Visit to Wells Cathedral

On our holiday to Somerset in the summer we stayed  in Wookey Hole, which is only a couple of miles from the City of Wells. During one of the frequent wet days we paid a visit to Wells Cathedral.

Wells Cathedral
Wells Cathedral

Although I’m not particularly interested in religious buildings, I am always interested in a photographic subject so I set out with my Pentax K-5, a tamron 10 – 24mm super wide angle and a Sigma 18-125 HSM ‘walk-about’ zoom.

Entrance to the cathedral is free (although you are encouraged to make a voluntary contribution to the restoration fund) but in order to take photographs or the interior you should buy a Photography  permit which was £1.80. Interestingly as I walked round the cathedral I saw many people taking photographs, but I was the only person I saw with the permit.

Pillar in Wells Cathedral

In order to take hand held exposures, I had to have the ISO set quite high. It’s testament to the K-5 that these pictures are so low in noise; the iso on some of these pictures is set as high as 3200 but you have to really pixel-peep to see the noise, and for the images in this post, which are reduced in size, the noise is virtually impossible to see.

While we were walking around the Cathedral, the rain was pouring down outside, but after a few minutes there was a sudden break and the sun came out strongly. We walked out into the sunshine and I took a few pictures of the outside whilst the sun shone.

All in all it was an enjoyable morning taking photographs. The rest of the pictures, and larger versions of these images are in the Wells Cathedral set on my Flickr account.

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