Vertical Panorama Chapel Shot: Image of the Week #3
Continuing this new section of my website where I will be featuring one of my favourite photographs each week and breaking it down.
This weeks photograph is the “vertical panorama”, taken from Rosemary & Luke’s winter wedding at Trinity College last year.
Rosemary had contacted me a year or so before her wedding as she specifically wanted a documentary wedding photographer. When she explained that her wedding to Luke would be at the stunning Trinity College in Oxford I was thrilled. I’d photographed weddings previously in Oxford University colleges, but never Trinity and it was only when I went to view the chapel did the stunning beauty of the building become obvious.
Trinity College was founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas Pope, on land bought following the abolition of Durham College during the period of Protestant Reformation, whose buildings housed the original foundation. Pope was a Catholic who had no surviving children, and he hoped that by founding a college he would be remembered in the prayers of its students. His remains are still encased beside the chapel altar.
The chapel, though relatively modest in size compared to some of its Oxford counterparts, was the first college chapel to be designed entirely in the neoclassical style. It was designed by Henry Aldrich, with advice from Christopher Wren, and was consecrated in 1694.
It is modest in size, but I knew I wanted to get a shot with as much of the decor and ambience in as possible. Because of the size, and the fact that I don’t use any super-wide angle lenses left me with a bit of a dilemma when it came to capturing the frame. I took several shots of course; of the ceiling, of the organ and of the chapel itself, but the shot below was formed of two images, shot horizontally to get as much left-to-right information in as possible and stitched together later.
The image captures everything I wanted it to including some of the congregation, the ceremony itself and a portion of the wonderful ceiling at the chapel.
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark 2
Shutter: 1/60th Second
Lens: Canon EF 35mm 1.4 L
Flash: Did not fire
Focal Length: 35mm
The two images were captured in manual on the camera.
Photoshop CS5 has a wonderful panorama stitching facility and I used that to put the two images together. I didn’t have to do any work on the joins in the image and along with the lens profiling in Lightroom 3 I was very happy with the way the two pieces of software stitched allowed me to stitch the image together.
The image of course has been through my standard colour editing workflow and I added a bit of extra selective sharpening to the details in the ceiling to make them more pronounced. The images were taken by holding the camera at foot level, exposing, then tilting the camera up slightly and shooting again. I did actually have a four image stitch but it just didn’t seem to work for me.
The Finished Photograph: