Inside York Minster

Uncategorized 21 Jan 07
Inside York Minister

Nothing really prepares you for just how big this place is on the inside. It really does seem twice as big on the inside as on the out. This shot took quite a while to fix. Originally I planned to give it my usual HDR treatment, like on the inside of Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. However I felt I went just a bit over the line on that shot so I reduced the settings for York. I did plan for it to be in black and white too. I tried that but it didn’t look great, and it lost the amazing pearl white ceiling. This was the main issue. They had a perfect white ceiling but warm lights for the rest of the building. So when I ran it through Photomatix it increased the tint. So I redid the source files adjusting the white balance till I was happy with the walls, ignoring the ceiling for the time being. After that I generated the HDR, tone mapped and loaded it into Photoshop. I then fixed the ceiling so it was the same perfect white colour that I remember. I did some other tweaking to the image and saved the final print. In the end I feel the image isn’t too “HDR” and hopefully gives the impression that I just walked in a took it. Cathedrals are like no other buildings for a sense of sheer presence, for a simple wow. I just wish my 10-20 had the same amount of blades as my 24-70 so the light sources looked more starry. Yes, I’m never happy.

Model: Canon 30D // ISO speed: 100 // Shutter Speed: 25 seconds // Aperture: f20.0 // Metering: Average // Flash: OFF // Focal Length: 10.0 // Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 // 3 RAW HDR

Comments 20

  1. Nath says on 21 Jan 07

    Stunning! I love the soft, warm glow fading into white.

  2. Jasper says on 21 Jan 07

    this is awesome. i love it! you spelled ‘flash’ wrong though

  3. Salar says on 21 Jan 07

    Absolutely gorgeous. The high F-stop made those lights really stand out. Great work.

  4. Adam says on 21 Jan 07

    Wow. Seriously awesome shot! Excellent use of shutter speed to eliminate people from the shot (I assume there were lots of people in there?)

  5. Pete says on 21 Jan 07

    There were enough people yeah. Thankfully cameras can do fun things to help :)

  6. George Holmes says on 5 Feb 07

    I first saw your name on http://.del.icio,us and followed that to your site about HDR. From there I viewed your gallery and became overwhelmed by the captures and resulting artworks that you have created. I then had to, naturally, nominate you in about 4 categories for the 2007 Bloggies. Keep up the good work.
    gholmes1936

  7. Nelson says on 8 Feb 07

    Great shot, I love the colour of it and the feel of the whole thing. The detail of the little staircase to the right give it a little kicker.
    I think you’re wrong about the blades though, the six-pointed starlights look spot on.

  8. York360 says on 12 Feb 07

    Nice shot, looks like York Minster is made from gold and jewels!
    My Panoramic Photos of York Minster

  9. Paula says on 19 Nov 07

    I love this shot Pete, it is stunning.

  10. Jim - 365,000 words says on 30 Sep 08

    It really is the ceiling that pushes this into exceptional territory. (It’s also odd to see a cathedral like this empty of any seating and just so wide open.)

  11. phil says on 12 Oct 08

    very nice work and excellent exposure. i like the detail along with the light. the light is perfect and very well photographed. another beautiful photo.

  12. Mick says on 16 Dec 08

    Pete,if all photographers only had one iota of your talented eyes the world of photography would be a better place

  13. Darwin says on 24 Jan 10

    Its still a fantastic. The angle view with wide lens is well balanced.

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