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Mission Accomplished

This was my goal the Friday I arrived in London 2 weekends ago:  St. Paul's Cathedral.  We had missed it when we were in London back in 2002.  There is a dome, of course, but it's hiding in this pic of the western facade.

One of our travel books at home listed it as the #1 cathedral in the world from a list of the Top Ten.  I had to see it.  I was not disappointed!  Two more pics will follow.



Mission Accomplished

This was my goal the Friday I arrived in London 2 weekends ago:  St. Paul's Cathedral.  We had missed it when we were in London back in 2002.  There is a dome, of course, but it's hiding in this pic of the western facade.

One of our travel books at home listed it as the #1 cathedral in the world from a list of the Top Ten.  I had to see it.  I was not disappointed!  Two more pics will follow.



comments (26)

very nice capture ginnie. i like the angle you went with here. the framing of the branches around the subject works well. the mood and lighting is perfect in my eyes. a well shot photo for an over cast day!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Genevieve. Thanks a million.
I cannot imagine what is coming, but I doubt it'll beat this one! Wow. Just the angle by itself makes this photo, and if we add the beautiful composition, with the branches on the sides, the light and the asymmetrical clock, we get a million dollars photo!
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Samira, it's not the outside that makes this a fantastic cathedral, from my view. Wait till 2 days from now when I take you inside!

In the meantime, thanks for your lovely comment!
PS: I just noticed that genevieve (the mysterious person I was asking about) said essentially the same things I did! Oh well, I might not be original but at least I am agreed with!
Ginnie Hart: HA! smile
Nice church Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Zeb. Apparently a lot of other people also think so. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 6 Mar 2007, 07:29
You always come up with this stuff. So who decided against which criteria that this is the #1 cathedral (not that we have any cathedrals to speak of in SA)? Does it house the most active congregation? Is it best conserved? Architectural? Actually to do a crit on the building (not the pic) it looks more like some government structure than a church - not that it is bad - it also means it is not onto the standard rows of spires that reaches to high heavens.

The picture itself is a good one with excellent detail, with at least a nice clock for Ginnie. The angle is different. No here comes another 'point' - something I have been struggling with.

The two spires seems to be leaning towards each other. The way it happens is a result of the angles you have under your feet, the camera pointing at the buidling, the light falling through concave and convecs lenses etc until you have what is referred to as camera distortion. In PS you have tools to fix camera distortion. I have some buildings I am trying to correct with those tools, but have yet to come to a real satisfactory solution. Now I am wondering what does the high priests say about leaning spires? I have read articles about building photography - but haven't happened on one with clear solutions/approaches on the leaning spires. The leaning building are rather clear, but not the spires.

In your case they look fine, but it is always disturbing to me to see how many building shots seems to be falling over - if the pic is a good one a get a giddy feeling from that.
Ginnie Hart: Good questions, Louis, about who came up with the "scoring." To be honest, I think it's because of the inside ceiling of the nave towards the High Altar, which I will show in 2 days. That's when you think "Spectacular!" I don't think the rating comes from the external structure.

I totally know what you mean about the camera distortion. I have the PS tools to fix it and actually HAVE fixed barrelled columns before. But it's tedious and not as pleasing as I would have thought. In cases like here, I try to get an angle that bothers me the least and then do nothing to correct it. The easy way out! smile
I have to agree with Genevieve on this one. Great angle and the branches give this shot the WOW effect. Good one Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Thomas. You're very kind.
very nice angle Ginnie, by the light I can say that you took this shot at 1:18 pm.
I can see why it has been listed top 1 !
Ginnie Hart: You are so very clever, Dafredo. You almost had me there for a second on the light timing. smile

Wait till we get to the inside 2 days from now! That's when you'll see what it's listed at the top.
This is a beauty. I work about five minutes walk from St. Pauls and I will go there today at lunch time a view it from this angle..
Ginnie Hart: I have som other angles, Shakara, especially where the dome can be seen. But as you probably know, at this western facade, to get the whole thing head-on up close you'd be standing in the middle of the street. I hope you take your own pics at lunch today. smile
Looks like you hit a cord with Louis ! I've never been into this building, don't know why but I want to change that so I'm looking forward to seeing your next few pics. Your trip aong the way has been very insightful, thanks for that Ginnie, smile
Ginnie Hart: You're most welcome, Johnny, and thanks for your kind comment. Wait till we go inside 2 days from now! That's what you'll want to see some day!
  • Neil Tandy
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 6 Mar 2007, 11:01
Well photographed Ginnie. Perspective distortion is a pain, and don't ask me how to correct it, I haven't a clue!! Glad you got a nice clock in there to feed your passion!! smile Kind regards, Neil.-x-
Ginnie Hart: This clock is nothing, Neil, compared to what you'll see tomorrow, up close and personal! smile But thanks for your kind comment anyway.

This is what I told Louis about the camera distortion: "I totally know what you mean about the camera distortion. I have the PS tools to fix it and actually HAVE fixed barrelled columns before. But it's tedious and not as pleasing as I would have thought. In cases like here, I try to get an angle that bothers me the least and then do nothing to correct it. The easy way out!"
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 6 Mar 2007, 11:37
It's so strange to see this - and no dome. I'm trying to figure out if it's hiding just beyond the spires, or is it a different part of the structure? I agree the photo is very pleasing at this angle, and the lighting and sky and color tones are quite nice.

As for the distortion, I actually find it interesting in photographs. But I admire anyone who knows how to fix something on PS that I don't know. (And believe me, that's a whole lot of people and knowledge.)
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your kind comment, Ruth. The dome is hiding behind the left tower. I have other pics with it in view but not here.

This is what I told Louis about the camera distortion: "I totally know what you mean about the camera distortion. I have the PS tools to fix it and actually HAVE fixed barrelled columns before. But it's tedious and not as pleasing as I would have thought. In cases like here, I try to get an angle that bothers me the least and then do nothing to correct it. The easy way out!"
good angle this way
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Chantal.
I have been a fan of Sir Christopher Wren's work for years and this shot does it justice.
Ginnie Hart: So, so glad to hear that, Martin. Whew!
  • Mia
  • 6 Mar 2007, 17:03
It's magnificent! Glad you could visit it and share it on here Ginnie smile The cloudy day brings out the Cathedral ina very unique way. I don't think a sunny day would have brought the same results.

By the way, is a tower clock missing on the left, or there's not supposed to be one there?
Ginnie Hart: I agree about the cloudy day, Mia. But I'm a fan of overcast skies! smile

I was wondering the same thing about the hole in the left tower. I haven't a clue!
its a fantastic building...lovely architectural shot...
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Sam.
how beautiful! Great angle for this shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jen!
  • mal
  • 6 Mar 2007, 20:40
Hey Ginnie, I hope that you enjoyed your time in the big smoke? St Pauls is one of those places that I keep promising myself to visit properly, i've been many times but never taken the time to look in detail, it's a great place. All the best. Mal
Ginnie Hart: Thank you for your kind comment, Mal. I suddenly wish I were back to see all the things I missed. For instance, I wish now I had walked all around the perimeter of the cathedral but it never once occurred to me to do so while I was there. What was I thinking???
You finally got there! smile Very nice picture and very English sky.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Dani, I did indeed get there. Thank God! Thanks.
beautiful building. nice idea for your shot!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Nicola.
Its a beautiful building Ginnie, I'm drawn to it each time we visit London smile
Ginnie Hart: I certainly can see why, Chris!
  • Ellie
  • New Forest, Hampshire, England
  • 6 Mar 2007, 22:20
It's called perspective ... if you'd got a picture starting off at the bottom of the building the whole thing would lean inwards with the vertical lines appearing to meet at a 'vanishing point' somewhere up in the sky. Same with a line of telegraph poles vanishing into the distance... That's my story and I'm sticking with it!

Ah, St Paul's. Well, I cheated and have seen one or two more tongue I was wondering which one you'd share on here, and this one's perfect. Everybody's 'seen' the dome, not many have seen the façade like this.

Look at that sky! Typically British! You'd think it'd have run out of refills by now!
Ginnie Hart: HA! How could I ever forget about perspective and the vanishing point! But of course! That's MY story, too, and I'm sticking to it. smile

You are quite the sneak, I see. But I'm honored, Ellie. Thank you. I wonder if you have quessed which inside pic I have chosen for tomorrow (Thursday). smile

Believe it ot not, I quite like British sky!
  • Ellie
  • 7 Mar 2007, 15:14
Forgot to say yesterday, the North Tower is a bell tower which is why there's the opening, to let the sound out.
I meant to look up a link but forgot, here it is
http://www.stpauls.co.uk/page.aspx?theLang=001lngdef&pointerID=66393zFWMZbkbuVFDQNnOHh4CU4IWkWX
Ginnie Hart: Wow, Ellie! That's amazing info on that NW tower and the bells. Another reason for why this cathedral is deemed #1 on that list! Thanks for the link!!!
I like this angle very much... And the way you've included branches on the sides... Really good !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you ever so kindly, Roland. I actually like it when branches are present for a natural frame.
The sky adds drama to the pic and thats good, the branches works well as a framing...to my opinion smile I like the close up better smile
Ginnie Hart: I like the close-up better as well, Aksel, but I almost always like to give a context first. Thanks for your comment.
Wow, that's quite a building! The sky and the branches do add drama to the photo. Why is there a clock on one side and a hollow space on the other side? Has something fallen off, I what wonder... smile
Ginnie Hart: HA. Others have wonderd the same thing, Kedar. Ellie says the one on the left is an opening for the bell tower (with a link to it as follows):
http://www.stpauls.co.uk/page.aspx?theLang=001lngdef&pointerID=66393zFWMZbkbuVFDQNnOHh4CU4IWkWX
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 23 Mar 2007, 07:39
Like you I went to London and totally missed going to St Pauls, so now I have to go back. Enjoyed looking at your pics.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Aussie, for stopping by and commenting! Welcome to SC!

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