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Durham Cathedral #3

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 1 December 2013 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

The finest part of our trip from South Shields was seeing Durham Cathedral lit up by huge projections from the "Crown of light" feature. Truly spectacular, this was the reason why the crowds were so deep and dense on Palace Green.

This was my favourite picture from the night, and an approproiate one to end the series with. It was just the variety of patterns displayed on the cathedral which made this eye catching for me.

In fact this turned out to be my favourite shot of the year, after careful planning and arranging timing etc. to be on Palace Green after the bulk of the massive crowds had moved on I had a good spot, the sky was pretty clear and I had all of my equipment to hand (tripod, torch, remote release). I also had time to make a few test shots and determine the correct exposure, but really the biggest thrill was to see one of the world's greatest cathedrals, the spiritual home of the northern saints, lit up with illuminations taken from the Lindisfarne Gospels, at a time when this iconic tome was being displayed in Durham University library.

To be honest I like this one more than the previous post (which was Spotlighted) because the crowds are farther back and it increases the dimensions of the place, I think the colours and patterns are a little sharper and more dynamic in this shot too.

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Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Very beautiful to watch.

1 Dec 2013 5:40am

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Nice one.

1 Dec 2013 6:00am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

It must have been wondrous to be there Curly.

1 Dec 2013 6:15am

PATRICK from miramas, France

another very great capture

1 Dec 2013 7:27am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

More centered than the previous shot, but as beautiful! A great series and you've been lucky to watch the show with your own eyes! And....share it with us a little bit!
Yesterday there was a broadcast on TV just about these projections on buildings as such an event takes place now in many cities around the archipelago! It's cool! But...it seems it is not that easy! The building has to meet certain conditions (like having all windows covered) in order to assure the success of the projection. A fine one is going on right now in Tokyo on the refurbished Tokyo station (which is an old piece of exquisite architecture).

1 Dec 2013 7:50am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful show !

1 Dec 2013 9:15am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Yep, I would agree, nicest patterns on this one. Aren't light shows brilliant?
This looked like an amazing trip.

1 Dec 2013 9:32am

Florence from Paris, France

That's truly great, some of these guys are now able to give wonderful spectacles using cathedrals or administrative building. A very nice example and token of their talent.

1 Dec 2013 9:47am

helys from Paris, France

Amazing patterns and colored lights:)

1 Dec 2013 9:47am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Very other worldly, great what they can do with light projections:)

1 Dec 2013 10:14am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

another wonderful bit of light art,

1 Dec 2013 10:48am

Toscana from Baden, France

Today, a best frame. Anyway, your series is very lovely.
Enjoy sunday, Catherine.

1 Dec 2013 11:00am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A view that shows the cheerful brightness of the building and the undulating shape of human heads destancan on the lights ... Excellent composition Curly! Best, Adela

1 Dec 2013 11:10am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

An image of a thousand beautiful colors. I like the ripple of human head silhouetted against the building! Good picture! Best, Adela

1 Dec 2013 11:20am

Devi from Chennai, India

Wow !!! This is the best among the lot!!
....as if it's slowly descending from the sky!!

1 Dec 2013 11:55am

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful capture of a beautiful projection mapping on the Cathedral. It could be a merger of the high tech and a historical structure. Superb.

1 Dec 2013 2:21pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

wow ! excellent shot

1 Dec 2013 3:46pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

ANother spectacular image!

1 Dec 2013 3:50pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Really amazing !

1 Dec 2013 4:33pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle belle iamge et éclairage sur cette façade sueprbe effet.

1 Dec 2013 4:58pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

my favourite also...you get a better appreciation of the size of the crowd and the light show is perhaps not only sharper but these visuals still allow you to see the detail of the cathedral. Looks like it was a bit of a special night!

1 Dec 2013 5:19pm

CreatednotFound from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Wow the lights are soo cool in this and well done!!

1 Dec 2013 6:33pm

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Beautiful series. Great and amazing photo.

1 Dec 2013 6:39pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Wonderful ... the colors are a little lighter with smaller patterns, that project beautifully. Thanks so much for sharing this wonder of wonders with us!

1 Dec 2013 6:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


1 Dec 2013 7:28pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

The colors are just stunning! The people who put this together are really talented. It certainly makes the cathedral look totally different. Gorgeous image!

1 Dec 2013 10:21pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal


1 Dec 2013 11:02pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Wonderful lightning

2 Dec 2013 4:42am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

incredible light show

2 Dec 2013 10:51am

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

I like this one best so far. Good use of the crowd in silhouette in the foreground.

2 Dec 2013 11:27am

digitalCG from Manchester, United Kingdom

Wow, that's some spectacle. Pretty damned special, Curly.

2 Dec 2013 7:54pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very cool series.

3 Dec 2013 12:55am

Hilde V. Morin from Portland, Oregon, United States

Spectacular scenery and shot! I love the dark heads in the foreground...shows off the huge crown!

4 Dec 2013 5:51pm

pascal from bollene, France

lovely color...well done....as always....

8 Dec 2013 6:42pm

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

Somehow I missed this one. Happy to have had the opportunity to see it as part of the 2013 Faves. Happy New Year, Curly.

2 Jan 2014 3:03pm

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