les photos encadrées par un élement d'architecture, avec en plus le jardin en plan intermédiaire la composition de cette image est plus qu'abréable.
indéniablement après avoir cherché la différence entre le post principal et le WS (vue en faisant la comparaison "side by side") c'est le WS qui a ma préférence; non pas que ce détail en bois gène vraiment mais c'est plutôt que en tout noir il n'y a pas de distraction possible.
JCG (35129) 2011-04-12 5:49
Effective use of the polarizing filter here emphasizing well contrasts of light on this beautiful architecture. This beautiful arch out of wooden brings more solemnity to the place I find and creates an interesting framing. Obviously this blue sky emphasizes well the building. Beautiful photographic eye Bülent and thank you for the always enthralling note, and cheer for your talents of draftsman, I like much your draft in WS.
With all my friendships of Versailles, under a fresher air, and a very good day,
jlbrthnn (76037) 2011-04-12 7:37
I like this composition among which the light, the forms and the colors, are revealings by this dark arc. The architecture seems even more spectacular. This photo completes well the series of photos about this impressive religious building. Very good quality. Bravo.
Have a nice day
danos (87551) 2011-04-12 7:44
very nice your idea to use this vantage point with the Tudor arch to creates a fine frame from this opposite part of the National Cathedral.I like the excellent contrast of the white and the blue, as the great architectural details of the construction,with the informative notes to complete the image.
worldcitizen (7083) 2011-04-12 12:53
I think this is your best of the Cathedral photos you have posted. Using the gazebo arch as a frame is beautiful, and you have such a great,blue sky. We can really appreciate the architecture in this photo. I also like your ink sketch very much. Personally, I prefer the WS photo without the shaft of light. It just seems to pull my eyes away a bit from the rest of this beautiful photo.
cagla (4182) 2011-04-12 13:57
Harika bir çerçeveleme olmuş Cathedral'e. Bu son derece estetik mimari de ancak böyle çerçevelenerek vurgulanabilirdi. Tebrikler, elinize sağlık.
zoomer (6) 2011-04-12 17:35
What a hideaway you had!The white walls of the Cathedral are impessive in detail and highlights.Perfectly exposed image.Friendly regards Wolfgang.
Silvio1953 (123689) 2011-04-13 11:13
Ciao Bulent, fantastic frame for wonderful architecture, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
francio64 (38276) 2011-04-13 12:59
la vista della Cattedrale attraverso il Gazebo, rende l'immagine originale.
Eccellente lo sharp e la definizione in tutta l'area fotografata.
Bellissima luce e grande contrasto cromatico tra la Cattedrale e il cielo.
Graal (97897) 2011-04-13 23:28
nice view, good idea and natural frame in composition. Beautiful architecture of Cathedral. An interesting informations and WS also. Solid work.
Have a nice day.
jemaflor (85548) 2011-04-14 4:06
beautiful architecture well framed with this arch, good light and sharpness, tfs.
delpeoples (53167) 2011-04-15 21:14
"Extraordinary" is an understatement, in terms of the building itself, your beautiful photo with an inventive POV and...icing on the cake...your ink drawing. It's exquisite, you really have another calling dear Bulent. There are so mnay things to gush about in your photo, and at the top of the list is the precise exposure and absolute definition. As I mentioned before, your POV through the window arch takes this out of the real of being just a pretty post card. Very artistic and the architectural detail (even for such a "young" church) is truly impressive.
Have a lovely evening
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-04-16 3:41
Hello Bulent, if I may professor,
After so many people have already reviewed you achievement. What I can comment on your image may cary a very little meaning. However, I have been looking at this image for some time now. The dark framing in the shape of a pointed arch is made of wood, the light casting on the frame tells us so. The season is perhaps in the spring time, cherry blossoms in the garden tells us so. Soaring quality of the crossing tower together with an overwhelming presence of this beautiful edifice also tell us the importance of this cathedral. Well contrasted overall composition, comfortably framed stone structure, and the atmosphere of the immediate surroundings. All of this information is compressed in a natural and simple manner without making us ever feel overpowered by it. You have probably spent considerable amount of time thinking how you can put all what there is in one frame of photograph without making us becoming aware of it. Ever so naturally you have condensed, composed, and finally succeeded letting the image speaks your message.
Very best regards,
resat1972 (7362) 2011-04-16 13:27
Bülent Bey Merhbaa
güzel bir açıdan nefis bir fotoğraf
Ninello52 (7572) 2011-04-16 15:11
Beautiful Cathedral framed through a window in the Gothic style! Beautiful light and beautiful colors, I like the white church with the beautiful blue of the sky!
Charo (51210) 2011-04-16 16:47
When you view the thumbnail, I thought it was a church of old Europe, and left my mistake...
A beautiful temple with Gothic cathedrals like the French or English.
Superb composition with the arch framing the image. Exclent light and detail.
MLINES (12516) 2011-04-16 19:46
Hi Bulent, Well created the arch and dark frame makes this stand out very well. The blue sky is a huge bonus. Good to see your travels. TFS. Murray
pablominto (53744) 2011-04-16 22:17
An effective framing of National Cathedral indeed!
The bright subject stands well within the dark frame, the scene is well exposed and with great details in the church...
Correct DoF results in sharpness all over, and the image has a great feeling of depth!
Glint (6167) 2011-04-17 3:32
another fine photograph, view and note from you.I am particularly interested in what you say about the "unsettling factor" being required in good art.I can see what you mean with this and the touch of light on the frame adds rather than detracts from the composition. However, I suppose this does not always have to be true. If the subject framed were of a boldly graphic nature, then perhaps a plain black frame would suit better.Nonetheless I shall look out for the unsettling facot when I peruse works of art. My compliments too on your ink sketch, you truly are a Renaissance man!
rodgerg (55767) 2011-04-17 4:34
The arcade in the Fg give depht and too a very graphic framing to the image. The superb architectur of the edifice arise in the Bg with a beautiful chromatic contrast with the blue of the sky.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-04-17 9:32
mi piace il modo con cui hai composto lo scatto facendo risaltare attraverso la cornice scura il candore della cattedrale.
Ottima la definizione,
AiresSantos (56155) 2011-04-17 23:59
Beautiful perspective of this Cathedral in Washington
Excellent POV and colors
Very well handled the light
Have a nice week
kiasari (62) 2011-04-18 22:37
A nice shot with a very good POV and framing. I really like the colors of the photo. Well done!
stny (18) 2011-04-19 2:30
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
WS taki fotograflarla birlikte çok güzel bir sunum olmuş.Bu harika fotografı 2 yıl önce görseydim, kameriye yi bulup aynı yerden görüntülemek isterdim ben de.Gittiğim ülkelerde dostlarımın izini sürmek çok keyifli oluyor.Geçen ay Venedik dönüşü sabah erken gün doğumu öncesi mavi zamanda trene binmeden önce Calatrava köprüsünü çekerken sizi andım.Venedikte ayrıca Barnaba kilisesinde Leonardo da Vinci nin icatlarının maketleri sergileniyordu,gezeken yine kulaklarınızı çınlattım.Washington Katedralini sadece karşıdan şehir turu yaptıran üstü açık otobüsle gezerken gördüm,vakit azlığından inip gezeme şansım olmamıştı,sayenizde yeniden daha detaylarıyla görüyorum şimdi.Washingtonun şu sıra kiraz çiçekleri zamanı,daha önceki muhteşem paylaşımlarınız gibi mutlaka çekimleriniz olmuştur onları da görmek isteriz.
Çok selam ,sevgi ve saygılarımla.
BWJ (3064) 2011-04-20 18:58
Your POV from the gazebo was carefully selected to compose this perfect shot of the Cathedral Tower. The colors, clarity, and light are flawless. The spot of color, the unsettling factor, is appropriate here with your note of explanation. If you used the image in a book of art or on a post card, the workshop might be more pleasing and acceptable. As usual, your work is outstanding.
subhendu_bagchi (25818) 2011-04-22 11:53
it is really a superb architecture and I like your POV and composition. I am surely with the original one and the light on left is not annoying me at all. IMHO it acted here as another point of attraction, which I like more. Great shot with perfect light and excellent depth. I also like the sketch. A nice one. Was it drawn by yourself? Anyway a superb presentation, really enjoyable. Tfs.
Didi (57264) 2011-04-23 1:52
Salam my friend
Marvelous cathedral. I like this old style as I hate modern style.
I prefer the WS :)
Fis2 (86357) 2011-04-24 11:48
Interesting natural framing.
Beautiful cathedral and wonderful tower.
Very impressive picture.
paololg (31448) 2011-04-24 13:39
Ciao dear Bulent,
I have read your consideration in the WS about the bundle of light that illuminates the wood. Personally I prefer the version that you have posted, because the bundle of light attracts the eye in interesting way and it makes us understand that the silhouette of the arc is made out of wood. In every case, it is a detail that embellishes the photo. I appreciate a lot as you you have composed this image creating a pleasant natural frame. An original POV that completes the architectural beauty of this Cathedral. Excellent also the management of the strong light, not easy. Congratulations!
Ciao, have a nice week!
Atousa (7131) 2011-04-25 7:24
A very nice view.. I like the way you framed the shot.. the details n colors are really fine.. thanks for the WS photos..a superb presentation.. tfs
Best wishes, Atousa
Angshu (55942) 2011-05-02 9:14
Dear Professor 'A'
This is unique...I went through all the posts in link & this fame within the frame works excellent! What I also like is the slice of light falling on the wood of the arch. Your sketch is amazing as well...You're certainly one of the most gifted persons I have known & I consider it a privilege!
With Warmest Regards
Urs (14082) 2011-05-16 4:09
Sometimes I shot pictures with double meanings e.g. the real idea behind my mosque reflection shot was to show the danger of the environment. It is too hot for the season, so the harvest is in danger.
Excellent framing I like it. Logically DOF is superb. Very vibrant color hues with high sharpness. Your note as usual is very informative. Really well done.
adores (37679) 2011-05-21 18:53
You framed it so well here! Great to see the tower throught this arch!Light, colours and sharpness are very good!
Jakab (3867) 2011-07-01 13:07
I prefer the original version (No wonder, after your explanation.) but not only because of the "unsettling factor". The photo consists of two spheres, the more remote, showing the real subject therefore "objective", is bright while the closer sphere, producing an intimate atmosphere therefore rather "subjective", is very dark. The light spot is a link between the two spheres connecting the bright and for everybody accessible place with the intimate viewing point of the photographer. (Does not sound it too artificially? With other words, I tried to explain that without this irregular light spot the wooden frame in the foreground would be a mere decorative element. The spot helps the viewer feel the atmosphere.)
mcmtanyel (14137) 2013-05-07 9:32
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
I like self-framed photos. This is a fine example of photos taken through frames. Elegant building rendered skillfully. I especially like the touch of sunshine in the gazebo, proving to a doubting Thomas that the frame within the frame is authentic. TFS
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (35747)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-04-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor, 67mm Circular Polarizer
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): NATIONAL CATHEDRAL, WASHINGTON, DC [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-04-10 3:51
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