Nave, Carlisle Cathedral, Cumbria, England by Bob Culshaw

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Unfortunately, on arrival I was advised that I could not use my tripod without a permit and the gentleman who handled those affairs was not there on that day! So, I was unable to do my normal panorama shots here and had to resort to handheld! However, Carlisle Cathedral is the smallest Cathedral in England and it would have been difficult to do my normal multi-sweep panorama here because of the limited space.

This is an HDR image of the Nave and East Window which is spectacular. The roof is even more spectacular and has to be one of the best I have ever seen.


100 views and 15 favouritings at 16th November 2010

Canon 400D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM Lens @ 20mm. ISO 800, f8, 1/15 sec. Single RAW image tonemapped in Photomatix 4 and tweaked in CS4

Located in the far North of England, Carlisle is just a few miles from the Scottish border. This city has had a very turbulent history. The Romans built a wall through it, Vikings invaded it and the Scots and English fought over it for many years.

The Cathedral, founded in 1122 and battered by centuries of warfare, was built for the glory of God, and services have been said and sung daily in it for nearly 900 years.

Items of special interest include the east window, with its tracery containing some very fine 14th century stained glass, and the Brougham Triptych, a magnificent 16th century carved Flemish altarpiece in St. Wilfrid’s Chapel. There is a very fine renovated 14th century barrel-vaulted painted ceiling in the choir and in the north and south aisles medieval paintings depicting the Life of St. Cuthbert, St. Augustine and St. Antony and the figures of the 12 Apostles. The carved capitals of the columns in the choir represent activities associated with the months of the year and the early 15th century choir stalls and misericords are notable examples of medieval carving. The Cathedral’s stained glass dates from the 14th to the 20th centuries.
(Source: Carlisle Cathedral Website)

Featured in the ‘Postcard Destinations’ Group 13th November 2010

Featured in the ‘DSLR Users’ Group 14th November 2010

Featured in ‘Old and New CITY Buildings’ Group 16th November 2010
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    MIGHTY TEMPLE ...about 4 years ago

    Nice HDR work Bob, great image of a stunning cathedral !

  • Thank you so much Roddy.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Anna Shaw
    Anna Shawabout 4 years ago

    Simply wonderful. You are the master of interiors. When you look at this large, the detail is amazing. Fabulous photography.

  • Thank you so much Anna for your inspirational comments – you make it all worthwhile! xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Cat Perkinton
    Cat Perkintonabout 4 years ago

    beautifully done, despite the restrictions of red tape :-)

  • Thank you so much Rinkydink for your lovely comment – there usually is a way around red tape!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanabout 4 years ago

    Well there goes my game of how many images has Bob combined to get this beauty game gone out the window then :P

    Still mindblowingly packed full of detail and the lighting brings a metallic sheen and shine over everything in sight. That is also one seriously impressive roof too.

  • Hey Stuart, I always love your comments – humour and thoughtful comments – always a pleasure to read! Yes normally it is 10/14 frames in Cathedrals but Carlisle would be just two small I think to get a good effect – I think there would be too much distortion. However, next time I am in that part of the world I will have another go – having got a permit first! Cheers and thanks.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Ryan Davison Crisp
    Ryan Davison C...about 4 years ago

    excellent composition, what a great ceiling

  • Thank you so much Ryan – I agree, the ceiling is worth a visit on it’s own!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 4 years ago

    tripod or not Bob a cracking job.x

  • Thank you so much dear Catherine – I always appreciate your visits. xx

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariabout 4 years ago

    Amazing photography of an amazing place Bob!! Brilliant! :))

  • Wow Vicki – thank you for your superb and supportive comment. I greatly appreciate that. Best regards.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Clive S
    Clive Sabout 4 years ago

    It really is a fatastic shot Bob and I think that your good lady was right, when she said that these interiors are becoming your signature.
    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Thank you so much for your comment Clive. I cannot resist Cathedrals! The architecture, history, atmosphere are all just amazing to me. I just want to try and capture those wonderful sensory things through my shots.

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Jadon
    Jadonabout 4 years ago

    Outstandingly stunning capture my friend..Well done Bob…

  • Hey Jase that’s one hell of a comment – thank you so much!

    – Bob Culshaw

  • Kelvin Hughes
    Kelvin Hughesabout 4 years ago

    It is an outstanding shot Bob, the roof is amazing

  • Thank you so much Kelvin – have to agree with you – wonderful craftsmanship! It’s worth a visit just to view the ceiling!

    – Bob Culshaw

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