Thursday, July 9, 2009

Gothic Revival Style


I do not recall visiting any Gothic churches before. Most churches I went were very modern in styles. Surely, some of you who have been to Italy have seen something even more remarkable, I bet.

This is St. Mary's Cathedral, you've seen the exterior in my previous post.

It was quiet and dark inside. Everyone spoke in whispering manner.

There was a crazy man (he looked crazy to me), long hair, long beard quite filthy in appearance, muttering to himself as his kept pointing here and there. Maybe he was communicating with God.

Few minutes later, I hit the exit as my shoes couldn't stop squeaking -- I blamed it on their squeaky clean floor.

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23 comments:

Ayie said...

Nice church interior! I love gothic churches, the architecture is just so nice. This interior looks similar to the manila cathedral where we had our wedding ceremony. =)

hcpen said...

I really like the atmosphere inside St Mary's...seems like somewhere else to me...not australia or sydney..haha..

James said...

That's an amazing picture Ai. I've seen plenty of gothic churches in France but I never get tired of them.

Ai Shiang said...

Ayie & James,
It's quite nice inside. I was in awe when I first when in.

Hcpen,
What are you doing up at 4 AM in the morning?

Willie said...

This church is really impressive. Esp, the structures and architecture. I am sure you will feel safe and peaceful inside.

Mei Teng said...

The interior looks very grand but sadly the pews are all empty. That's the case in UK and most are removed to make way for other structures. I have been in some beautiful cathedrals in Spain. Some churches here don't allow indoor photography. I got that twice before when I wanted to enter to snap some photos (in which case, both places were conducting worship at that time so it makes sense). There's gothic styled church named The Holy Rosary in Brickfields where I attended kindie as a child, which still stands today.

Ai Shiang said...

Willie,
I was indeed impressed by its structures.

Mei Teng,
There was no congregation at the time we visited, so they looked rather empty. I didn't see any "no photos" sign so I just snapped a few and left. Did you take photos of the La Sagrada Familia? You should post it, I know it looks remarkable! I do hope to photograph it one day.

Mei Teng said...

Sadly, I didn't visit the Sagrada Familia but there were others that I visited. And I didn't own a DSLR back then.

I like visiting cathedrals. They are such architectural marvels.

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Adeline said...

A gorgeous interior of the church! I find it hard to take nice pictures under the dim light in a church myself. Did you use a tripod for this shot?

Ai Shiang said...

Adeline,
I don't normally use a tripod for still subject. If your subject is still and does not require long exposure like fireworks, you can increase the ISO to about 400 or 600 until you see the shutter speed is about 1/200 second. If you have steady hands 1/60 of a second will be good enough. Then you will get the picture like this one. ISO is sensitivity to light.

HappySurfer said...

Beautiful interior and a great shot of it, Ai Shiang.

Are there any gargoyles perched on the roof? hehe..

Ai Shiang said...

Happysurfer,
Haha! No gargoyles on the roof. That reminded me to always look up when shooting buildings.

gina said...

So, you set your camera to no sound? Or else it would be "click clack" when you take photos in there. Haha!

Ai Shiang said...

Gina,
my lens has USM (ultra sonic motor) so there is no sound when focusing. But I don't think you can switch off the "click" sound when the shutter opens and shuts. Can yours be switched off?

Adeline said...

Thanks for the information, Ai Shiang :)

uncleawang said...

Very beautiful interior & nice photo.
I'm sorry for late reply to yr comment as I'm away but I'm back now.Thanks again & have a wonderful weekend.

gina said...

I think we can mute the "clicking" sound. I better go home and check. Hahaha! Anyway, I always like to hear the "clicking sounds" and mine, a friend said, sounds like Ferrari. Haha!

Paul said...

I really like this picture... I am a fan of buildings and architecture... ^_^ the amount of detail in these buildings are amazing...

Ai Shiang said...

Gina,
Hahaha! I thought that was funny (Ferrari). Can't be that loud :o)

Paul,
I see, no wonder you take lots of photos of buildings.

Ayie said...

same here, i like to hear the "click" when I press the shutter =P

Rajesh said...

Fantastic very colorful snap.

Horsoon said...

This is an awsome shot! It made me felt "wish I were there".