Uploaded: May 08, 2012


Another of the wonderfully expressive 'portrait heads' adorning the badly-damaged grand pinnacle of the cathedral's south portal.
Carved some 50 years ago, the limestone has developed a fantastic weathered texture.

Exif: F Number: 5.6, Exposure Bias Value: -0.33, ExposureTime: 1/320 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 200, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 12.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 7D


Joy Rector May 08, 2012

wow, love the detail in this shot #1461619

Nikki McDonald level-classic May 08, 2012

So very much character in these faces - I cannot believe the work and genius that went into these. Too bad they are in a spot where few can ever enjoy them - and lucky for us that you are able to bring them to us. #10128845

Marcie A. Fowler May 08, 2012

Love the detail you captured here Chris. #10129175

Carol L. Fowler May 08, 2012

Wow- wonderful find! At first I thought the expression was photoshopped! #10130208

Chris Budny level-deluxe May 09, 2012

Thanks so much folks!
Nikki; they are very high up, alas. But visible with binoculars or a zoom lens. (There are plenty more carved details, even higher than these---I'm always amazed by that; how highly-designed and carved every inch of the building is, including 300' up in the air at the utmost top.)
Carol; it is indeed carved! The cathedral has a wealth of amazing, hand-carved figurative art. Essentially, the entire building is hand-carved! #10130441

To discuss, first log in or sign up (buttons are at top center of page).

Get Constructive Critiques

Sign up for an interactive online photography course to get critiques on your photos.


Did You Know?

BetterPhoto Websites: If you see an orange website link directly under the photographer's name, it's totally okay. It's not spam. The reason: BetterPhoto is the one that offers these personal photography websites. We are supporting our clients with those links.

Unavailable EXIF: If there is no other information but 'Unavailable' in the EXIF (meaning no EXIF data exists with the photo), the 'Unavailable' blurb is not displayed. If there is any info, it shows. Many photos have the EXIF stripped out when people modify the image and resave it, before uploading.


The following truth is one of the core philosophies of BetterPhoto:

I hear, I forget.
I see, I remember.
I do, I understand.

You learn by doing. Take your Nature and Landscape Photography up to a new level of understanding in my new online class - on sale now.

BetterPhoto.com Editor's Pick

Copyright for this gallery photo belongs solely to Chris Budny.
Images may not be copied, downloaded, or used in any way without the expressed, written permission of the photographer.
Log in to follow or message this photographer or report this photo.