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Old Jul 19, 2011, 10:14 PM   #1
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While uptown on the westside I headed for the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. It was on my Frommers' New York City guidebook as a must-see in the area.

"The Episcopal Church is a mainline Anglican Christian church...organized shortly after the American Revolution when it was forced to separate from the Church of England, as Church of England clergy were required to swear allegiance to the British monarch." (source: wikipedia.org)

Saint John the Divine is the Cathedral of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

While there, I met a photographer who asked if I was doing HDR. He had an accent that sounded European to me and remembering that we have members here from Europe, I thought I'd mention steves-digicams.com in case he was one. He wasn't familiar with the site but said he'll check it out to see my pictures. I hope I posted in time for him to see them.

Anyway, thank you for looking. As usual, C&C welcome.

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Old Jul 19, 2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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A most impressive structure and, as usual, beautifully captured.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 6:58 PM   #3
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Nice angles vv. They don't build em like that any more.
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Old Jul 20, 2011, 10:09 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot, Walter, banksy. The church does seem out of place and, um, out of its time.

St. John the Divine is so big, the ornate and massive exterior alone demands awe. I felt like I was in some remote part of England -- definitely not New York City -- once inside the garden by the Peace Fountain where a seemingly baroque or grotesque (I can’t decide which) statue depicting “the winged Archangel Michael... leader of the heavenly host against the forces of Evil...vanquishing his chief opponent, Satan...” stands beside the imposing and medieval-looking Gothic church.

And once inside, the wide open space without any pews or fixtures whatsoever that greets the visitor -- just a cavernous hall with some tall stone pillars all around supporting the Cathedral’s high roof -- seems to serve either as an engulfing embrace or a stark reminder of how diminutively small we are, or maybe both.

I appreciate the comments especially since, not so much as the pp but I was concerned I might not do justice to the church by not being able to convey the awe one feels -- as I saw others did the same -- upon seeing it.

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Magnificent, as usual. I agree that the interior shots are the most impressive, but I very much like the garden shot with the statue of St. Michael.
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Thank you, Barbarian. I very much wanted to take more interior shots, especially of the altar, but a service started while I was there.

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Great shots Billy. I can see some were done under hard circumstances. Almost need a fish eye lens to capture it all.
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Stunning! Great shots, all of them!

I wonder how a night shot, with it all lit up would look..?

Thank you for sharing!
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Thanks a lot, Paul, JeannieBug.

Yes, I was literally on the edge of the sidewalk (and had to watch out for oncoming buses).

I know this won't substitute for a real night shot but I thought I'd give it a try.

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Very dramatic! But, I meant with it lit up from the inside. I don't know... Would it be blasphemous to photograph a church during mass? They might shoo you away...
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