As I’ve now photographed four cathedrals – well, three and a minster – I thought it would be good to show some of the best shots on one page. I’ve also noted my favourite features of each building.
If you’ve not read any of my posts about photographing cathedrals before, it started out as somewhere to photograph on a rainy day. That’s why most of the shots are of the interior. Far more planning and patience would be required to achieve good exterior shots where the light and conditions are more critical.
York Minster photography
Its scale, stained glass windows and the added bonus you can climb the tower for fantastic views of historic York are the standout features of York Minster.
Lichfield Cathedral photography
It was a particularly drab day when I visited Lichfield Cathedral. Although I actually quite like the exterior shots. For me it’s the exterior, with all of its 160 statues, that makes Lichfield worth a visit. The lichen and weathering give the cathedral a great look and there’s lots of interesting detail shots you can take. I’d love to capture the exterior by drone for a different perspective.
St David’s Cathedral photography
This was the first cathedral I ever visited, on drab day on the stunning Pembrokeshire coast. It has my favourite ceiling, wooden and beautifully painted. I’ve included a cropped image, so you can see the texture of the paint and wood. Not sure how high the ceiling is, but it’s beyond the reach of my stepladders.
Luck was on my side on the day the below shots were taken. It was a Sunday morning and they’d burned incense which had drifted up and created the shaft of light you can see coming from the window.
Norwich Cathedral photography
I can’t think of Norwich cathedral without recalling the £150 repair bill to my compact camera I dropped whilst I was there. Ouch. Forgetting my clumsiness, the cathedral’s cloister is a definite highlight. Something to bare in mind is the interior/exterior lighting – and this goes for any cathedral. I’d taken a number of shots before the natural light faded and they turned on the lights. It was immediately apparent that the artificial light made for a better shot, so I had to reshoot most of what I’d taken. Not a problem, I’m sure second time round my compositions were that bit more precise.
It’s become clear that every cathedral has its own special something – I can’t wait to see what the next one has to offer.