London, England – St. Paul’s Cathedral – HDR

London - St Pauls HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

Here is an HDR from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England.   I was eager to visit St. Paul’s due to its beautiful architecture.   I had also wanted to go inside to take an HDR of the interior…but didn’t have time.   This shot was taken across the street  and showcases the amazing dome of the church.   This evening I took a long walk.  I started at St. Paul’s, then walked over the Millineum Bridge, walked riverside to the Tower Bridge, then to the Tower of London!   Whew!  Took me about 2 1/2 hours (of course I was taking pics along the way).   I always enjoy seeing the sights via walking…not only good excercise, but you get a feel for the surroundings and it makes it a little more memorable.  

Here is some info on St. Paul’s from the web…A Cathedral dedicated to St. Paul has stood on this site since 604 AD, and throughout the Cathedral has remained a busy, working church where millions come to reflect and find peace.   St Paul’s is not only an iconic part of the London skyline but also a symbol of the hope, resilience and strength of the city and nation it serves.  The current Cathedral – the fourth to occupy this site – was desinged by the court architect Sir Christopher Wren and was built between 1675 and 1720 after its predecessor was destroyed in the Great Fire of London. Its architectural and artistic importance reflect the determination of the five monarchs who oversaw its building that London’s leading church should be as beautiful and imposing as their private palaces

I set up this shot with my ususal 5 exposure using a tripod and cable release.  I had to wait often as double decker busses kept driving by!   After I post processed in Photomatix, I thought a little filter from Color Efex Pro 3.0 would give the picture a little feeling.  It gave it a nice tone and added a little flair to the sky.   Hope you enjoy!  Cheers!