Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Central Lutheran Church

I had a little free time to explore this Church the other day here in Minneapolis. Its rare indeed that a photographer is greeted with open arms as he barges into a church with a tripod. Not only was I welcomed, but I was given a pretty detailed description of this incredible sanctuary and its history. Below is a little bit of info from their website.

Central’s neo-gothic sanctuary is the focal point of its facilities. Completed in 1928, the sanctuary is a combination of English and French gothic designs, laid out in the shape of a cross. Its inspiring worship space has a seating capacity of 2500. The altar is solid Colfax sandstone; the pulpit and lectern are oak, carved with scriptural symbols. A wedding chapel and baptismal chapel are located on either side of the main chancel. The soaring interior, rising to more than 65 feet, is enhanced with large stained glass windows of a patterned design similar to those of Westminster Abbey. Each of the smaller main floor windows represents a country in which the Reformation was prominent, beginning with Germany at the front right. The exterior of the building is constructed of Indiana limestone, surmounted by a slender spire of copper and crowned with a brass cross. The education wing was added to the original structure in 1952, the parish house in 1957, the South Commons in 1980 and the bell tower in 2006.

1 comment:

Hans Mast said...

I came to your site from your comment on Stuck in Customs asking a question about a pic. For that, you're going to need to tell me how many pictures you stitched (or whether it was a fisheye), what you shot it at (aperture/ISO/shutter speed), how many frames of bracketing at what +/- stops, what settings in Photomatix, and what post-processing in Photoshop (etc) you did?

Pretty please with a cherry on top?

Extraordinary picture! Way to go!

I've done Trey's tutorial and have been working with HDR for some time, but I can never quite encapsulate that magic exhibited by you and Trey. I learn by imitating and watching how others work, but Trey is usually too busy to answer my questions, but I'm hoping you're not too busy to give me a quick rundown of how you took that shot.

FYI, my photographer brother says this is the best of my HDR efforts so far, which isn't saying much.