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St Patrick's Cathedral • Melbourne by William Bullimore

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St Patrick’s Cathedral is the mother church of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. The Centenary of its official opening and Consecration was marked in 1997; however, the first Mass was celebrated on the site in February 1858 in a former partially completed church, some of which was incorporated into the south aisle of the present building. By 1868, the completed nave of the Cathedral first served the needs of the community for regular worship and prayer.

Designed by William Wardell, St Patrick’s is regarded internationally as the finest ecclesiastical building in Australia and a pre-eminent example of the Gothic Revival style. The austere facade gives little hint of the glorious interior with its ethereal golden light of mesmerising beauty.

The Cathedral’s highly regarded organ and exceptional acoustics ensure its popularity with leading musicians and choral groups, as a favoured setting for concerts of sacred music. The splendid ambulatory and chapels, which partially encircle the sanctuary, provide space for occasional exhibitions.

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
Exposure: 5 exposures (-2.-1,0,1,2 EV)
Aperture: f/8
Focal Length: 16 mm
ISO Speed: 200

Post Processing:
Imported into Lightroom
Exported to Photomatix
Tonemap generated HDR using detail enhancer option
Re-imported back into Lightroom
Exported HDR and 0 EV esposure to CS3 and layered HDR on top of 0 EV
Brush tool to even out highlights and shadows
Saturation Layer (blues)
Saturation Layer (reds)
Saturation Layer (yellows)
Curves layer for contrast adjustment
Noise reduction layer
Re-imported back into Lightroom
Slight cropping in Lightroom
Chromatic aberration adjustment in Lightroom
Sharpening in Lightroom
Added keyword metadata
Exported as JPEG


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  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago


  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaabout 5 years ago

    thank you cheers my friend

  • Iris Greenwell
    Iris Greenwellabout 5 years ago

    beautiful light and composition. excellent work my friend. Iris

  • BigD
    BigDabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful angle, William

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...about 5 years ago

    beautiful capture

  • Roseann
    Roseannabout 5 years ago

    Awesome POV. Great shot.

  • dogfish
    dogfishabout 5 years ago

    and a written recipe! bravo

  • dogfish
    dogfishabout 5 years ago

  • Aquarelle
    Aquarelleabout 5 years ago

    I had to sit and look at this one for a while before replying. It is really something.

    The title is fantastic and immediately caught my attention.It is perfect for this incredible shot.

    I love the patterns in the sky and the lighting is superb.

    This is excellent work and an interesting composition.

    Love it.

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 5 years ago

    Fantastic image and work !!! :D

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