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Monreale Cathedral is Magnificent !

 
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Oct 04, 2010 07:41 |  #1

Monreale Cathedral built in the 11th century by the Normans. It is on a hill overlooking Palermo, Sicily and the rather plain and unimpressive exterior gives no hint to the grandeur and beauty of its interior. The mosaic work is breathtaking.

It was a bit of a nightmare to photograph, being both cavernous and dark and there was a “no tripod” rule. A flash would have been useless as the size of the place would have either swallowed the light or the gold, marble and glass would have reflected it right back at you. Everything is at ISO 1600 and there were some ludicrously slow shutter speeds (I think the record is hand held at 1/5 s (It’s a good thing I don’t drink ….. much).

As there were a large number of features high on the walls and ceilings I am afraid that there are a significant number of converging verticals and not quite square squares, but the beauty and skill of the original artists more than makes up fro my poor efforts. It was a 400 mile round trip to visit Monreale, but it was by far the highlight of the vacation.

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Oct 04, 2010 10:42 |  #2

very nice....thanks for posting them.....maybe one day i'll get to see it in person!


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Oct 04, 2010 11:49 as a reply to jjackflash's post |  #3

Very nice captures! I think you did well despite the no tripod rule!


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Oct 04, 2010 12:39 |  #4

The cathedral does look fantastic, as do your photos. The second to last could use a bit more light, though.


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Oct 04, 2010 13:49 |  #5

wizcreations wrote in post #11031941 (external link)
The cathedral does look fantastic, as do your photos. The second to last could use a bit more light, though.

LoL they could all do with a little more light, the place was very dark.

this was 1600 ISO f/2.6 @ 1/6s and hand held :-)

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Oct 04, 2010 15:29 |  #6

For ISO 1600, there really isn't much noise


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