Saturday, 9 February 2013

PT Challenge #186: CLASSICAL

Good morning from a cold and rainy Wales, this is Mitch, and I'll be your host for this week's challenge.  My chosen theme is Classical. Now, I can already hear you asking....'classical what?'. Well, that is up to you. There is plenty of scope.....classical buildings, such as castles, cathedrals, churches, palaces (either inside or outside), or you could use sculptures or statues, or maybe something that represents classical music, or maybe you have your own ideas on what classical means. Just have fun and let's see some great photos!!

Just a quick word of thanks to Baz for last week's theme, which proved to be the most popular one since PT arrived on Blogger, going by the number of entries we had!! There were so many great photos!!

Ok, my own entries for 'Classical':

1) The 'fluted column' is a classical piece of architecture. This one was taken at Wells Cathedral, Somerset, England.  Pillar & Ceiling

2)  Gargoyles are another classical feature of many old buildings in the UK. Most are usually grotesque, but I've chosen a nicer one. Do you think she looks surprised by something? This one was taken at Windsor Castle. Gargoyle 8

3) My final shot was taken at St David's Cathedral, Wales. It's looking straight up the main tower towards it's beautiful painted ceiling. Tower Ceiling 2

33 comments:

  1. Good morning mate, the weather is the same here, beautiful shots every one I especially like the roof in St David's Cathedral. I will be back with a contribution later Mitch;)

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    1. Thanks mate :-)) Yes, St David's is a really beautiful building.

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  2. Good choice of theme, for this week's challenge, Mitch! Three awesome shots I see on here. Fantastic angle in the top one... I love gargoyles, sometimes they seem to be telling us something special... that's the case with that in the second shot... Amazing painted ceiling and its detail is really beautiful, making it be my favourite...

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    1. Hi Belita, I'm glad you like the theme!! I think all three of my shots are good examples of the saying "always look up!!". LOL. In many classical buildings, much of the beauty can be found on the roofs or ceilings.

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  3. Thanks for the theme Mitch. Solothurn where I live sort of invented classic stuff. Everything is under some sort of protection. Everytime you want to build something new it is all delayed because they uncover something that has to be protected. Anyhow you have three wonderful photos. I just love gargoyles, and the views on the other shots are really good - some wonderful angles.

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    1. Glad you like the theme, Pat :-)) I'd noticed in several of your photos that Solothurn has a lot of classical architecture, so thought that this theme would be one you wouldn't find difficult. Thanks for the comments on mine :-))

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  4. Incredible detail in those ceilings. Love the grotesque.

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  5. These are all excellent examples of classical. Such intricate detail in the architecture! The bottom photo is especially appealing to me :)

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    1. Thanks Danette :-)) That painted ceiling at St David's really is beautiful. Several times I've got a crick in my neck from looking up at it for too long!! LOL.

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  6. Same perspective for all these three shots. :)
    I like the third one very much.

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    1. Hi Sophie. Yes, the best perspective on classical architecture is often found by looking up!! :-))

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  7. I like how you chose to photograph the column in the cathedral in Somerset. I love how it seems fluted like stemware. It's inverted. The ceiling in St. David's Cathedral is beautiful. Did you have to lay on your back to shoot that image? Interesting shot of the gargoyle at Windsor Castle.

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    1. Thanks for your comments Robert. I actually leaned on the column to take the first shot, with my hands raised above my head. I've photographed the tower ceiling at St David's several times, and have tried various techniques. The cathedral have provided an angled mirror to observe and photograph the ceiling, but having tried that first, I was not satisfied with the results, the image tended to be distorted. I've tried laying on my back, but the best results I've gotten (including this shot), is where I've been standing and leaned right back to take the shot. When leaning back at that angle I've found it helps to hold my breath, as it minimises body movement.

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  8. You have done a magnificent job with Wells Cathedral. I found myself trying to decide how many radii there were and what the whole thing looks like. Visually, it is incredibly intriguing as a photograph.

    The gargoyle does look a bit surprised and I enjoy the perspective of St. David's.

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    1. Thanks Benni :-)) That is one of my favourite perspective shots, but I've never had a chance to use it in a theme til now!! Maybe the gargoyle has spotted one of her less-handsome colleagues!! LOL.

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  9. this group is new to me.. is there a place to read the rules and is it open to all?

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  10. k.. saw the rules on the right.. i will prob just remain a follower for awhile :P

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    1. You are welcome to join the group at any time Jacob :-)) All you'd need to do is send me the e-mail address you use for your Blogger account (to: picturethistng@gmail.com), and I'll send you an invite.

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  11. Hi Mitch, your theme and your photos are brilliant I must say...

    I am still very sick and going back to bed any minute now. It is only 6:51 pm and I didn't crawl out of bed until just after 2:pm. (Sunday).

    Just trying to keep up at the moment.

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    1. Thanks Shayna :-))

      Sorry to hear you're still sick. Have you seen the doc? It seems to be going on quite a while. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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  12. Stunning shots as usual ... I have always been fascinated with Gargoyles ... they looks so foreboding at times ... I wonder if they were used to scare off intruders. That last shot is simply gorgeous ... there is something about British buildings for sure ... the workmanship is simply stunning.

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    1. Thanks Lynne :-)) Gargoyles have a rather fascinating history. If you have time look up the Wiki entry for them.

      I love that painted ceiling at St David's, I could look at it for ages. There's another one at Wimbourne Minster, in Dorset, although not quite as ornate as this one.

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  13. Nice theme, Mitch. It's great to be back with the group again. I missed everyone. Let's not ever get separated again, K? lol.


    Love the angle of that first shot. So hard to do those justice, isn't it? But this angle worked very well.


    The gargoyle is so unusual.

    I love cathedrals and that ceiling is just amazing!

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    1. Thanks Debby :-))

      Well, we're not planning on going anywhere else for the foreseeable future!!. Blogger seems to be the most stable platform around and now we've figured out how to adapt the group to it's different configuration to Multiply, we're just flying along :-))

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  14. Fabulous examples. This is going to really make me think. Not sure what I have that fits the theme but will give it a try.

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    1. Thanks Lynda :-))

      I hope you manage to find something.

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  15. Good Morning, Mitch. YOu have me totally stumped with "classical" so for now, will just look around at the other entries and see if I can figure something out. Our country is so new, really, the oldest buildings are from 1800. Nothing classical in architecture I can think of. A bit difficult to post classical music, though my friend has a classical guitar, I think. LOL

    Nice choice for top banner, you choose, nicely again. you are doing a nice job with your group on here.

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    1. Hi Marianne!! Things don't necessarily have to be really old to be 'classical', as you'll see as you go around the other entries. I'm betting with a little thought you'll come up with something:-))

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    2. as per usual you are right *grins* .............. on the way! Coming up, watch this space etc

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