The Epic Cathedral

Tips for Immoral Activities in Church

This is an OLD one from 2007. Remember good old 2007? iPods were bulky and so was my camera. I guess it still is. Anyway, here is a Top 10 Tips list about how to take photos inside of a church….

Daily Photo – The Epic Cathedral

I got this shot right before the Catholic Notre Dame police told me to take down the tripod. So I had to be fast… fast like the withdrawal method.

With the wide-angle lens, people do get a little bit stretched, but I think that is okay in some circumstances. It doesn’t really affect my enjoyment of the photo. And, since all the columns are leaning in and whatnot, if the people were normal sized and looked perfect while all the architecture around them was wonky, THAT might look strange. So, by keeping everything a little bit wonky, it kinda works. At least, this is what I am telling myself.

HDR Photo

  • Susan

    Great shot Trey – my how grand this is!! lol at the ‘withdrawal’ method – you are too funny Trey!

  • Wow, awesome. Nice shot.

    A couple years ago I was in the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. I had just gotten a 430 EX II flash like a few weeks before and I was using it in one of the rooms where there was no people and it wouldn’t disturb anyone.

    Then I wandered into the main hall and I saw this lady kneeling in the center of the meditation circle, but I knew I couldn’t use my flash on her and I didn’t have a tripod – So I walked up to what I thought was a table. I set my flash on the edge of the “table” and was composing my shot, when my flash… fell in. It was the holy water.

    I was so focused on the shot I didn’t notice the huge “table” was actually the holy water pool. Shortly after that, my flash started to smell like burning circuits and smoking. I guess I should have took the batteries out. Anyway, we joked that my flash was blessed by god. Luckily, Canon replaced it for free.

  • Cathedral shots always work splendidly in HDR!

    Great story Jess ๐Ÿ™‚ My last cathedral photo-experience was in St.Patricks Cathedral in New York. I just went in to take a few photos but ended up getting locked-in for midday mass. I must have looked like a horrible imposter running around the back of the building trying to locate an exit point. It took me a while and a few funny looks but I finally found a side soor and escaped!

  • “If security comes to get you, blame Stuck In Customs and that will confuse them long enough so you can make a getaway…” โ€” This gave me a good laugh! If only we could legitimately blame you for all our trespassing to get cool photos. I was recently shooting BEHIND the flood gates of a dam, and would have had zero time to run if they had opened them up. I figured it was worth the risk, hehe… Speaking of 2007, yes those were the days. I got my first iPhone, and my first 4WD. Good times indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Dennis

    Don’t know if you’ve answered this before. When you fly, do you carry your tripod with your carry-on or does it go in checked baggage? If you ever have the time a tips section for equipment and airlines would be great. Thanks!

    And, I agree, if the “people were normal sized while all the architecture around them was wonky” that would look strange. Though, sometimes strange can be kind of interesting. Anyway, another great shot.

  • Gail in Montana

    I agree with your Mom, Trey!! What a wonderful photo of a grand place. I remember 2007 well. We went to Oregon in our new Prius. New car and new place. It was one of the few states we hadn’t been in. Also the year I got my adorable Dorie who’s on my photo that accompanies my post. So it was a very good year!!!! This year, St. Louis in October, and next year, hopefully, ALASKA!!! Have a wonderful weekend. Happy Father’s Day to all you Dad’s that visit this site. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • It works for me Trey. Great shot.

  • Great use of your wide angle. You got it right with those people in this shot. Their appearance really works considering their surroundings. I tried shooting in a church once. Long story short, unsuccessful. I’ll have to read those tips of yours and try again. ;-P

  • Simon Morris

    Woah, this is wonderful Trey – I like the texture of the stonework, the stained glass windows and of course the composition… represents the scale of Notre Dame perfectly!
    Have you tucked into your favourite food yet – rotten shark!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Trey. great tips for church shooting (with camera of course). it looks like you set up pretty low to the ground, is that correct?

  • Vicki Wilson

    Great shot! I love looking at the beautiful stained glass windows in a church. It amazes me on how these wonderful churches were built back in ancient times and with such wonderful structural designs. Another option if you can’t get a tripod into a place like this is to ask a friend to stand in as an alternative, place your camera on top of their shoulder, makes for a great tripod!

  • Thanks all.

    Dennis – I do both – carry-on and check…. never had problems with either…

    Simon – Rotten shark – once was enough!

    Jess – hehe funny story – thanks!

  • Oh I went to my first Wrestlemania in 2007 AND moved out of the parents place just a few months before that – that was indeed a memorable yeah!

  • Hi Trey,

    Your pictures are so amazing… you inspire me… thanks for teaching me about HDR too… I tried it, but I can’t afford the software at the moment to treat it and take more of them… I did a good one of my dad though… Anyhoo… just thought I would stop in and say Hi. I love that you added me on Facebook. Your pictures are a joy to look at. I put a link to mine, up top… my favorite thing in Photography is to find Natural Fractals… ๐Ÿ™‚
    Keep up your great and inspiring work!

  • Geez was that 2007!!! I feel old.
    I am suddenly getting hits on a link I had to a photo in the comments of that article Trey ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have had a lot of experience photographing cathedrals since then too, so I will impose myself, by adding a link in this article too, assuming you don’t mind ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Epic shot Trey. Excellent use of the fisheye, it really gives a sense of scale and the processing is top drawer

  • I think your work is absolutely amazing. We have been following you since last few years!

    Speaking of churches and cathedrals. We have been trying to compose similar to Trey’s but not sure how good it looks like? Can you please have a look and please comment?ล›ciรณล‚-Pokoju-Swidnica/i-QS9X4gx/0/XL/IMG7422HDR-Version-2-XL.jpg

    Warm Regards

  • Great photo, can’t wait to visit there later this summer.

  • Very nice!

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