Photographer's Note

About the photo:

The results I got don't match the expectations I had when I photographed these old blocks that keep a strong medieval atmosphere. I was aware that the unavoidable high contrast would ruin most of the photos of the narrow streets with dark shadows, not to mention the awkward perspectives produced by the wide angles needed if I wanted something more than just details. The use of exposure bracketing and shooting groups of photos aiming at making some stitchings later also proved worthless. However, to my unskilled eyes, the light was good to architecture photos during the time I was near the cathedral - the clouds lowered the contrast, but not too much, and it was bright enough to use f.8-11 at 1/100. There wasn't many people either, so it looked like I had nearly perfect conditions to get good shots, some of them for making panoramas.

It wasn't one of my best days, I wasn't able to profit being alone without anybody rushing me to move along or just looking bored. I guess that a tripod would have been useful, but as far as I remember, I was too lazy to carry it. There are two annoying things that I notice in the shots I do in occasions when I think about panoramas and make be angry with myself: one is that I disregard getting shots that are worth by themselves, i.e., they don't need to be stitched to render a worthy photo; another one is that most of my sets of shots prove incomplete to make good panoramas - in the case of this cathedral, the best panorama technic wise misses the upper part of the arcade above the door.

This is a single shot. I would like that the shadows weren't so dark and the perspective was more straight, but this is the best I could do.

About the cathedral:

It started being built in the 2nd half of the 12th century, in Romanesque style, but many parts of it are Gothic, like this faade. It was consecrated only in 1331. You can find more details in the Spanish Wikipedia.

On the place of the actual cathedral stood sucessively a Roman temple dedicated to the cult of the Emperor (the temple of Augustus, the first Roman emperor), a Visigothic cathedral and a mosque.

The area was the Forum of the of Tarraco, the first major Roman city in Iberia and I guess also the most important during all the Roman rule of Iberia. It was founded in the 3rd century BC near an existing and already important Iberian settlement, and it was the capital of the first and largest of the 3 Roman provinces of Iberia, first known as Hispania Citerior and then Hispania Tarraconensis.

Other posts of the cathedral in TE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Location of the POV (latitude, longitude): 41.1185,1.25753. View in Live Search

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Additional Photos by Jose Pires (stego) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
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