After a walk around the Fitzwilliam Museum today my plan had been to do some street photography. Sadly, the morning sun had hidden behind the clouds and Cambridge remains relatively quiet so I just couldn’t get inspired. Instead I quickly booked a ticket for King's College Chapel and headed there for some more architecture photography.
The last time I visited King's was way back in August 2014, so I felt sure I could improve upon my photos from that occasion. There were very few other visitors, so I never had to wait long for a clear view of anything that caught my eye and I found some beautiful light in the side chapels.
The most challenging part of the chapel to photograph was the screen, erected by King Henry VIII to celebrate his marriage to Anne Boleyn. Carved ornately from very dark wood it seems to absorb all available light so I was always going to struggle here without a tripod. Fortunately, looking back from the altar there was just enough illumination to at least try and do it justice.
The ceiling of the chapel features the largest fan vault in the world, so naturally I spent a lot of time looking upwards again. There was no need to lie down on this occasion, although sitting cross legged on the floor I was delighted to discover this wonderful medieval building also has underfloor heating!
16 December 2020