Greeting the light

One of the things I love most about photography

Is trying to capture the light.

Facade_Snapseed

It’s much easier to do

When you visit a magnificent cathedral

Like Notre Dame in Paris.

Interior_rays

You don’t have to be religious

To have your breath taken away by the interior

And the simple yet beautiful ceiling.

Ceiling copy

I love the way the stained glass windows

Create rainbows of light on an old wall in the cathedral.

Light-rainbow_ND copy

The play of shadow makes the sculptures

Look like real people.

Window

Back outside again, I’m surprised by a shadow

Of what appears to be an alien.

I have to look twice to see

That it’s the shadow of an eagle!

Roof shadows

For more light-filled shots, please visit: Our World.

95 responses

  1. Stunning!

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 14:36

  2. Don

    Magnificent images. I can certainly see what you mean when you speak of capturing the light.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 14:41

  3. I love the old Gothic cathedrals and have visited Notre Dame as well as some beautiful cathedrals in England. Along with Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral comes to mind.

    Your mention of the play of light and dark reminds me of Monet’s experimenting with outdoor light at different times of the day. Remember “The Haystacks”?

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 15:10

  4. Mac

    wow…and you did a great job catching it…

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 15:21

  5. Beautiful pictures, looks like God is watching us through light.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 15:28

  6. Claudia

    and you capture light so well. better than most! beautiful.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 15:30

  7. Amazing photos. What a beautiful place.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 15:50

  8. Magnificent captures!

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 16:09

  9. Fantastic capture of light and such a grand building and design.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 16:13

  10. wow, wonderful images! I love the shadows and the sun rays from the Church windows, your images are breathtaking!

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 16:31

  11. Beautiful buildings.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 16:34

  12. Ron

    “One of the things I love most about photography

    Is trying to capture the light.”

    I agree, Fiona! And capturing the light in photographs can be very challenging. These photographs are STUNNING! OMG…they’re magnificent! I love them all, but the first two took my breath away.

    You are such a inspiration to me, my friend. And thank you!
    X

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 16:35

    • Awww – thank you so much for your lovely comments and support!

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      Like

      April 27, 2015 at 18:02

  13. WOW! I think it’s pretty difficult to capture light and your shots are gorgeous.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 16:57

  14. Such beautiful photos! I love the light you captured. Amazing to see.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 17:02

  15. Pingback: Greeting the light | My BlogThe Philosopher's blog.

  16. Well my dear you did one amazing job of capturing light and a magnificent cathedral. I too enjoy those grand buildings but it was fun to see photos that weren’t done for the architecture but for the light.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 17:19

  17. Kaya

    The light is heavenly beautiful! Breathtaking photos of a splendid cathedral!!!

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 17:23

  18. several of these shots are purely awe-some. 🙂

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 17:43

  19. Love the intricate detail, the use of black & white for the outside of the church really makes it such an engaging image.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 18:33

  20. so beautiful – the light, the shots, your words 🙂

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 18:47

  21. Beautiful captures of light, Fi. So well done, esp. love the halo of light around the cathedral- I can hear the heavenly hosts singing! 😉

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 18:54

  22. Beautiful! I don’t know how you managed the shots without any tourists though… 😉

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 19:59

    • So true! I had to take the shots at high angles to make sure I didn’t get any tourists…

      Lady Fi wrote: > >

      Like

      April 28, 2015 at 05:45

  23. A place of majesty and light beautifully captured Fiona!

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 20:38

  24. Oh yes, it’s so true, Fiona. Capturing the light is one of the most exiting things in photography. You have done that so well in this series. Gorgeous photos. Greetings, Joke

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 21:01

  25. Colleen@ LOOSELEAFNOTES

    You just made me a FAN of these FANTASTIC shots! They expand me.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 21:24

  26. Oh my goodness, how I loved this post. Your photos are incredible and they also bring back wonderful memories of our visit to Paris last summer. Notre Dame was an absolute highlight for all of us. Thank you very, very much for sharing them.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 21:33

  27. Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos!

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 21:53

  28. Spectacular photos with such a weight to them – the weight of ages and admiration.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 22:25

  29. Great captures of the light – and I really like the shadow of the eagle.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 22:26

  30. Such beautiful captures! It’s a celebration of light as it play with the shade… 🙂

    Love your blog. 🙂

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 22:42

  31. Awesome captures of the lighting.. It is a beautiful cathedral.. Lovely post, enjoy your new week!

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 22:57

  32. Your photos make me want to go back to Paris and revisit the Notre Dame Cathedral. You captured the light and the place beautifully.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 23:03

  33. These are amazing photos! This light … absolutely magical!

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 23:06

  34. You have definitely captured some very beautiful light, and this cathedral is gorgeous.

    Like

    April 27, 2015 at 23:45

  35. I absolutely adore the way you photographed and explored the light. It reminds me of how much fun I’ve had traveling with a camera. Inspiring, indeed!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 00:04

  36. Magnificent shots of the light and architecture and I love the shadows on the last shot.

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 00:17

  37. Fine Notre Dame your photos! I love the light and color, pure delicacy!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 00:34

  38. so beautiful!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 00:35

  39. Så otroligt vackert….
    Jag älskar att gå in i kyrkor. Att få titta på allt det vackra och hitta en inre ro.
    En dag skulle jag också vilja uppleva Notre Dame. TAck för dina fina bilder

    http://tillklippt.blogspot.se/

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 01:05

  40. So beautiful! My little 110 instamatic camera 40 years ago didn’t capture it like this, that’s for sure!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 03:04

  41. Al

    You have captured the light perfectly in these! And I love those clouds in your previous post.

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 03:16

  42. THANK you for capturing such holy light
    each image is a delight to see
    breathtaking at time
    magical other times

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 03:48

  43. Simply beyond beaUtiful and beyond words …. Thank you for this.

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 03:50

  44. magnificent cathedral. love the light rays

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 03:57

  45. Wonderful shots!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 04:22

  46. Nobody captures the light like you do.

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 04:34

  47. Such exquisite photos, LadyFi! You must really know your camera well to get such wonderful clear shots inside this cathedral, and to capture the light so well. Just beautiful!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 04:52

  48. Very fine images! You have depicted so well the shades of light through the cathedral!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 06:11

  49. Beautiful article. I love it. http://www.bellofpeace.org

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 07:11

  50. Glorious!!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 07:17

  51. I think I understand what you mean about capturing light in photography. Each light bathes the scene with special glow in your photos.

    Yoko

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 07:36

  52. Amazing set of pictures. I am in awe of the send one!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 07:54

  53. I love the way you have not only chased the light but captured it… I can chase, but no way in a 100 years of visiting Notre Dame would I ever capture it as perfectly as you. You have a real talent. Thank goodness you share… to light up our worlds!
    Wren x

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 09:12

  54. Your photos are gorgeous !

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 09:21

  55. You capture the light always so brilliantly. I love those stained glass windows and the ceilings of the cathedrals. Have a glorious week!
    Wil, ABCW

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 10:23

  56. Lovely captures!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 10:32

  57. your words makes me wonder….why not link up with NF Catching Light?? You find it at:
    http://nfverk.blogspot.se/

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 11:24

  58. Fantastic images! You’ve captured the light so well. x

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 12:15

  59. the light falling inside makes it look so heavenly 🙂

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 12:48

  60. Fantastic!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 13:06

  61. How did you manage to get Notre Dame without the hordes of people? Stunning..

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 13:06

  62. Beautiful architecture.

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 13:57

  63. I wish it really would have been an alien! Grand photos.

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 15:14

  64. How I miss Paris!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 16:13

  65. daryledelstein

    color me extremely envious .. it is difficult to capture light .. magical light … but you have certainly done so perfectly

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 16:27

  66. I love the second picture! Magical!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 17:08

  67. Stunning structure, your photographs are an awesome series.

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 17:24

  68. Stunning shots!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 17:39

  69. Love the shadows!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 19:08

  70. I love the photos taken inside, capturing the beautiful stain windows and light.
    Carla

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 20:37

  71. Joy

    So awesome man made creation!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 21:20

  72. Su

    Fantastic shots of fantastic architecture! You were in the right place at the right time. LG Su

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 21:26

  73. Truly magnificent shots … such beautiful stained glass windows!

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 21:46

  74. These are but few of the magnificent angles of the church. Your captures are truly awesome.

    Like

    April 28, 2015 at 22:00

  75. Oh My Goodness—I’d LOVE LOVE LOVE to see that beautiful cathedral. You captured some fantastic photos….

    Hugs,
    Betsy

    Like

    April 29, 2015 at 03:35

  76. Amazing shots!

    Like

    April 29, 2015 at 06:26

  77. Really beautiful!

    Like

    April 29, 2015 at 06:52

  78. Phenomenal…fantastic, inspiring, beautiful….incredible!!

    Like

    April 29, 2015 at 12:35

  79. You captured very beautiful light, and this cathedral is gorgeous, stunning series. Well done.

    Like

    April 29, 2015 at 14:53

  80. Absolutely brilliant composition! Splendid light and shadows… can’t go with only one as favorite.

    Like

    April 29, 2015 at 17:27

  81. It looks so divine 🙂 Light is available everywhere but it takes special talent to capture them so beautifully 🙂

    Like

    April 29, 2015 at 18:57

  82. Ela

    What a gorgeous place to visit !!
    Wonderful pictures !! Greetings !

    Like

    April 29, 2015 at 20:53

  83. Amazing shots. Light does indeed make all the difference in a photo. I’ve not been to Notre Dame, but your pics bring it to life.

    Like

    April 29, 2015 at 23:15

  84. miss-red-fox

    Perfect photographs, especially the first and the second! I also like Notre Dame in Paris, although it’s been so long since I visited the last time… But I like to go to the Dom – the cathedral in Cologne, which is also very impressive.

    Like

    April 29, 2015 at 23:23

  85. gillinthestudio

    Fabulous images of Notre Dame, you have used the light so beautifully!

    Like

    April 30, 2015 at 02:11

  86. Wow!!! This post has so many fabulous images. I particularly like the fourth photo.

    Like

    April 30, 2015 at 03:39

  87. Great shots – these buildings really are a delight to be in.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    Like

    April 30, 2015 at 12:27

  88. Pat

    What a fantastic series

    Like

    April 30, 2015 at 21:44

  89. You opened my eyes to the light with these photos, Lady Fi. Thanks.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder
    Take 25 to Hollister

    Like

    May 1, 2015 at 01:49

  90. What beautiful photos of this magnificent structure. Not too long ago I was reading about the cathedrals in Paris…their history, etc. How nice to see your captures 🙂

    Like

    May 1, 2015 at 12:03

  91. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers

    I’m fascinated by the light too. You have captured it beautifully in this series.

    Like

    May 3, 2015 at 12:17

  92. Great light and shade shots. I e seen Notre Dame but never actually went inside. Now I must go back.

    Like

    May 3, 2015 at 15:22

  93. nocolebolo


    Thanks a lot for those photos. Now, I can remember when I was there, through your eyes.

    hugs

    · LMA · & · CR ·

    Like

    May 3, 2015 at 18:00

Many thanks for your comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s