Re: [SI] Steeples - What hasn't made the cut
On 1/31/2013 7:22 PM, Eric Stevens wrote:
> I've already explained that there are few worthwhile steeples within
> gunshot of where I live and that I am in any case presently restricted
> in my movements. Instead I've gone to recent archives to extract
> photographs of steeples and the like.
> All the photographs were taken under tourist conditions: no control of
> the site, the distance, the nature or direction of the light, or the
> weather in general. A good photograph is one without a stray head in
> One of my problems is I tend to value content as much the technical
> aspects. A technically lousy photograph of an interesting steeple
> still ranks highly in my general opinion. I know that not everyone
> holds that view (sigh). Anyway, I had to make a decision and the best
> way seemed to be put up the ones which didn't make the cut, thereby
> committing myself by implication to those that did make the cut.
> Here are two from Copenhagen:
> https://dl.dropbox.com/u/31088803/IMG_0088_DxO.jpg is the
> extraordinary spire of "Vor Frelsers Kirke" in Copenhagen. There is a
> stairway to the top of the spire but it runs up the outside! I met
> someone who has climbed it and he said once you get up a bit it feels
> much safer if you go up backwards on the seat of your trousers.
> https://dl.dropbox.com/u/31088803/IMG_0101_DxO.jpg is the spire of St
> Nikolaj Kirke. Just look at all that copper. The mounted gentleman is
> the bishop. The speckled texture is due to overdoing it with DxO. I
> can now do better.
> St Petersberg now:
> https://dl.dropbox.com/u/31088803/IMG_0253_DxO.jpg are the 'spires' of
> the family chapel on Queen Catherine's Palace. They told us "If it
> looks like gold, it probably is gold".
> https://dl.dropbox.com/u/31088803/IMG_0258_DxO.jpg helps put things
> into perspective. You can see about half the servant's quarters to the
> left of the chapel and less than half of the palace-proper to the
> right of the chapel. You can only photograph the whole of this from
> the air.
> https://dl.dropbox.com/u/31088803/IMG_0286_DxO.jpg is the "Peter and
> Paul" Cathedral. The tower is 404' high and very difficult to
> photograph from any accessible site on the ground. The murk was due to
> the hot muggy atmosphere - 36C + high humidity I think it was that
> These photographs are interesting but I don't think any of them are of
> real merit.
OK They are decent "I've been there," shots. Now get your imagination
juices flowing, and create. ;-)
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