Photographer's block (theme)
I travelled to May Hill today to stay with my friends Steve and Ann before a photo day nearby tomorrow so on my way here I stopped off in Gloucester to take some photos of the Cathedral. I visited the building briefly in May 2008 and have been promising myself a return visit for ages. To make sure I got some really sharp shots I brought my tripod along. I have something of a love-hate relationship with my tripod. For still life macro shots it’s an absolute godsend but I find it gets in the way of my creativity when I’m taking architectural photos. However, I knew the light levels would be low in the Cathedral so I made myself use it. As I feared I found it a real frustration and after an hour I hadn’t really taken anything I was particularly pleased with. Just as I was about to leave to take a stroll around the cloisters I came back to this view, which had caught my eye when I first arrived. I find something so satisfying about the layers and interweaving arches so I persevered and managed to find a composition I was happy with. Ultimately I am really pleased with the result – I could never have achieved this without the tripod – so I think it was worth the effort. Let’s hope it doesn’t take me quite so long to get my photographic eye in tomorrow!
Postscript: I realised after I’d posted this that this photo, quite coincidentally, fits today’s walls theme perfectly!