Quirky Cathedral

A couple of weeks ago we had friends over to stay from Birmingham and we decided to show them round Liverpool Anglican CathedralBecause I’ve photographed this magnificent building on a number of occasions previously, this time I decided I would approach things a little differently. For starters I restricted myself to one lens (my 50mm F1.4) and shot largely at F2 to experiment with shallow DoF. To be honest because my 50mm isn’t image stabilised, and I didn’t have my tripod, I had to shoot wide-open with a high ISO to get hand-holdable shutter speeds in the less than ideal interior light. Secondly I concentrated on more unusual subjects – focussing on the details and looking for slightly more “off-beat” compositions. 

In truth I’m not sure that all of the above images work that well and I certainly ended up rejecting more shots than normal from this shoot. However I enjoyed the challenge of visiting a familiar place but, due to certain self-imposed photographic restrictions, being forced to look at my surroundings in a different way. It certainly made me think a little more creatively and I shall definitely try this approach again sometime…

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)


6 Responses to “Quirky Cathedral”

  1. scousepov

    I really like the first image of candles and holders in black and white. I’ve not been in the Anglican since I was fifteen, and that was with my Turkish German exchange student who was visiting at the time, it is nostalgic 🙂

    • Mark Simms

      Thanks scousepov – I like that shot too. I think it’s about time you visited the cathedral again – it is a stunning building.

  2. Chillbrook

    Lovely images Mark.
    Coming back to your logo, it really is superb. Did you create that in Photoshop?


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