Wells Cathedral

Article by Tim Knifton

I decided on a last-minute solo trip out to Wells Cathedral in Somerset, England which is only about 50 miles from home. This was possibly my first trip in over 18 months that I have done on my own. Normally I have at least one other person with me and it not only helps to share the journey with but also helps keep you on your game. Still, it was a change to go out and visit this place on my own.

Wells Cathedral is a Church of England cathedral in Wells, Somerset, England.

I decided to go as early as possible to beat the possible crowds and prevent people being in my photos. I got up around 5am for a shower and breakfast and left to drive to the cathedral.

On arrival, it was clear that the dull grey and misty morning wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea so I was on my own with the exception of a few people who were coming for their 7:30am service but an early start and no people equal the better shots. This meant that I could get the tripod into some difficult angles and not have any interruptions or distractions.

The morning was extremely overcast and raining hence the conditions inside were lit with the Cathedral’s own lighting which made some exposures slightly too yellow. This was toned down in post processing by using the saturation.

I went from wide to fisheye to macro and got the most out of the morning. All in all, I spent a good two hours wandering around the interior and got what I wanted before leaving for home.

The Photos were post processed in Photomatix 4.2.1, with the sliders left in my favourite position. I tend to process in the same way and then adjust until I’m happy in CS5. I do minimal work in CS5 and will only edit an image until I’m happy with what I see.

I only change the sliders if I don’t like what I see on the screen. On this particular image of the eagle lecturn taken with the fisheye, I did some dodge in CS5 to highlight the wings and also cloned out the blue lighting on the wings that unfortunately came from the light display behind me which couldn’t be moved.

The full set of photos (with some more to be added) can be viewed here

Tim Knifton