Urban Gothic

Back to Brussels today, and this image of the Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula.

It’s rare, but sometimes when I’m taking an image I will think of a potential title to use for the shot. St. Michael was playing on my mind, as we share a name (I too am a Saint…ahem), but when reading about the cathedral I was more inclined to use the fact St. Michael was a archangel and St. Gudula was a martyr. Thus ‘The archangel and the martyr’ was a title that sprang to mind.

Then I processed the shot. A little sharpening and contrast boosting, and then I opened it up in Perfect Effects and went straight for the Urban Sickness filter. I liked it, and so the title of ‘Urban Gothic’ quickly screamed out at me.

I did pass this Cathedral on the Saturday but didn’t take any images due to the number of people sat on the steps outside, and the bright blue sky that was behind it. I was much luckier on the Sunday with great cloud cover, and surprisingly few people in the way. In the end I opted for this angled version rather than a straight on from the front however, so it turns out the people didn’t really matter anyway.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 14mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s