On Saturday afternoon eight hardy souls from Blandford Camera club met in Blandford and made our way to Salisbury for a sunset and evening photoshoot. When I say hardy it was probably one of the coldest nights we have had this winter and I had warned everyone to dress warmly and we all looked larger than usual with all the extra layers, plus woolly hats and gloves, so we were prepared as best we could!

Paul Hunter, one of our members had the first venue lined up for us, I had visions of water meadows and John Constable but we were taken to the very top of the Culver street multi-story car park! “Has he lost his marbles” I thought and I was soon to realise that no he had not, it was the perfect place for the sunset over the rooftops of the city. the sun was moving down to the horizon to the left of the cathedral spire while we set up our tripods waiting in anticipation. It didn’t disappoint it was clear except for a few clouds and the skyline changed as the sun went down providing us with plenty of opportunity to try our photography. What the shoppers thought of our line of tripods I don’t know but it was worth it.

Cathedral sunset silhouette
Cathedral sunset silhouette

The two images below were both made from two images each one exposed for the sky and one exposed for the buildings and then combined in Photoshop to get a more even light to the image rather than the buildings in silhouette. A little experiment!

Across the rooftops
Across the rooftops
Across the rooftops 2
Across the rooftops 2
When the floodlights came on
When the floodlights came on

The sun disappeared and the floodlights came on the cathedral and then it was time to move on.

We then made our way to the centre of the city and before we went to the cathedral we had a welcome cup of tea/coffee.

We synchronized watches when we reached the cathedral and all of us disappeared in the darkness around the cathedral to find that special view, bumping into each other to compare notes now and then. We all moved around getting the cathedral from different angles, even the full moon peeped through the cloud at times so we could add it to our compositions.

Salisbury cathedral
Salisbury cathedral
f16 25 secs ISO200 10-20mm wide angle lens 16mm
Salisbury cathedral and full moon
Salisbury cathedral and full moon
f16 30 secs ISO200 10-20mm wide angle lens 12 mm
Salisbury cathedral monochrome
Salisbury cathedral monochrome
f16 30secs ISO200 10-20mm wide angle lens 12 mm

I found it difficult to take pictures with the building upright in the frame with the wide angle lens, I can’t justify buying a tilt and shift lens so I adjusted the perspective in Photoshop but there was still a slight lean to the spire, if I tried to get the spire upright it made the steeple look too short so I adjusted for the most pleasing composition and I am happy with how the images of the cathedral look.

I also went through the cathedral cloisters which were very quiet so I could get some images without too many tourists about!

Cloisters
Cloisters
Cathedral spire through the cloisters
Cathedral spire through the cloisters

All to soon it was time to make our way home, although we did have time to take a few shots as we returned to the car park in the shopping mall. It gave me a chance to test the ISO sensitivity on my Canon 7D Mk2 and I was happy to get the image below at 1250 ISO hand held.

Old George Mall, Salisbury
Old George Mall, Salisbury

It was very cold by then but I think all who were there agreed it had been a good evening,

4 thoughts on “Night Photography – Salisbury Cathedral

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