The interior of the Milan Duomo was a shock for me (to say the least). It was the first Gothic church I’ve ever visited, and while I wasn’t sure what to expect, the dark, slightly spooky cavernous interior sure wasn’t it. Despite the size of the cathedral, it’s interior is surprisingly small, so we didn’t spend too much time here. The bright spots here are the stained glass windows- be sure to wander behind the altar!
All the old churches round where I live are this style – if not quite so grand. They can be difficult to photograph because of the dynamic range between the windows and the dark places. This place looks great for photography. I often go for detail, where the play of light can be quite interesting.
I’ve seen some hdrs of church interiors and taken a few myself, but most simply won’t allow tripods. These days, I probably wouldn’t go for a handheld wide shot in a dark interior- this was taken many years ago. Black and white seems to salvage it somewhat.
I’m always careful to think about exposure problems and often ignore the ‘scene’ and concentrate on parts which have manageable light. Also, I’ve found overcast days by far the best – unless effects of coloured light from stained glass windows are the planned subject.
I’ve never tried planning visiting cathedrals during overcast days – usually reserved for shopping! Shall bear that in mind 🙂
Much the best when stained glass windows themselves are your aim.
If the desire of the architects was to make the congregants tremble in awe and fear of God’s power, the effect was achieved.
Hm. Is that the Gothic tenet? Must admit I’m don’t have much background in the gothic movement..