Cologne Cathedral

I arrived at the Cathedral before it opened. I knew they would probably frown on tripods, so I set up my camera on the tripod outside the church, everything ready to go so I just needed to press the shutter on the remote control. I used ISO 400 so that the longest shot would be less than 30 seconds so I did not have to use manual mode. As soon as the church opened, I was the first one in, took a few steps, plopped my tripod on the center and pressed the shutter. Within 15 seconds, with German efficiency, an angry man appeared from nowhere, waving his hands and telling me things in German that I did not understand. I had to pick up the tripod before the long exposure was done and leave. To add insult to injury, I had forgotten to remove my hat, so got chewed up for that too.


So here is the 2 exposure HDR, soemwhat noisy as I had to do without the longest exposure. The streaks of light at the bottom are from the cleaning lady who was finishing up before the church opened. Processed in Photomatix, Neatimage and Nik Color Efex.


A great Cathedral, worth the trouble to try to get a decent shot. I feel bad always trying to game the tripod police, who are just doing their job. However, these are lovely places that are worth capturing and sharing: as always my images are available to everyone via the CC license.


Happy New Year to all my flickr friends.

Toni, NIKONIANO and 27 more people faved this
  • szefi 4y

    I always love the stories that go with your photos :) funny that in Rome of all places, tripod photography is generally allowed in churches as long as you can convince the priest that you are indeed an amateur.
  • Elbier Minks 4y

    I like the perpestive.
    Happy new year!
  • Calvin Lee 4y

    Excellent work.

    Seen in my contacts' photos.
  • Shibu Bhattacharjee 4y

    Happy New Year to you and yours 2012 !!
  • Ian@NZFlickr 4y

    I guess they do at least allow some photography? Well done on what you got Pedro.
  • Jim Sisko 4y

    And a Happy New Year to you!
  • il neige sur Liège 4y

    Hurry and angry man notwithstanding, the results are awesome!
    Interesting depth, I like it a lot!

    Thank you for the visit!
    Happy 2012!
  • Axel Diederich 4y


  • Luigi Mirto/ArchiMlFotoWord 4y

    Colgo l’occasione delle festività, di Auguranti un Felicissimo e Prosperoso anno 2012.
    Desideravo invitarti a visionare l’ultima mia immagine inserita nel mio Stream Fotografico e se lo gradisci ed hai qualche momento da dedicarvi, puoi lascare un tuo parere su cosa ti ha suscitato, emozioni, sensazioni o altro.
    I take this occasion of the feast of auguring a Happy and prosperous year 2012
    I wanted to invite you to view my last image inserted in my Photo Stream and I like it and if you have some time to devote, you can leave your opinion on what has caused you, emotions, sensations, or otherwise..

    Qui il link:
    Piccole Donne  - Little Women by .Luigi Mirto/ArchiMlFotoWord

    Quadri happy new year
    Che tu possa trascorrere con I tuoi cari momenti belli e pieni di emozione
    May you enjoy good times with your loved ones and full of emotion
  • Roberto 4y

  • Open your eyes<:::::::::::::::::::::::::::: 4y

    Bonne compo:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::
  • annegretb 4y

    excellent work !!!
  • syncrow 4y

    Wonderful photo of an amazing structure.
  • Igor Prahin 4y

    It's exterior is equally wonderful.
  • Jeff Tam 4y

    great capture of the interior design with all the lines and patterns! amazing!
  • Hans van Bockel 3y

    Despite the problems with the suppost a great and beautiful shot! Nice processed as well. ☺
  • malavoda 3y

    Truly an intense opening for 2012! Wish you all the best my friend! Tom
  • B. Bowen Carr 3y

    Beautifully captured!
  • Bill Funke 3y

    Beautiful shot.
  • L.M. G. 3y

    looks fantastic!
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