11-23-13 Lines and Texture – St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha

2013 11-21 Lines and Texture - St. Cecilia Cathedral by Watertown, South Dakota, photographer Scott Shephard

It’s no secret that I have a penchant for architectural details. On the morning I visited St. Cecelia Cathedral in Omaha, I was well aware of the fact that have hundreds of church exterior and interior photos. And so, even though I had my camera with me as I walked in and around this beautiful cathedral, I had decided that I wasn’t going to take any photographs.

I walked around the building three times, enjoying and appreciating all of the work and artistry that went in to constructing St. Cecelia. It was on the third go-around that I took my camera out and started to frame things that were especially compelling.

And so here’s a second photo from my visit to the cathedral. What struck me about this scene were both the geometry of the architecture and the random, dappled shadows cast by a nearby tree. For those interested in technical details, I used red filter in the black and white processing that turned a beautiful blue morning sky into a very dark presence in this photo. I didn’t want your eyes drawn to anything but the architecture.

Canon 5DIII 1/250s f/8.0 ISO100 73mm

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