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The Central Alter in the Cathedral Basilica St. Louis Missouri by barnsis

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The Central Alter in the Cathedral Basilica is around 60 feet tall which gives you an idea of how huge the inside of this cathedral really is. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Missouri contains one of the largest mosaic collections in the world. There are 41.5 million pieces of glass tesserae ~ individual mosaic pieces about an inch square ~ placed by the German firm of August Wagner. Twenty different artists worked on the mosaics, which were installed between 1912 and 1988. Each little mosaic piece is about one inch square and every where you look there are different mosaic scenes.

The light is low in the cathedral so I used a tripod with a Nikon D90 and Nikkor 50mm lens. The camera was set on program mode ~ f1.4 ~ 1.6s ~ white balance, auto ~ light metering +1 ~ shot in RAW and edited in Photoshop CS6 Raw editor

If you are ever in St. Louis this is a must see. There is no charge of course and you are welcome to walk around and take photos of all the mosaics except during mass.

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  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    How gorgeous! Look at all those pipes for the organ too. I bet they sound heavenly. :o) Great capture.

  • Thank you, yes they have an amazing organ and it is portable, not sure how it works but they can play if from different locations.

    – barnsis

  • PineSinger
    PineSingerover 1 year ago

    Beautiful cathedral, what lovely architecture!

  • Thank you, it is quite impressive

    – barnsis

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerover 1 year ago

    Beautiful ! ! Even at first glance the European influence was obvious and your description definitely placed this Basilica on my “bucket list”. In the meantime, I hope we see some more of your images.

  • Thank you Trish, it is a challenge to photo with the low light, next time, and there will be more next times, I will use the same manual settings but with a different lens

    – barnsis

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 1 year ago


  • Thank you very much, I am honored

    – barnsis

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 1 year ago

    Wonderful capture. looks beautiful.

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • Evita
    Evitaover 1 year ago

    Beautiful architecture… fantastic capture !!! ☺♥

  • Thank you

    – barnsis

  • BarbL
    BarbLover 1 year ago

    In a word: WOW!! That is just gorgeous! Very nicely presented, Bro!

  • Thank you Sis, I have been here several time but now I think I know how to shoot the inside of this one.

    – barnsis

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

  • Thank you very much Lori, this is an honor

    – barnsis

  • Marie Sharp
    Marie Sharpover 1 year ago

  • Thank you very much Marie, I am truly honored

    – barnsis

  • ✿✿ Bonita ✿✿ ђєℓℓσ

    Congratulations on your feature nicely done and presented
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  • Thank you Bonita

    – barnsis

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