Christ Church Cathedral – The Catherine Window
The Catherine Window was the first I photographed on Wednesday. Sadly this could not be captured appropriately in a single image as it was in part obscured by a sanctuary lamp hanging from the ceiling.
Designed by William Morris and executed by Edward Burne-Jones in 1878, it is also referred to as the Liddell Window, this features a central light of St. Catherine that was modelled upon the then dean’s daughter Edith Liddell (sister to Alice, the inspiration for Charles Dodgson’s work Alice in Wonderland). St. Catherine is flanked on either side by angels: to the left representing Victory and to the right representing Sorrow.
I photographed separately each of the main lights as well as the three tracery lights that feature angels playing musical instruments.
All three of the tracery lights were heavily covered in cobwebs which added significant additional editing time.
For each of the three images below, 28 images were shot at 400mm using the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens, at an aperture of f/8.0 and exposure times ranging from 1/500 s to 1.0 s.I will tackle the more demanding main lights in a few days!