Posts Tagged ‘Cathedral’

The Cathedral of Saint Louis

The Cathedral of Saint LouisThe Cathedral of Saint Louis

St. Louis

I have a lot of good memories in this town. There is a part of me that still gets giddy like a little kid when I drive down I-64 through the City.

If you’ve taken 64 into St. Louis, you may have noticed a large green dome to the West-Northwest.

It is the Cathedral of Saint Louis. It is very big and very beautiful with an absurd number of mosaics. I went there a few weekends back.

After mass a number of people stuck around to take pictures with mostly hand held point-and-shoot cameras. At most a small flash will basically do nothing to improve your photos in a large, relatively dim space. You really need a tripod.

The Cathedral of Saint Louis, as seen from I-64

I actually had one guy come up to me and ask if I was a photographer working at the church, kinda like those photographers at Disneyland I guess. I told him “no” but I took a picture of him with his camera. I’m a nice guy like that.

The Organ at Holy Name Cathedral

The Organ at Holy Name CathedralThe Organ at Holy Name Cathedral

One of my First Photos

I took this last summer when I was first getting into photography and it is still one of my favorites.

There is a lot of great detail on the ceiling, the organ itself is pretty cool, and the stained glass provides some color.

This scene is inside of Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. It is a very imposing gothic style structure. While the inside is somewhat austere, and the altar isn’t noteworthy, I do think it is a beautiful church.

They certainly don’t build them this way anymore, which is a shame.

Facebook Page

In other news, I’ve setup a new Facebook page for and my HDR photos.

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Vaulted Ceiling The Organ Stained Glass
Vaulted Ceiling A Grand Instrument Stained Glass

San Francisco

Cathedral by Moonlight Cathedral by Moonlight – Grace Episcopalian Cathedral in downtown San Francisco

I had the good fortune of going to San Francisco for a business conference this past week. When I wasn’t at the conference, I had some opportunities to explore the city. I had actually seen this beautiful Cathedral the day prior, but I had foolishly decided to explore San Francisco sans camera.

I came back the next night and took this shot. As I was taking pictures two lovely young women came up to me, expressing their dismay in trying to photograph this picaresque church at night. I showed them a shot I took, which they seemed to think was pretty good, so I handed them my card and said they’d be able to download the picture from my website later on.

They thought this was too good to be true and insinuated that I would try to charge them for it like some kind of fly-by-night, bait-and-switch, raspberry-seed-in-the-wisdom-tooth-of-the-consumer, carpet-bagging-snake-oil salesman! Well they did seem rather nice, and since they don’t know me we’ll forgive them for it.

So ladies, if you are reading this, you’ll find the picture in question available for download at no charge. Hope you had a great time in San Francisco and found a nice Italian place to eat at. Drop me a message if you like the picture (and if you’d like to apologize for doubting me). Just kidding about the apology!

I’ll be posting more of my San Francisco pictures in the coming days!