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cathedral symmetry
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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 1:3.5-5.6 ED DX
Exposure: f/11, 1/2 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): TEXAS EXCELLENCE AWARD V [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-01-08 5:07
Viewed: 1949
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A low perspective of the Washington National Cathedral as one enters the main gate. Photographed in 2008 (thanks Mushtaq Hussain), tech settings are ISO 200, f/11, and 1/2 sec plus tripod. PP work included exposure balancing in Photomatix followed by slight desaturation and further tweaking of colors and exposure in Photoshop. After posting, I noticed a slight tilt to the right - bummer..

The Washington National Cathedral, officially called the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, is the sixth largest cathedral in the world and second largest in the United States. The church is located at Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues in the northwest quadrant of Washington. It is the third on the List of America's Favorite Architecture by the American Institute of Architects.

Its final design shows a mix of influences from the various Gothic architectural styles of the Middle Ages, identifiable in its pointed arches, flying buttresses, a variety of ceiling vaulting, stained-glass windows and carved decorations in stone, and by its three similar towers, two on the west front and one surmounting the crossing. (wikipedia)

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2010-01-08 5:09]

Hi Danilo,
Your gorgeous image of the monastery. A beautiful composition that we present today.
Interesting details and colors.
Best day,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2953 W: 139 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-01-08 5:14]

Hi Danilo,
A perfect symmetrical POV with a fabulous perspective.
Marvelous colors and an excellent use of available light.
Great sharpness and an attractive vertical format.
A superb composition and a very neat presentation.
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

Wow! Very impressive looking place. Fantastic colors in there from all the lights, and the banners and the great floor. Great unobstructed view down this aisle. (it seems to have a slight right lean, or is that just me?)
Great job Danilo

excellent work Danilo grt details

Hi Danilo..great colors and geometric details ..excellent shot.


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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-01-08 5:59]

Hi Danilo,
Very impressive post. Taking inside of churches can be very tricky- you've managed your settings perfectly. This is a gorgeous shot, the colors and details are really nice. Good POV leading right down the alter. Nicely done ! TFS Julie

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-01-08 6:09]

Hi Danilo,

Wow, the architecture and colors are stunning. The fact that you had to desaturate is interesting in and of itself. Nice composition, and it's great that they allow tripods.

Have a nice weekend, hope you didn't get too much snow.


Hi, Danilo -
This is quite a striking architectural image; the combination of the unusually bright colors (for the inside of a cathedral) and the wonderful Gothic details is marvelous. I have posted a similar one quite some time ago (also called "Cathedral Symmetry," I believe) of the Cathedral de Notre Dame de Lausanne, but this one is more interesting in many respects. I must say that the slight tilt is mildly bothersome, but the overall image is great. Well done.

Hi Danilo,
Beautiful mystic shot..
Nice colours and details.
Perspective is excellent.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi Danilo,
Wooww!!very impressive interior photograph.Superb POV, colours and excellent perspective.TFS.TFS.


Great !
Wonderful colors, composition and details.
I like this photos.
Regards Zoran

Hello Danilo,
What colors, angle of wiew and depthness...
A masterfully approach to interior photography
Selahattin E

Beautiful colours and good POV.
i love the subtle colour of the stained glass windows reflected in the ceiling.
very nice composition.
P.S is it leaning to the right slightly?

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  • psyce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 25 N: 207] (2856)
  • [2010-01-08 9:35]

this is photo speaks for itself! the pp and composition is just off the charts! your POV is also fantastic! lovely masterpiece Dan! as always! ingats!

Ciao Danilo, great perspective fantastic light and eyecachting colors, I don't like this architecture, but your photo is very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Danilo!
Beautiful colours and symmetry in your picture!
Very nice interiour!
Really great your PP work!
Best regards!

Hello Danilo,

I was most surprised by the brightness of the colours.
I have never been in a church with such welcoming 'merriment'; I wanted to say gaity but that has different connotations nowadays!
The sharpness, as a result of using the tripod, is excellent, as is the symmetrical composition. (Probably no-one would have perceived the slight tilt had you not been so honest!)

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Danilo!

WOOOOOOW! Lovely presentation of this marvelous architecture. It is so much a beautiful perspective of this Cathedral. Great selection of frame.
Nice details, colors, texture and a good DOF.
TFS, indeed a very sharp and well focused shot!


Dear Danilo,

Sorry, missed this one - don't know how?

A wonderful capture from this gorgeous Cathedral with such great piece of artwork and architecture. Truly speaking, I have never seen such a colorful church before.

The sharpness, the POV and the clarity throughout the picture, is splendid. The colors are so natural and very well defined through this exceptional composition. Very well done!

Have a nice weekend!

best greetings,

Hello Danilo Martinez,

Another wonderful shot of yours like always, very good capture and presentation of this artistic architecture, great vivid colors and patterns, nice lighting and sharpness, the uniformity in the design forms lovely patterns and the disappearing designs generates good DOF.
A very well captured one.

Have a Happy Weekend,
Mushtaq Hussain

Ciao Danilo

This is real!
Fabulous image, and I'm open-mouthed
to see the beauty, the interior of this cathedral
excellent detail, from the floor going through walls
and ending at the beautiful ceiling, which I call heaven!
Still amazed with such beauty my friend ...
Congratulations and thank you for showing us this beauty!


Hello Danilo,

Just wonderful!
Beautiful colors, excellent lighting and contrast!
It's a great work!
Congratulations and TFS

Hello Danilo,

This is extremely good photo from inside the cathedral.
Great POV/DOF, clarity, light and sharpness.
The colors are amazing.

Best regards,

Boa tarde Danilo,
Great low POV. It determines a beautiful perspective. Very good lightness ans accurate simetry.
Um abraço,

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-01-10 0:53]

Hi Danilo,
great atmosphere.Very good perspective.Beautiful light and vivid colours.TFS.Necla.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-01-10 2:02]


Grandiose cadrage, quel pavage coloré, quel intérieur, ces reflet, ce braillant, ces belle couleur, une merveille.

Bravo et amitié


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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2010-01-10 5:55]

Hi Danilo,
You have achieved exceptional DOF with
your POV. Excellent graphism. The colours
blend into each other with perfect harmony.
Shaprness and details are remarkable.
A tricky shot well executed.
Enjoy your Sunday.

wow..what a beautiful colored here...very nice shot..
Beautiful composition and nice details..excellent !!


Hello Danilo,
Magnificent architecture!
Perfect sharpness and excellent DOF.
Fantastic color tones.
Great symmetry of the composition.

Olá Danilo

Um espetáculo esta foto...ótima perspectiva.
Inúmeros detalhes, cores e reflexos. O chão
do corredor que leva ao altar é maravilhoso
e a luminosidade muito boa. Lindos detalhes
também lá no alto.

Meus parabéns!

Hello Danilo! Superb shot of the Cathedral, very well composed and a perfect light management, incredible colors and details, well done! I did a workshop to correct (as you wrote) the tilt. Thanks!


sorry no more...:-)

Masterclass capture of this fine architectural interior with a beautiful low POV and inspiring vertical shot to highlight the depth and scale of this place. A fine work and the tilt is only a minor niggle. Well done and TFS!


nicely composed! the two sides are very symmetrical indeed and nice angle to take those perspectives. nice HDR conversion too. very defined colors! thanks for sharing!


Beautiful architecture, great POV and wonderful pp work, Danilo.
Very good job, my friend! Congratulations and thanks for sharing.


merhaba dear friend danilo
excellent amazing colours and details.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Bom dia Danilo
A great architecture capture. Great lines and a mix of interesting details. There is a harmony between old lines and modern one. Very interesting photo and note.
Have a good day dear Danilo
Um abraço

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2010-01-13 8:50]

Hi Danilo
Fantastic colours, sharpness and light, a great focus, and a very well balanced composition.
Best regards, mb

Hi Danilo,
Very nice caught of view of thi inside of the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Whashinton, great perpective and details,
Excellent POV./DoF. well presented.
great colors and light,
very well done.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2010-01-14 12:56]

Ive never seen such a trendy church danilo,I like the floor it looks great.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-01-14 23:38]

Hi Danilo

I somehow missed this one. Well managed interior light with splendid use of diminishing linear perspective & vanishing point. Good color & reasonable sharpness. Tfs!

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-01-15 7:42]

wow, I've missed this impressive shot !
Looks like a kaleidoscope !
I'm almost hypnotised.


Wow! I added this to my Texas Excellence Award Theme Danilo! This is above and beyond! Love the fantasy-type processing here, the brilliant colors! Super sharp! I'm impressed! What a killer shot!

Hola Danilo
Magnifica composicion todo un lujo de bellos colores y luces , una fantastica edicion llena de luz , color y vida , gracias por compartir
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Bonjour Danilo.
Magnifique architecture présentée avec de belles couleurs et un cadrage parfait.
Bonne journée.

Hi Danilo!
Wonderful interior,fantastic perspective and a fine colours.

Always the top, in all series

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