Adrian Binney, LRPS  

Salisbury Cathedral under Lockdown by Adrian Binney, LRPS

September 2020 - Salisbury Cathedral under Lockdown

September 2020 - Adrian Binney, LRPS


About the Image(s)

Salisbury is less than an hour from me (Winchester is 10 mins away) and we heard that the Cathedral was opening up to visitors booking online ahead, with the rows of chairs removed (it can normally hold 1,900, but were limited to a maximum of 90!) because it would be impossible to keep cleaning them. So there was a unique opportunity to take pictures with an empty Cathedral.

One fabulous aspect is a font added about 15 years ago, providing great reflections.

I took this on 20 July - no tripods allowed, but the IS of modern cameras is amazing - mine has at least 7 stops. I took this one using in camera HDR (which generates a Raw file) where the slowest speed was 1/6 second! Speed was the HDR variable with all images taken at f7.1 and ISO fixed at 200.

The benefit of the in camera HDW I felt was in controlling the highlights and there was a lot of detail in the shadows. PP was using Lightroom only, working mostly in the font reflection and the far area.

5 comments posted

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
As with John's image, to my eye, the key to this image is the symmetry of the interior of the cathedral. I think you captured that wonderfully. The positioning of the columns gives me a real sense of the depth of the church.

In addition I like how your work with the lighting brings out the decorative work on the columns along with the font reflection. I very nice image and sadly one we could not often get in the pre-COVID times because fo the crowds and seating. So I think you were very perceptive and fortunate in your timing.

I will say that after studying both versions I like the color version - warmer appearance - a little more. Still, a nice monochrome conversion.

Thank you for sharing this with us Adrian   Posted: 09/04/2020 22:50:33

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
Truly beautiful symmetry Adrian, great detail. The hdr works well here, it doesn't look overdone, and you've controlled the brightness coming in the windows. Very nice!   Posted: 09/05/2020 18:24:13

John Erve   John Erve

A very impactful image on account of the symmetry that you were able to capture. This works very well as a monochrome as it, for me, emphasizes the architecture. The detail is well brought out and the reflection in the font adds interest. I am impressed with your use of HDR and this has worked wonderfully in this image. Congratulations on taking advantage of the current situation to capture the grandeur of this cathedral without the distraction of tourists. Thank you for sharing how you created this image.
  Posted: 09/05/2020 20:00:30

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
Lovely to see the Cathedral again! I was interested in the Font which was not there when I visited a few years ago. The Hdr treatment works very well and is not obvious at all. The fact you hand held this at Iso 200 is amazing, and, as you say, is a testament to the modern cameras.
Thanks for a great image.   Posted: 09/07/2020 17:25:14

Don Crow   Don Crow
I think this should be printed very large and placed on your wall. Very well done. I think even Ansel Adams would like this image. The reflection in the font really makes the composition.
Great image   Posted: 09/21/2020 07:58:32


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