Featured in the Hometown Photography group, February, 2011.

A view of the Palma Cathedral in Mallorca, Spain.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu, is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral located in Palma, Majorca, Spain, built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. It is 121 metres long, 55 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall. Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but finished only in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.

In 1901, fifty years after a restoration of the Cathedral had started, Antoni Gaudí was invited to take over the project. While some of his ideas were adopted – moving the choir stalls from the middle nave to be closer to the altar, as well as a large canopy – Gaudí abandoned his work in 1914 after an argument with the contractor. The planned changes were essentially cosmetic rather than structural, and the project was cancelled soon after.

*Photograph taken with Nikon D7000, 10-20mm Sigma lens @ 10mm, iso100, 312/100000 sec, f/9, handheld. HDR created from 1 raw image tone mapped in photomatix , topaz denoise and final processing in PS CS4.

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Originally hailing from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia, Luke’s work uniquely reflects his life-long love of the outdoors and his keen interest in portraiture. Having recently returned from 4.5 years living and travelling abroad, his portfolio presents an intriguing variety of images that will delight any viewer.

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  • RickDavis
    RickDavisalmost 4 years ago

    An Extremely Beautiful Image of the Cathedral,,,Rick

  • Cheers mate. It’s the typical angle… but I hope, not the typical shot. ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

  • Fred Taylor
    Fred Tayloralmost 4 years ago

    Gorgeous !! I love the golden colour of the Cathedral and the reflections in the lovely blue water. The clouds look amazing and i love the colour. Beautiful composition and capture :-)

  • Wow, thanks so much Fred. Glad you like it mate.

    – Luke Griffin

  • John Bullen
    John Bullenalmost 4 years ago

    sensational capture and treatment!

  • Thank you kindly mate.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Andrew (ark photograhy art)
    Andrew (ark ph...almost 4 years ago

    Brillant work Luke, it’s funny…I was reading the history you wrote here and l swear out of the corner of my eye l saw the clouds move…Maybe it’s the lack of Coffee. Anyway l love the pov and comp.

  • LOL… lack of coffee will do strange things to me too mate, I hear you loud and clear ;-)
    Thanks for the kind words, much appreciate it.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccarialmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Kathy.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Renee D. Miranda
    Renee D. Mirandaalmost 4 years ago

    So beautiful Luke…I live very close to a town called Santa Maria California. :)..Renee

  • Cheers Renee.

    – Luke Griffin

  • bazcelt
    bazceltalmost 4 years ago

    The locations in Spain provide such fantastic photo opportunities, and you’ve done a great job with this one Luke.

  • They sure do, many thanks Baz.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Clive S
    Clive Salmost 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your artwork with the Photomatix HDR Group!

  • Cheers Clive.

    – Luke Griffin

  • laruecherie
    laruecheriealmost 4 years ago

  • Wow! Thank you very much!

    – Luke Griffin

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 4 years ago

    CONGRATULATIONS on your wonderful feature, great work and well earned.

  • Many thanks Andrea. ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

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