Chapel and Crypt in the National Cathedral

January 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

The National Cathedral in Washington DC is one of those places you can't visit without taking photos. When I visited several years ago it was still early in my photography journey. That unfortunately translated into a very small number of high quality images. There are so many things I would do different knowing what I know now. Although I'm sure I could say that about the vast majority of my early and some of my recent photography.

This photograph was taken in one of the secondary chapels which is also a crypt. The crypt contains the remains of a number of former priests from days gone by as well as some amazing wall illustrations and textures. Being that this was one of my early photos HDR was a technique I practiced quite a bit and which allowed me to capture a quality of light that translates the feeling of the chapel quite well.

If I could change one thing it would be the lens I shot this with. At that time I didn't have a quality wide angle lens like I do now. That  lens would have allowed me to capture so much more of the rooms character and historic inhabitants. In fact, I believe I would have some incredible shots from the main chapel as well with that lens.

I'm always interested to know what you think.

"National Cathedral Sanctuary And Crypt", "National Cathedral", church, crypt, sanctuary, HDR, photography, photographer, photographNational Cathedral Sanctuary And CryptThis sanctuary and crypt in the National Cathedral is amazing. It feels like being in different part of the world with the frescos and stonework, not to mention the crypt or tomb you can see the edge of on the right side of the image surrounded by a fence. It's a perfect place for an HDR image with all of the different textures and colors and light levels. I wish I had a wider angle lens when I had taken the image to capture more of the interesting objects in here.

And, here's an HDR image of one of the bell towers.

"National Cathedral", "National Cathedral tower", "church tower", church, tower, HDR, Georgetown, photograph, photographer, photographyNational Cathedral towerThe front towers of the National Cathedral in Georgetown just outside Washington D.C. This is an incredible structure both inside and out. We didn't get much time in Georgetown but it seems like a fun place. This HDR image is definitely over the top but I like the "gothic", "other worldly" look to it. There's something about old stone churches that make them conducive to being photographed and displayed with creative license. Again one of my earlier images with limited gear and I wish I had moved back to capture the complete doorway on the left.


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