A man and his god by Rhoufi

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Alone In The City #13: A man and his god

A man and his god commune in silence in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Melbourne

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  • aartwaven
    aartwavenover 4 years ago

    Don’t know how I missed all your last posts. Love the light reflecting on the seated man and also how the eye is drawn towards what I am assuming is the altar? Love this one Rhoufi.

  • I loaded some in a rush the other night. Yes, I like the light in this one too, and the white cross and altar in the background. You should visit, take time-out, it’s really beautiful, I have not been inside for years [figured I could risk it after all these years ;-)] It is every bit as magnificent as cathedrals in Europe and it is massive. People go there to read at lunchtime – it’s so quiet and peaceful.

    – Rhoufi

  • Gwynne Brennan
    Gwynne Brennanover 4 years ago

    You are so right I had no idea how big it is. I will definitely visit there soon. How do you go taking pictures in a church? I suppose you need to be discreet and unobtrusive. This is a great capture I like it a lot, plenty of mood and ambience in this one! :-)

  • I was stunned at how good this place was. I have many others I hope to choose from this weekend. I want to go back and spend more time in the transcepts. To do it justice I think a tripod would be necessary – I would like to try HDR there for the first time. But I don’t think I would like to be that intrusive hand held was OK, but the f-stop was a bit low and the ISO a bit high. The tripod would do better. I did not sense any problem taking photos, but as you say ‘be discreet and unobtrusive’. I would not use a flash and best go alone so that there is no noisy talking – it would be improper to disturb people there to pray. But afterall cathedrals like this were designed and built to display the visual glory and beauty of God. If we cannot marvel at it (and photography is one form of recognition of beauty) then why leave the door open. Anyone as respectful as I’m sure you are would be welcome.

    – Rhoufi

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    So evocative…WOW!!!!!

  • Such good timing Robin, how you get around to everyone your watchlist I’ll never know – I can’t keep up with comments. But yours I do. Thank you, I have always been curious about what people are thinking when in church.

    – Rhoufi

  • Peter Denniston
    Peter Dennistonover 4 years ago

    Great sense of feeling and how small people are in comparison to the interiors huge space.

  • Thank you for noticing this Peter. I always try to convey some feeling in the capture and treatment, and in this case it was as you noticed. I think the scale of St Patrick’s and other cathedrals of this size is all about making people feel small in the face of majesty. And this building is truly grand – the ceiling is so high and dark that you can’t clearly see its detail. Thanks for the visit.

    – Rhoufi

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayover 4 years ago

    Heee….I’m still 4 months behind in my Watchlist! I just pounce on images that are posted when I can…and keep apologizing for being to so far behind!

  • We do what we can eh? Well thanks heaps for pouncing on mine :—))

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    really like the depth of field here Roufi nice shot and composition

  • It’s another one of those reverse DOF’s like City Girls. But at f2.4, and a central aisle that must be 80m long, boy is it out of focus. But it was the man contemplating the void that interested me. I glad you like this. You should try this place with your HDR, it would be awesome. And thanks for the fav :-))

    – Rhoufi

  • Dinni H
    Dinni Hover 4 years ago

    love this one!amazing composition and perfect timing on this!

  • Thank you Dinni, I took quite a few, because he was moving around for some reason. I did not want a profile or his head blurred because my shutter speed was slow. In the end he stilled and I got my chance. It turned out better than I imagined. Thank you for your comment. I had a quick look at your Gallery and there are some amazing photos there, I will come back soon.

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    yes it would be great with hdr I already have a lot of shots form inside here taken abut a year ago maybe longer is this st Pauls in the city opposite Flinders??

  • No, this is St Patricks Cathedral, cnr Macarthur & Albert Streets East Melbourne – top of the hill; really steep spire.

    – Rhoufi

  • Christine  Wilson Photography
    Christine Wil...over 4 years ago

    ah! ok haven’t been there then , must take a look

  • Joseph  Tillman
    Joseph Tillmanabout 3 years ago

    Very powerful and sensitive. A Fav. Consider entering this one also.

  • Thank you Joe. Having now read some of your writing I can see how this might touch a chord with you – the many versions of God and the many ways in which spiritualism incorporates the entity both fascinates and disturbs me, also. Thank you.

    – Rhoufi

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