Another couple of shots from my trip to St Albans Cathedral. One thing that always gets me about these places is while everyone gawps at the vast spaces inside, fewer people look at the details- the stonework, the detailing on the pews etc.
I came across a bench with some amazing scrolling woodwork on the ends . I don’t know how old it was, but bearing in mind that I walked past a “poor box” later on ( these are where people would give alms to the destitute) that dated from the 1600’s,it could have been hundreds of years old.
It was pretty dark in there so I whacked the ISO up to 1600, with an f-stop of 2.8 and handheld (as neither tripods or flash are allowed) at 1/6 sec. I’m amazed I managed to get it in focus at that speed to be honest!
As I was leaving by the south transcept door,I wanted to get a shot of that as well. Again handheld by increasing the ISO to max ( 1600 on my Canon 550d) and a exposure time of 1/4 sec. There is some blur on this I’ll be honest but I thought I’d add it anyway!
I thought this picture was appropriate at this time of year. It’s from within St Albans Cathedral, which was built in the 11th century , after St Alban who lived in Roman St Albans in the 3rd century.
It’s a beautiful old building, set in an a very picturesque market town. (I posted some pictures from the St Albans conservation area a few months back, and it really is an olde-worlde English look). What made it more attractive the day I went was to escape from the Christmas shopping crowds; there was a marked difference between the streets outside and within the cathedral.
This is an image of the Lady Chapel, on the eastern side of the cathedral. The nave was busy as there was a carol service about to start, but I particularly liked this one, it seems the best fit today. Some time out from consumerism and five minutes to think.
A couple of weeks ago I took the camera ( and myself) to St.Albans, which is an old Roman town near London. Think York, which everyone’s heard of, but smaller. It still has winding streets, plenty of old pubs and cottages, some that are probably 500 years or more.
I didn’t make it as far as the cathedral (which is probably as old and not much smaller than York Minster as far as I know) but am hoping to go back and shoot that another day.