The Lady Chapel – Anglican Cathedral

This place is really quite tough to photograph. You’ve got polar opposite light sources with the strong orange ceiling lights and the large very blue stained glass windows. Its tricky. If you adjust the white balance to compensate for the orange lights the walls turn blue. If you drop the saturation it doesn’t quite look right. This image has already had the saturation dropped a fair bit as it stands. Its an amazing place and often over-looked in the cathedral because its tucked away in a corner. More information is available on the cathedral’s site

In other news the Liverpool Twestival was a huge success as the pics show. Lots of people turned up.


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11 thoughts on “The Lady Chapel – Anglican Cathedral”

  1. I tried a b&w but I found that it swallowed the image up. It was too hard to really see things. At least this way they’re colour coded.

  2. As a technical illustration it looks great Pete, but unless I simply dosh out platitudes, the HDR effect is too obvious and lacks all feeling and atmosphere of old religious buildings. As you say, it was hard to photograph, almost certainly because of low light, so the HDR has killed it for me. Your snow shots OTOH were totally awesome with the technique!

  3. @Glyn – The light isn’t really low. As you can see the ceiling is well lit and there are huge windows. The issue is the variety of colour. Orange lit ceiling and blue light from the windows. You label something as HDR and its always going to be to blame. By the way, this building was completed in 1978. There are older office blocks in Liverpool.

  4. Hiya Pete,

    Thanks for your reply. OK age and darkness aside, which has to be an assumption from any viewer not knowing the place, it still looks like a drawn illustration, not a human visual experience, it just looks totally unnatural and therefore I can find no human emotional response for it, sorry. It’s not even an anti HDR thing as I am sure there are clever and subtle uses for the process, as seen in some of your other images. I hope that as a fellow professional you will appreciate I am not knocking this for the hell of it, but I find sycophantic comments, (aka Flickr) really hard to stomach. I REALLY enjoy both some of your illustrative HDR, and non HDR stuff, but nevertheless find so much HDR soulless, clever but without spirit. This image will illustrate the form and function superbly from an architectural perspective, but still lacks all atmosphere (for me at least). Respectfully nevertheless, Glyn

  5. @Glyn – None of my HDR work is illustrative. I’m a photographer. I have one aim and that is to show people what I saw. What *I* saw. I saw this. Amazing architecture. I want people to feel 1 foot tall as I do when I walk into places like these. Its just so overpowering and no-one does this anymore. Its incredible that some of the most amazing buildings have been made simply to praise God.

    So as this image has been processed further in both Lightroom and Photoshop, can you tell me why the HDR stands out as the bad point? Assuming you can tell the HDR from all the other adjustments I made.

    By the way I get these comments on Flickr too. Its not all “Nice shot.”

  6. This is one of those photoblogger pictures that stops me dead in my web surfing tracks and need to type something to note the WOW you created here.


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