Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine (New York City) is the largest Gothic cathedral in the world. Its floor space could hold two football fields; its vaulted ceiling is 17 stories high. But perhaps more importantly for some, it’s the Big Picture.

St. John the Divine

The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City

Photo info: this is an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image. It was created from two different exposures in Photomatix using the Exposure Fusion method.


20 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Big

    • You’re welcome! Absolutely worth a visit when you’re in New York City. There are a variety of tours given, so be sure to check out the Cathedral’s site at the link in this post.

    • Thanks for your comment! Exposure fusion is one method of combining multiple exposures to capture a large dynamic range (hence High Dynamic Range or “HDR”). In the Cathedral, the sun streaming through the stained glass was very bright, while the rest of the Cathedral was much darker. Cameras can’t handle that contrast. HDR enables photographers to get those bright highlights as well as details in the shadows.

      Here are a couple of links with good information and tutorials: http://www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-tutorial/ and http://farbspiel-photo.com/learn/hdr-cookbook

      Have fun!

    • Thanks, Jo! I really enjoy working with HDR. In this instance, it let me show many details of the Cathedral that might have been lost in a single exposure.

    • You’re right about the HDR! A proper exposure for the Cathedral space would have blown out the details in the stained glass. Using multiple exposures gave me an image in which the colors and details of the glass can be seen, as well as showing the rest of the Cathedral in its subdued lighting.

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