Photography at Worcester Cathedral


Architectural photography in Worcester Cathedral featuring the Norman crypt which was built way back in 1084. It would have been part of the original monastic church. This was quite an awkward angle to shoot even with a my 14-24mm maxed out at 14mm! Luckily there was just enough space with my face pressed up against the wall for me to use my pano head.  It meant that I could shoot with my camera in portrait mode, whilst panning from left to right taking 5 frames which overlapped so they could be stitched. Each frame consisted of 7 brackets with one stop increments ranging from -3 to +3.

One of the wonderful things about digital photography is that when we shoot in RAW we have a lot of control over colour. This is something we can really enjoy and edit to taste.

When we want to produce an accurate colour reference of what we are seeing in our images we can use the cameras auto white balance setting, choose a suitable mode, or shoot a grey card and set our own (depending on camera). However, unless there is a reason for accurate colour reproduction (e.g. colour of a car for a client) we should feel free to process colours however we feel.

When it came to processing this photographic image I chose to adjust the white balance setting to bring a more vibrant, stark, almost blue white to the ceiling. I quite liked the bright spotlights and wanted to emphasise more space and create a slight ‘chill’ (after all, it is down in the crypt). This was done by simply shifting the white balance temperature slider in lightroom.



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