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Featured in the Silky Touch and the Hometown Photography groups, February, 2011.

The ‘front’ entrance of the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, 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, f/4, handheld. HDR created from 1 raw image tone mapped in photomatix 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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  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezover 3 years ago

    awesome work Luke :)

  • Thanks mate.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 3 years ago

    Wow…it certainly is that!! Excellent POV.

  • Thank you very much Wendi. As you can see by the ‘personnel’ doors, the full height of these things is immense. Cheers for your kind comment.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Blake Steele
    Blake Steeleover 3 years ago

    I’m taken so many images of churches in Europe and want to tell you how special this is. You have created something singing.

  • Wow, thank you for such a compliment Blake. It is very much appreciated mate, I am glad you like it.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Shannon Rogers
    Shannon Rogersover 3 years ago

    Really love the Darken Golden Tones here, brilliant work mate :)

  • Cheers Shannon. I too love the warmth in this shot.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Unique-Mystique
    Unique-Mystiqueover 3 years ago

    simply beautiful

  • Thanks UM. ;-)

    – Luke Griffin

  • Unique-Mystique
    Unique-Mystiqueover 3 years ago

    your welcome =)

  • Jeanie
    Jeanieover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Jeanie.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Kathy Baccari
    Kathy Baccariover 3 years ago

  • Thank you Kathy.

    – Luke Griffin

  • shadesofcolor
    shadesofcolorover 3 years ago

    I really like the perspective on this image & great processing, well done Luke.

  • Thank you Michael. It was a squeeze to get the shot with my hands through the iron bars of the gates in front of these doors… but well worth it. Cheers mate.

    – Luke Griffin

  • Sharksladie
    Sharksladieover 3 years ago

    WOW! Very dramatic image Luke!! Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you very much Steph.

    – Luke Griffin

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