Now that’s a Church!

Taking over five hundred years to build the Duomo in Milan (Milan Cathedral) is one of the most impressive buildings I’ve ever been in. If you’ve been on this site enough you’d get the sense that I love church interiors and I could have spent all day inside this place taking pictures of it. The great thing about it is that they actually allow it. As long as you pay the photography fee of five Euros they didn’t seem to mind all of my HDRing that at points took two or three minutes for each set of shots given how dark the interior was. Of course I didn’t try to take out my travel tripod but I did have the camera setup on a greenpod and also a GorillaPod but as long as I had my bracelet on showing I made my donation they weren’t opposed to me firing away.

Photo of the Day – Interior of Il Duomo – Milan, Italy

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The interior of the Milan Cathedral is expansive and their are fifty-two very large pillars (one for each week) supporting the massive ceiling above. Also notable in this picture is the red dot above the altar in the distance. This is the spot where (supposedly) one of the nails from Jesus crucifixion was placed when they were building it. Many Catholics make the pilgrimage to this church just to see this nail.

Chicago Skyline

Among the top in the world and one of the easiest to shoot because of the accessibility of a the lake front which juts out just south of the downtown area. This provides a nice viewing point for sunsets behind some of the world’s tallest buildings. Four of the seven tallest in America are in downtown Chicago (Three – Sears Tower, Trump Tower and the Aon Center) are in this picture. A little farther north – just out of the frame is the John Hancock Center.

Photo of the Day – The Skyline at Sunset

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Milan, Italy (Il Duomo)

I posted a picture I took at night of the Duomo a couple weeks back – this shot I took the following morning. The square was empty and I had the place to myself for what seemed like hours. It was quite a difference from the day before when the square had been packed with street vendors and other tourists. It really is a much different experience when you are able to walk around and view all the minute details without fear of bumping into someone else.

Photo of the Day – Statues of Il Duomo

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The Duomo has 135 spires and over 3200 statues similar to the ones seen in this image around the exterior. All are attached to the building by a chain (I imagine one fell at some point thus prompting the chains) and they represent varying images, people, events of the bible. Take a look at the detail in the each of the figures and imagine that there are thousands of those surrounding the church. I walked all around the church, slowly, taking them all in. Still later in the day on our walk back from breakfast I noticed things that I hadn’t seen before. It really is a tremendous sight.

It was an amazing experience and though I’m glad we only stayed one night in Milan that one night was well worth it.

Giving you what you don’t need

I saw something about this on the news the other day as well and thought it was a stupid idea but maybe others feel differently. Sometime this summer the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom will be released – it will effectively become the first phone and point-and-shoot camera in one. However, do we really need this is the question?

Samsung hit a home run with the ‘Note’ which I also thought was a dumb idea (how many people actually use their phone to create work presentations, take notes on conference calls, etc….) so maybe this will work as well but I for one am someone who has different gadgets for different reasons. Maybe I’m in the minority here but I’ll keep my iPhone and happily snap away without the zoom.

Photo of the Day – Stone Arch Bridge

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The stone arch bridge in Minneapolis, Minnesota was built in 1883 as a railroad bridge – today it is a pedestrian bridge – across the Mississippi River. I also believe it is the only stone bridge still in existence across the Mississippi River.