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Altar - Truro Cathedral by Bob Culshaw


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A 21 frame HDR panorama (7 frames x 3 sweeps) of the High Altar and Reredos at Truro Cathedral, Cornwall, England. Stitched in Autopano Pro, tonemapped in Photomatix Pro and finished in CS4. The Reredos’ theme is sacrifice, and which shows Christ both as crucified and then glorified.

Taken on The Great West Country Getaway 2010

36 inches x 36 inches


623 views at 19th May 2011

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM Lens at 28mm. ISO 400, f8 various exposures.

The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Truro is an Anglican cathedral located in the city of Truro, Cornwall, in the United Kingdom. It was built in the Gothic Revival architectural style fashionable during the period, and is one of only three cathedrals in the United Kingdom with three spires.

The See (or Diocese)of Truro was established in 1876 and the first Bishop Edward White Benson consecrated in 1877: this was the first cathedral to be built on a new site in England since Salisbury Cathedral in 1220. Construction began in 1880 on the site of the sixteenth-century parish church (St Mary the Virgin) to a design by the architect John Loughborough Pearson, a leading figure of the 19th century Gothic Revival. The design combines the Early English style with certain French characteristics, chiefly spires and rose windows. Truro’s resemblance to Lincoln Cathedral is not coincidental: Pearson had been appointed as Lincoln’s Cathedral Architect and the first Bishop of Truro, Edward Benson, had previously been Canon Chancellor at Lincoln. The central tower and spire stands 250 feet (76 m) tall, while the western towers reach to 200 feet (61 m).

Featured in ‘Style, Class and Elegance’ Group 23rd April 2010

Featured in ‘Religious Architecture’ Group 24th April 2010

Featured in ‘A View Somewhere……’ Group 25th April 2010

Featured in ‘The 100-499 viewings’ Group 28th April 2010

Featured in the ‘Devon and Cornwall’ Group May 2010

Featured in ‘Featured Photographers’ Group 23rd May 2010

Featured in ‘All Things Photographic’ Group 24th September 2010

Featured in ‘HDR The Purist’ Group 28th September 2010



  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

    Wonderful work Bob!

  • Thank you so much Ray, and for favouriting too!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 4 years ago

    I just can’t even fathom where to begin with such a project like the mega image stitches that you pull together with such expertise Bob, but here you’ve done it again. An absolute masterpiece, crisp in detail, perfect in light and just bursting with size trying to jump out of my monitor and look as real and impressive as the real thing!

  • Thank you so much Stuart, you are so generous. Regarding the stitching I can’t recommend Autopano Pro too highly – it handles images of this size without breaking into a sweat. Best regards.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • RedEyes
    RedEyesover 4 years ago

    outstanding work Bob

  • Thank you so much Dave, I truly appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesover 4 years ago

    Spectacular work Bob, beautifully done

  • Thank you so much Kelvin, i really appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • etienneUK
    etienneUKover 4 years ago

    Awesome shot Bob!

    Thank you for sharing your work with the Photomatix HDR Group. This wonderful example of a Photomatix-processed image has been accepted into the Group!

  • Thank you for your lovely comment Etienne.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Brunoboy
    Brunoboyover 4 years ago

    Great shot Bob. Also a very difficult building to photograph from the outside.

  • Hi Bruno – thanks for your lovely comment. Yes almost impossible I would think. Raining heavily when I went so didn’t spend much time on the exterior!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 4 years ago

    Super work Bob …

  • Thank you so much Tom, I appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you Cee.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Dave Godden
    Dave Goddenover 4 years ago

    Another excellent composition Bob

  • Thank you so much Dave – I appreciate that.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellover 4 years ago

    Bob this is amazing. One of the best HDR images I have seen in a long time.
    Just amazing!

  • Andrew – what can I say? That is a fantastic compliment and am so thrilled, thank you.

    – Bob Culshaw

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