Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo in sepia by Elana Bailey

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This is the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Toledo, in Spain. This was taken on black and white film. This was printed and then the print was manually (using chemicals, not Photoshop), changed to a sepia print by me, in the darkroom. The print was then scanned to digital.

The seat of the Archdiocese of Toledo, it is one of the three 13th century High Gothic cathedrals in Spain and is considered to be the magnum opus of the Gothic style in Spain. It was begun in 1226 during the reign of Ferdinand III and the last Gothic contributions were made in the 15th century when, in 1493, the vaults of the central nave were finished, during the times of the Catholic Monarchs.

Elana Bailey is a multi award winning South Australian Photographer. She has a Diploma in Commercial Photography and her passion is for travel, street, architectural, real estate, landscape, portrait and wedding photography.

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  • rosson1
    rosson1over 5 years ago

    An absolute gem E. Wonderfully produced and love the effect of toning with chemicals:)

  • Many thanks indeed for your kind words, Ralph and also for adding this one to your faves. Cheers so much, E.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAover 5 years ago

    A marvelous image of a beautiful old building, Elana !!! The old chemical sepia toning certainly did have a ‘special tone’ all of it’s own. Rather fascinating history and seems hard to imagine all that has gone on all those years ago !!

  • Many thanks so much, Phil. It is truly a splendid piece of architecture and to think that they built it so very long ago, too. Cheers Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

  • jacquei
    jacqueiover 5 years ago

    This is just wonderful Elana and I envy you taking this shot…I love the old architecture of Spain…the effect you have added has created something special……its just great…………jacquei

  • Many thanks so very much, Jacquei and also for adding this one to your faves. Cheers Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

  • shadycat
    shadycatover 5 years ago

    Amazing work!

  • Many thanks so very much and also for adding this one to your faves. Cheers Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Lindsay Woolnough (Oram)
    Lindsay Woolno...over 5 years ago

    Great light and Pov

  • Many thanks so very much, Lindsay.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezover 5 years ago

    Beautifully treated image Elana and of course the subject matter is just wonderful …

  • Many thanks so very much, Tom and also for adding this one to your faves. Cheers Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

  • Andrew  Makowiecki
    Andrew Makowi...over 5 years ago

    This pic has such lovely tones. I think the original print must be magnificent. This pic tempts me to go back into the darkroom.

    What sort of color was the original print prior to toning. By that I mean a cold black, warm black etc. I am asking because I don’t know much about modern papers.

    All the best Andrew

  • Andy, I know what you mean about wanting to go back to the darkroom. The original print can be found at the below link and I would saw that it was more of a cold black. Cheers so much and also for adding this one to your faves. Elana.
    Monochrome verison

    – Elana Bailey

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 5 years ago

    I’m way too lazy to process my work standing up, well done on going the extra distance to make this so special!

  • Mel, you make me laugh. Many thanks so very much. Cheers Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

  • blueeyesjus
    blueeyesjusover 5 years ago

    This is a stunning piece of work Elana and because you processed it yourself i am very impressed lol, beautiful tones and lighting and you gotta love a good double barrel vault don’t ya lol

  • Justin, many thanks so much indeed and also for adding this one to your faves. Cheers Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

  • klika100
    klika100over 5 years ago

    Wonderful image…

  • Many thanks so much, Russell. Cheers Elana.

    – Elana Bailey

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