Yesterday I had a lovely walk with my daughter up the "Royal Mile" in Edinburgh and we did a quick reconnaissance (unfortunately without tripod) around the interior of The High Kirk of Edinburgh, sometimes erroneously called St. Giles' Cathedral. For although the title of "Cathedral" gives an idea of this church's magnificent scale, it was only strictly correct for two short periods when Bishops served in the Scottish Church, from 1633-8 and from 1661-89, under the reigns of Charles I and Charles II respectively.
Next time I shall certainly take my tripod because the interior of this church is really quite dim. However, I mananged a few pictures with the ISO wound up to 6400 with amazingly little "noise". For any photographers wishing to explore this place, it is very well worth the £2 fee to be allowed to take photographs in here - and there's no restriction on the use of flash or tripods either, which is amazing. There are also very well informed visitor guides too and an extremely pleasant gentleman approached us and gave us lots of interesting information about the building and its history.
This picture is of the relatively new organ whiich is a splendid instrument built in 1992 by the Austrian firm of Rieger Orgelbau, in consultation with organists Herrick Bunney and Peter Hurford. The instrument, with its distinctive case of Austrian oak designed by Douglas Laird, stands in the South Transept and is completely new, except for the Pedal Open Wood 16' and the Bombarde 32' which were retained from the previous instrument (Willis III 1940). In addition, the lowest seven pipes of the old 32' Double Open Wood are mounted at the back of the case and form the bass of the Untersatz 32' - the remaining metal pipes of which form part of the façade. The instrument possesses mechanical key and stop action. There are 57 speaking stops spread over three manual divisions and the pedal division. The louvred top of the central pipe tower contains a chromatic ring of 37 Whitechapel bells, which are playable from the Swell manual and from the Pedal.
If you're interested, you can see and hear more about this organ in a little YouTube video here. You can also read more about St. Giles on the official St. Giles' website here.
And, for those of you who really appreciate imaging, you can see a fine interactive panorama of the interior of the church if you follow this Panoramic Earth link - you can just catch a glimpse of the organ here too.
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lousat (79151) 2012-02-24 4:25
Hi John,what a perfect capture! Not easy a magnificent result like that in the difficult light of a church interior.Impressive camera settings for the best result,i like in particular the details and the magic light balance.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano.
bayno (18342) 2012-02-24 5:25
beautiful symmetry and lovely lights, despite the 6400 ISO I do not see any kind of noise, and despite low shutter speeds do not even shake, the organ is fantastic, I have carefully read the note because I'm always interested in the 'art and this is a small masterpiece of art and engineering, very nice also the cathedral, a fortune to shoot with the trepoid, I would is possible in the churches in Rome,
SnapRJW (31617) 2012-02-24 5:43
Wow 6400 ISO John.... were's the grain? There must have been a little. Congratulations on an excellent shot and very fine PP work. I thought you must have used a tripod for this as apart from being a fine interior shot the light management is exceptionally good. Beautiful colours, the reds and greens rich and gorgeous. I too shall have to take a turn to this fine church. Our time in Scotland was much too short. Warm regards Rosemary
jester5 (2022) 2012-02-24 5:47
Perfect symmetry and a beautiful photograph.Perspective
and light are exceptional. Really great image John.
Enjoy your weekend
krzychu30 (15510) 2012-02-24 5:53
beautiful interior .It´s amazing,that there is practically no noise at such high ISO value and we can enjoy wonderful view and admire many architectural details.Perfect execution!
ChrisJ (100806) 2012-02-24 7:09
Impeccable sharpness & a good upward pov in this superb interior architectural shot of the cathedral. Well managed lighting with punchy contrast yet no appreciable oe. The person at right adds scale. Have a great weekend!
saxo042 (37594) 2012-02-24 8:25
A very interesting vertical panorama with the sharp lines of all the organ pipes at the centre. A very interesting note!
jjcordier (77488) 2012-02-24 8:46
Même sans trépied, tu as obtenu une excellente photo de cette superbe orgue sans bruit apparent(merci le 5D!). J'aime le cadrage large qui montre l'architecture intérieure de l'église et les couleurs chaudes de l'image.
delpeoples (53665) 2012-02-24 19:42
Wow ISO 6200 and no noise! That toy of yours really works well at high ISOs. And the wide-angle lens is working superbly too. Fantastic perspective and sharpness - you have a pretty steady hand at 1/20 seconds. Beautiful colours and excellent details in the architecture. A superb shot you should be congratulated on. I look forward to more of your Edinburgh shots.
annjackman (20283) 2012-02-25 1:02
You had a steady hand that day! Not easy to get such a sharp picture at 1/20 sec. The light and colours are magnificent as is the church interior. The shiny organ and vaulted ceiling are very impressive. Well worth the visit.
Best wishes, Ann
timecapturer (49288) 2012-02-25 3:52
an impressive interior and captured superbly. Amazing detail and the light is so special in conveying the atmosphere and beauty of the place and this superb organ. Executed with aplomb and real style. Love it!
Enjoy the weekend - regards Brian.
maria-v1981 (10816) 2012-02-25 5:53
Always fascinated me these musical instruments and from the cinematographic films it is misleaded a type of mystery. The light management is perfect. And all these details and textures are amazing. The atmosphere is full of silence and faith.
Enjoy the day,
MJR (3360) 2012-02-25 7:29
This is - er um, gorgeous!
Beautiful colours, marvellous symmetry, magnificent architecture, and oh, those sounds... Love the link to 180º hemispherical view too..
Of course, all well presented by yourself with a great POV and technical accuracy.. The high ISO is not apparent at all; neat job, sir !
Good job all round
Off to Durham for a couple of days, what delights can I bring back from there...
williewhistler (14791) 2012-02-25 14:05
Hello John, by cranking up the ISO and using a steady hand you`ve captured a super shot,even including a figure to give a nice sense of scale.
This really stands out from the crowd,one more for the album..
Best regards Les.
mesutilgim (86688) 2012-02-25 14:17
Very nice interior capture with perfect pov and perfect ligth management.
Good graphism and many good and usefull notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Royaldevon (31331) 2012-02-26 2:06
You without a tripod, me without my camera, when wonderful opportunities arise but I think we both made the best of what we had.
This really is a fine, steady shot, without tripod. The symmetrical composition emphasises regularity of the design. The gap between the choir stalls? makes a funnel through which the viewers travel to the focal organ.
The ceiling decoration is stunning and, with the columns, makes the perfect, natural border.
Have a good day,
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-02-26 4:47
This is fantastic composition of light, colors and colorful details! your photo is placed in absolute symmetry and for sure has a very strong feeling..superb interior shot! very well done.
RhodieIke (11742) 2012-02-26 23:05
Hi John, See you have been confessing again, in this fantastic Kirk, and you had to pay, as well, ha ha, fantastic Dof,well managed light, looks difficult bouncing off the pipes, Well done, Hope you had a good weekend, Cheers Iain.
macjake (57888) 2012-02-27 7:59
i chose this photo of yours because of the strong lines, curves, forms, and overall symmetry, its one of those photos that just seems to fit the viewers eye so well.
and i like how the silver or chrome illuminates and shines.
fine indoor shot without any noise, its a great photo.
holmertz (42815) 2012-02-27 8:22
The interior of this church is remarkable and your composition has a great symmetry. The light management is excellent with every detail well exposed. Whether or not you actually intended to include the person to the right, his (?) presence is a fine detail.
Silvio1953 (125685) 2012-02-28 0:45
Ciao John, great perspective on fantastic interior, lovely symmetryc composition, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
agjika (3616) 2012-03-02 9:57
Impressive what you can get at 6400!and no tripod wow! You have got the highlight very well under control and plenty of detail in the shadows.
I feel that the other end is a bit too narrow, sort of squeezed unnaturally but this sort of shots you canno avoid the wide angle effect.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20958)
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- Date Taken: 2012-02-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
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- Date Submitted: 2012-02-24 4:22