Tower Stairway, Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

By | 2013-11-06T02:09:19+00:00 November 5, 2013|Categories: Europe, Photo of the Day, Spain, Unesco World Heritage Sites|Tags: |4 Comments

tower stairway sagrada familia BarcelonaAntoní Gaudí, the architect of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral, called himself a geometrician. Perhaps he was selling himself a bit short by not saying he was a great artist who used geometry. But, when you go to the Sagrada Familia, you’re struck not only by the runaway whimsy of the place, but also by it’s basic framework of whirls based upon hyperbolic shapes everywhere you look. Also, while the outside of the place seems overly massive in spots, the inside is all light and air created by the ingenious structure which admits so much light.

I chose to process this in black and white to emphasize the structure more than the color, which is usually very subtle within the walls of the church anyway. I used Lightroom to warm up the color temp and increase the contrast slightly and darken the blacks before importing it into the NIK Silver Efex Pro software, where I simply chose their High Structure-High Contrast preset. This was the result. BTW, the camera was the Nikon D800E, ISO 1250, 24-70 f/2.8 lens set at 66mm, 1/250 second exposure at f/2.8. Hand held.

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  1. Marybeth November 6, 2013 at 7:37 am - Reply

    It’s truly unbelievable, no? I know you will but be sure to see his flat! We were told he was a bit dour but it’s difficult to imagine when you see the places he designed!

    • Tom Bartel November 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm - Reply

      Yes, it is unbelievable, especially to see how much it’s changed in the almost 40 years since we first saw it. The design of the new parts seems quite different from the original, yet somehow in the same spirit. It’s a fantastic work, in the real sense of that word.

  2. Janet Hogshead December 27, 2014 at 9:43 am - Reply

    How did I miss this post in November? It’s such a treat to the eyes, and expectations

    • Tom Bartel December 27, 2014 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      This was from November last year. And yeah, the Sagrada Familia is pretty nuts.

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