Angles, Arches and Colours

High set Stained Glass windows at a funky angle in St John's Anglican Cathedral.

Wow, this shot made it to #24 on Explore for Dec 14th 2006.

View all photos taken: Thursday, 14th December 2006, This photo: 1:01pm

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  • Sunny Melons said:
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Clair - it's an impressive structure :)
  • The Sage of Shadowdale said:
    Very nice, and I'm not just talking about the architecture - the sharpness & colour rendition looks really nice. Very little grain for ISO 800 equivalent too. Looks like you're putting that new toy to good use. Nicely executed.
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    This is beautiful, David. Not just a funky angle but the light and the windows are so perfectly exposed!

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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Mike, yeah iso800 is actually fairly usable on this beasty. iso1600 would look ok printed, but not large. And yes, I'm busily making the most of it :) I've now done 946 shots since the 30th of Nov. Quite a good deal of those turned out pretty well (obviously not all of them are on flickr).

    And thanks to you too David :) This was definitely the best stained glass shot I took today. It's surprisingly difficult to pull off a nicely exposed stained glass window.
  • Ausmosis said:
    Oh wow, this is a magnificent shot... Well done!
  • ChunukBair said:
    Agree with you on the difficult stain glass shots in this church David - the problem I felt is that they are too high up to get close enough to take good shots...
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks :) and to think I almost didn't upload this one.
  • Maki_C30D said:
    real cool angle! ;-)
    great shot!!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Maria! I took a few shots inside the cathedral but was a little limited with framing as the kit lens is too slow for those light conditions without a tripod (f/3.5 max aperture).
  • David de Groot said:
    Didn't see you slip in there Paul. Yeah the windows are all fairly high up. I was shooting with the low light lens (50mm f/1.8, which equates to an 80mm short telephoto), so I managed to get a little close, but for most not close enough.
  • St├ęphane Miller said:
    beautiful colors. :)
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  • sandysshots said:
    I have a kink in my neck!! LOL Nicely composed!
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  • TheLizardQueen said:
    Fabulously funky!! Love the perspective and the wonderful colours!
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  • perkrizBUSY said:
    Great composition!
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  • kieran_m said:
    Very Effective. The World Through My Eyes.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Stekup, sandysshots, TheLizardQueen, perkriz and kieran_m, much appreciated :)
  • snowy4052002 said:
    Love this!

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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks snowy4052002 :)
  • juanmiguel said:
    Great angle.
    Have a good day.: )
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  • Mr Geoff said:
    These warm colors and clean lines are gorgeous!
  • alicemariedesign said:
    Beautiful color, lines and angle!

    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)
  • russkymike said:
    Beautiful shot! Great composition and colors!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jaun, Mr Geoff, Alice and Mike! :)
  • Schellebelle said:
    Wow, great light and colors!!!! a beauty.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Rosita :)
  • Sean Shimmel... Luke Skywalker said:
    What a sense of the magical. Not sure if this is HDR, but if so... it's a wonderfully (rare) tasteful example of how it can be used. If not, excellent lighting range.

    Kudos on Explore and on the Rebel XTI. Just got my own recently.
  • David de Groot said:
    No HDR on this shot, just a fast lens (f/1.8) and a relatively high ISO setting, and a steady hand. :-)
  • Chris Blomquist said:
    Wow, this is fantastic! You lucky bugger with your 1.8 lens! Still, I know it takes some work - I was shooting in a dark church a while ago with f5.6 zoom at ISO800. No idea what the shutter speed was but I envy that lens of yours!

    This really plays with your eyes! Colour, composition, everything is fantastic!
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Chris :) Yep the 1.8 is very handy in situations like this :)

    I'm really quite surprised at the reaction this shot has gotten.
  • jeanneg said:
    Very cool. I love the angle on this, of course, but the lighting and colors are also extraordinary. Nice! :)
  • Chris Blomquist said:
    Ha ha, I know the feeling! I think I enjoy this one so much because you expect it to be so dark that all the colour is drained out but it has retained some really stong colours and the angle you chose and the geometry is very interesting for the eyes and kind of tricks them into thinking it's an abstract.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Jeanneg :)

    That goes a bit to explaining it, thanks Chris :)
    (on spotty internet availability at the moment - in Sydney for Christmas)
  • Dave Luis said:
    Please post your beautifully angled picture to Beautiful Angle!
  • shotbart said:
    Just seen in a thread on the 400D group... let me say this is really awesome!!! Lights are just perfect.
  • Y-Not ? said:
    Definitely awsome. thanks for posting it in the 440d discussion and for the information.
  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks shotbart, 'twas the best picture of the day and shows just what you can get from a fast lens and the 400d :)

    Thanks to you too yh1117, glad it helped.
  • shotbart said:
    That's the point, David! After seeing - and faving - your awesome shot, I'm really looking forward to get these kind of pictures in my own 400D's digital filmstrip...
  • benefit of hindsight said:
    This award serves as an invitation.
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  • David de Groot said:
    @shotbart - :)

    Hey Thanks David !
  • Tommok said:
    Wonderful perspective. Fantastic shot!
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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks! :)
  • tumbleweed1937 said:
    wow I can why it made is stunning.

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  • David de Groot said:
    Thanks Carol :)
  • helzabot said:
    This is a great image! It would be perfect for the "Design & the City" contest . You should submit it there and maybe win free hotel stays!