Afternoons at the Duomo

Afternoons at the Duomo

A long exposure taken one afternoon in front of the Duomo in Milan, Italy…

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The Berliner Dom

The Berliner Dom

Two photos from Berlin, of their lovely and impressive cathedral...

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The greatest church in the world

The greatest church in the world

The Vatican in Rome is simply breath-taking!

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The only one out shooting

The only one out shooting

An early wakeup one morning in France gave me the opportunity to photography Notre Dame without another soul around...and it was perfect!

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Notre Dame morning

Notre Dame morning

Notre Dame in Paris is always crowded, so my solution was to get up and shoot it at sunrise.  Turns out I had it all to myself!

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St Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow

St Andrew's Cathedral in Glasgow

There is a gorgeous little cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland known as St Andrew's - and it's well worth a visit.  Here are a few pics from my last trip there that show how pretty this place really is!

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Christmas with Quasimodo

Christmas with Quasimodo

Ah, the beauty of Notre Dame in Paris!  And even prettier with a huge Christmas tree out front!  Click on through and have a look - there are 7 photos for you to enjoy today my friends!

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Inside Glasgow Cathedral

I love shooting in European churches.  Have I said that before?  ;-)

I feel like a broken record here on the blog sometimes.  I feel like I am always saying something about sunrise, or churches, or street scenes - primarily in Europe.  But the truth is I find that stuff interesting, and you shoot what you like, right?  (Unless you are on assignment of course, but that's not what I do.  I guess I would do it, but it doesn't ever come up.  Speaking of which, if someone needs a photographer to shoot some cool churches in Europe, let me know!)

Anyways, I do love wandering into, around, underneath and sometimes on top of churches in Europe.  They are just such compelling subjects.  It's the architecture-lover in me coming through, I assume.  I do love architecture, that's for sure.

So on one of my visits to sunny Glasgow last year (ok, it's not usually too sunny there, but it sounded good), I made sure to visit Glasgow Cathedral, which is quite fantastic.  Incidentally, it also goes by the name St. Mungo's Cathedral - a name that I love - which always makes me think of a Harry Potter book. I think there was something by that name in one of those books, wasn't there?

The exterior is also pretty sweet, being a big cathedral and looking all cathedral-like, but when I was there I found a bunch of scaffolding around the outside, which is another way of saying that I didn't shoot the exterior.  I guess it needed a good cleaning, or something.  It is several hundred years old.

There also happens to be a local beer there in Glasgow called St. Mungo's and I must say it is rather delicious.  I'm not sure if the church endorsed it, but it's pretty heavenly!

The facade of Bayeux Cathedral

I just love all the cathedrals in Europe!

I really do.  They all are so beautiful, and since they are usually hundreds of years old, I just find they possess a lot of character.  Plus there is so much attention to detail and just pure awesomeness about them.  You just don't find very many like this in the US.  It's just not our thing, I guess.

When I was in France last summer, the first town that we stopped in was Bayeux, which is in Normandy and put us nearby the beaches that were used in World War II.  It's a great little town and I really enjoyed wandering the streets there.  Then again, I enjoy wandering the streets just about anywhere, actually, so that's not exactly breaking news.  LOL

Whenever I am headed to a new town in Europe, I always look it up beforehand and find what look to be great photo spots for me to target.  I also Google the churches in whichever town I am headed to, since they tend to be huge, beautiful historic things and I just love to shoot them. It also seems the towns are usually built around at least one of these beauties, do they are often nearby and easy to reach.

This one sits sort of at the top of a small hill and is impossible to miss, with those huge spires jutting into the sky.  I got there one evening during blue hour (which is kind of obvious, I guess) and thank goodness for my wide angle lens!  I was all the way back against a wall of another building when I took this shot.  But that's why I love my wide angle lens...it gets so much in the shot!