I recently I gave my “Movement in Photography” talk to Salisbury Camera Club. I had a chance to wander round the cathedral before my talk. It was a lovely clear evening, so I took the chance to test my phone camera for night photography.
This was a while after sunset, in the so-called “Blue Hour”. It’s hand-held with no tripod, but still sharp. I think the camera takes a number of frames and chooses the sharpest one. I’ve used Perspective Crop in Photoshop to get the verticals nice and vertical. There’s a nice colour contrast between the warm gold of the floodlights and the cool blue of the sky.
Inside there’s a new art installation with ladders of light. I rested my phone on the edge of the font to get a perfect reflection. The font is like an infinity pool, so it looks as if the cathedral’s flooded.
A cathedral is the seat of a bishop, and their throne is called a cathedra. Us regular folk have to sit on regular chairs. In Salisbury Cathedral there are stacks of metal-framed chairs in the side aisles. The stacks do make interesting patterns. Here I have gone for a symmetrical composition, but the the change in light on the tubes brings in variation. It’s like the spine of an animal.
The cathedral in Salisbury is well worth a visit, and it’s now been declared safe after the Novichok incident.