Edwin Jones

Edwin Jones

Posted on 10/14/2011


Photo taken on August 29, 2011




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Salisbury Cathedral Altar

Salisbury Cathedral Altar
The Shot

This view looks towards the High Altar and behind that The Trinity Chapel which is the furthest end of the Cathedral from the entrance.

It was in 1220 AD that this Gothic style Cathedral was built to replace the old Norman Cathedral at Old Sarum.
The main body of Salisbury Cathedral which includes the tower and West Front were completed in a mere 38 years in the same style. Because they take so many generations to build, almost all other English Cathedrals are a mixture of different architectural styles.

The huge Cloister (the largest in England) and the magnificent Chapter House (containing the Magna Carta) were added later. Then in the 14th century the most daring and astonishing addition was made. The tower was raised and on top of it they built the slender soaring spire which we see today, completing the Cathedral 95 years after work first started

History from the Salisbury Cathedral Website www.salisburycathedral.org.uk

Salisbury Cathedral is very Photographer friendly. There are no restrictions except during services and in the part housing the Magna Carta. Tripods can be freely used provided other visitors are not obstructed. I got there at 9.00 am for people free views.

The picture was taken with a Sony A700 with a Sigma 10-20 wide angle zoom at 10mm. Taken on a Tripod. 3 raw images 2EV spacing. Opened in Photoshop first and each image noise reduced with Noiseware Pro and saved as tiffs

Photomatix

Outputted in Photomatrix to detail enhancer. Click the Camera name top right for Exif details and the settings used.

Photoshop

General adjustments in levels and curves to enhance. Layer masks used to exclude highlight areas

Vibrance layer increase 9 points

Saturation adjustment layer slight reduction in the master and slight increase in yellows to bring up the lights.

Original image -0EV copied in as new layer with layer mask and brush at varying opacities used to reduce highlights in some windows and some areas of the back columns.

Original image -2EV copied in as new layer with layer mask and brush at varying opacities used bring out detail in the brighter stained glass.

Noiseware Pro

Unsharp Mask a little sharpening low radius and higher amount.

Duplicate layer with mask to apply extra sharpening and contrast to some areas of the walls the floor and the altar with low amount and high radius.

Last step was to use image- adjustments- shadows and Highlights in a layer with mask to reduce highlights further in rear windows.

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For Licensing and more pictures see Edwin Jones Photography

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