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12.2.08
  More Old Architecture, This Time With Colour

The pics are taken inside the other church in Heiligenstadt, St. Mary. There is more light, because St. Mary is a hall church with aisles and nave the same height, so the light can come in through large windows at the aisles instead of smaller clerestories in the upper part of the nave.

St Mary, Heiligenstadt, interior - the shot was taken with a wide angle objective

The white paint adds to the effect as well. The paint was added during the 1970ies restoration, based on some traces of old colours, while the 19th century neo-Gothic decorations got ereased.

If you look closely, you'll see that the bundled pillars are not much different from St.Martin, but to enhance the hall effect, the choir was rebuilt in the late 14th century in a larger scale and to the same height as the nave and aisles.

View towards the choir ceiling which is painted as well

I experimented with wide angle shots in that church. I'm really looking forward to the new computer and the photo edition programs which should give me some tricks to deal with the 'falling' effects of the pillars.
 
Comments:
Oh, this is nicely lit compared to some Italian churches I've been in. Functional, but still pretty. Some day, when you get bored, can you do a shot straight up a pillar? Vicarious vault inspection? *g*
 
These are gorgeous pictures (as are the ones down below.) What a lovely church!! And the stones are so clean. Usually they are blackened with age and candle residue.
 
I'll see what I can do next time I come near a pillar, Constance. :)

Sam, we take care of our old churches. I keep walking into scaffoldings and areas closed for renovation all the time. ;)
 
The lighting in your shots is brilliant. Your recent church shots are really nice. And they look so clean and sparkly, almost as if they were recently built rather than hundreds of years ago. Have they had specialist cleaning or restoration?
 
Shelley, after the reunion a decent amount of 'West' money was put into the restoration of historical buildings in east Germany, so by now the churches look really pretty. :) Though Heiligenstadt had been one of the places where work was already going on in GDR times because it was one of the show-off towns for state visitors.
 
Lovely. The light is beautiful :)
 
I just sold my father's old "bellows" camera. It was used for such pictures...you would set an angle on the bellows to get an effect that makes looking up into a forest of pillars look more natural. I understand there are photo handling programs that will do this just fine now.

Lest I sound like I know what I am talking about, I must quickly assure you that I am only going by what my dad told me when i was a wee lad. Photo manipulation is becoming an art form in its own right these days.

Regards,
Bill
 
Thank you, Celede.

Bill,
the manipulations I use are only such as to bring the technology closer to the human eye. We don't see the pillars as falling, and we can see better in dim light than a camera - mine already has a specific feature for dark room photographing which I use. It still needs a calm hand, though.

I would not call greater manipulations photographing, but an art involving photos, something between photographing and painting.
 
Just gorgous!
 
Lovely pics. There's an award waiting for you on my blog.
 
Thank you, Meghan and Marie.

Another award? I'm honoured. Thank you very much, Marie.
 
Impressive pictures. I've heard the terms "clerestories" and "choir" many times in medieval texts when talking about cathedral construction. How would you describe what parts of the church these are referring to? I never can get a good picture of those in my mind.
 
The choir the part at the eastern end of the main nave - often shaped as apsis (a half circle) or otherwise distinguised from the rest of the building. That this was changed in St.Mary is a bit unusual. Clerestories are the windows in the upper part of the main nave in basilica stlye churches where the aisles are lower than the main nave, and the windows in the crossing tower.
 
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