Chapter House at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, England.

253 views at 23rd June 2010

This magnificent chamber is the largest chapter house in England. Here the monks would conduct their daily business and organize the running of the cathedral and priory. The height of the room is extraordinary. The central area of the chapter house is an open space, while stone seats ring the walls under arched stone niches. These niches are where the monks would sit in ascending age order. At the far end is a stone seat raised on a dais, where the prior would preside over meetings.

The ceiling here is incredible especially considering the House was built between 1304 and 1320!


Originally shots in RAW, each bracketed -2,0,+2 EV’s, tonemapped in Photomatix Pro to give a final HDR image, stitched in Autopano Pro and finished in CS4

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM lens @ 22mm. ISO 400, f11.

Featured in ‘The Ashes’ Group 2nd February 2010

Featured in ‘Christian Churches, Statues and Crosses’ Group 7th February 2010

Featured in the ‘Photomatix HDR’ Group 12th February 2010

Featured in ‘A view Somewhere ….’ Group 17th February 2010

Featured in ‘HDR Photography’ 23rd June 2010

I was in awe of the workmanship on the ceiling and it can be viewed below.



  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning Bob. It really is best viewed larger. Perfect composition and exquisite light. What a magnificent place.

  • Thank you so much Anna. Yes it is one of those places where you can feel the history and the atmosphere – don’t want to become a monk though – the Cloisters were freezing! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • EarthGipsy
    EarthGipsyalmost 5 years ago

    Wow…Wow…WoWW!!…I could lie on that floor and look at that beiutiful ceiling and stained glass for hours. Fab. image, Bob.

  • Hi Sonia, thank you so much for your lovely comment. Yes quite a place! Just look at that ceiling in the right panel – now you could lie and look! The detail is amazing!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • PhotosByG
    PhotosByGalmost 5 years ago

    When you think Bob, that old Captain Cook didnt even discover Oz till 1770, and this cathedral was already 450 years old at that time, remind me never to post any photos of our ‘old’ cathedrals as you’d probably laugh your head off. Amazing work though and a real treasure Bob.

  • Hey Graham, thanks for your thoughtful comment. Seriously, I was amazed on my visits to Australia on what you have achieved in 240 years! You have a fabulous country with many other treasures than ‘old’ Cathedrals! Everything feels new and vibrant. Best regards. Bob

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Lorraine Creagh
    Lorraine Creaghalmost 5 years ago

    What an amazing place Bob. You’ve done a great job in processing this HDR.

  • Thank you so much Lorraine, I truly appreciate your comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous shot Bob!

  • Thank you so much Torfinn and for favouriting too!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 5 years ago

    Stunning work Bob – I can almost hear the monks chanting :o)

  • Thank you so much Kira, I know what you mean but I didn’t join in!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful shot Bob, what a magnificent building. You really captured this so well.

  • Thank you so much Gary, I appreciate your comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • BCImages
    BCImagesalmost 5 years ago

    great shot Bob

  • Thank you so much Steve.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Geoff Carpenter
    Geoff Carpenteralmost 5 years ago

    That is some window Bob and the ceiling is incredible! Well done.

  • Thanks Geoff. have you not seen this? It is magnificent!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture Bob, an amazing place, thanks for sharing …

  • Thank you so much Tom for your lovely comment.

    – Bob Culshaw

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