Sharing moments in time…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wish

I hate to climb on the church related responses to this challenge but we recently had the opportunity to do some photography in and around St. Giles cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland.  It was a rainy couple of days so I was able to get some external and internal shots of this beautiful church which dates back to the 1100’s and was rebuilt in the late 1300s after a fire destroyed much of the original structure.  I am not normally drawn to take lots of photos of cathedrals but I found this one to be very photogenic and we also used it as a refuge to stay out of the downpour.

Rainy Conversation


I took this first photo not long after we arrived in Edinburgh.  There were actually quite a few people on the rainy streets but this long exposure “ghosted” most of them out of the picture.  Even though the photo was taken over a period of about 50 seconds, the two ladies in the foreground kept chatting for the entire time so they were captured along with the cathedral.  I liked the context they added so I didn’t reshoot the picture or try to remove them in processing……

Almost 1000 years of wishes

The next photo is of one of the main chambers of the church.  The lighting was low but dramatic and yielded just enough color to make the stone building seem warm on this stormy day.  Any time I am in a historic place of worship such as this one, I cannot help but to try and imagine the different ways the people lived during the lifetime of the building and how their hopes and dreams differed over time while at the same time remaining fairly constant in theme.

14 responses

  1. This is a beautiful cathedral, as is the whole city. Beautiful shots.

    March 10, 2017 at 11:31 am

    • Thanks AnnChristine! It is indeed a great city with a beautiful and historic old cathedral!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

  2. Steve Deutsch

    beautiful photo of the church interior. >

    March 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm

  3. Lovely photos, and an interesting interpretation of the theme.

    March 11, 2017 at 12:28 am

    • Thanks Margaret – I appreciate your interest and your comments!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:28 pm

  4. Pingback: Wish: Digital Photo | What's (in) the picture?

  5. Great shots. Yes the people add to the photo.

    March 11, 2017 at 3:16 am

    • Thanks Ian – I was glad that they stayed in the frame 🙂

      March 14, 2017 at 6:29 pm

  6. I love the second picture more, with its ambience and arches. Like you say, such places make me time travel and wonder who must have walked those halls generations before us…
    Enjoyed your post.

    March 13, 2017 at 6:39 am

    • Thank you Madam! It was great to spend some quality time inside.

      March 14, 2017 at 6:31 pm

  7. so nice to see your photos as I saw Edinburgh and St. Giles for the first time last summer and recognized the cathedral immediately. If you would like to see my post it’s here

    March 14, 2017 at 11:58 am

    • Maria, I enjoyed your post – thanks for the link!

      March 14, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      • This man has fascinated me for a long time. Very few know about him here in Denmark. It’s like when somebody has immigrated then they are forgotten

        March 15, 2017 at 11:19 am

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