Friday Travel Photo – vol 4

Elgin, but no marbles!

As I photographed quite a bit while in Scotland, I thought I’d once again dip into my pool of images from that 2013 vacation.

Elgin Cathedral

After leaving the Inverness area, our next Bed and Breakfast was in Braemar in the Highlands.  As we hadn’t planned a specific route, our decision was to follow the A96 a bit and see when we’d turn south.

As we got to Elgin, I suggested that we make a stop somewhere to break up the drive; not knowing that we’d find the amazing Elgin Cathedral right in our path!  The grounds of this cathedral are not only stunning, as can be seen in the above image, but they are also overflowing with the spiritual energy that has collected here throughout the ages.  If you are sensitive to these energies, you can’t help but be touched at a large number of locations on the grounds.

Additionally, the structure is visually stunning, and, considering that construction started in the first half of the 1200s, one can’t help but be amazed by the advanced building techniques that existed to build such precise arches.  Its rich history is detailed further on the History Scotland – Elgin Cathedral web page.

Technical Details

This image was captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III with a 17-40 f/4L lens attached.  Settings for this image were f/10 with 1/400 second at 400 ISO.

Bonus Coverage

A second image from this cathedral taken from the top of the North tower, which is precipitous…

From on high!

Note that this gives an excellent view of the area, with the river Lossie just behind the cathedral.

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

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