Uploaded: December 14, 2015 | Entered: December 14, 2015 06:07:21


The Gothic cathedral was designed to drive the eye toward the heavens. Nowhere (OK, maybe Amiens) is this more apparent than the Kolner Dom. It took literally centuries to be completed, and it is remarkable that it was spared in WWII -- the Dom sits proudly and unmissable by the Hohenzollern Bridge. But the structure, while damaged, remained sound, and it is still there for us to enjoy — tall and proud. Its twin spires and the crowns of the three kings (who are said to be in the gold reliquary) are the symbols of its city, Cologne, Germany.

Exif: F Number: 5, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 1/30 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 2000, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 24.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark III


JO ANN CLEVELAND December 14, 2015

Wow Mary! What a beautiful presentation and I especially loved your comments about it Mary...definitely a fave for me girl!

John Connolly December 14, 2015

Thanks for the history behind this shot Mary! What a spectacular building! #11412137

Mary L. Olson level-deluxe December 14, 2015

Jo Ann and John, thanks. I am a cathedral nut. To me, these great churches are the aspirations of the people of the time, translated into glass and stone. (Not all those aspirations were heavenly -- a lot of power plays and "my cathedral is better than yours" going on. PS if you want to see the cathedrals at their best, go in winter. Not as crowded and the low light of the Northern European winter is so gorgeous. #11412144

Amalia Sylvia Arriaga Salinas level-classic December 14, 2015

Fantastic perspective and clarity Mary!,
Amalia #11412182

Mary L. Olson level-deluxe December 14, 2015

Thanks, Amalia! #11412195

frank w. degenhardt December 14, 2015

This is beyond belief and can understand why it took so long to complete when you look at all the amazing and beautiful details. And it does what they wanted, it takes our eyes up to a heavenly look. The colors are stunning to. What a beauty. Loved the story behind it to. #11412225

Mary L. Olson level-deluxe December 14, 2015

Frank, thanks so much. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. #11412243

Debbie Bray December 15, 2015

Yes, I have to agree, the Dom Cathedral is such a beauty, Mary, we didn't get to go inside, but the size of it is just mind blowing! Gorgeous colours and so glad you had such a wide angle lens to capture this! #11412270

Mary L. Olson level-deluxe December 15, 2015

Thanks, Debbie. Sorry you didn't get a chance to go in. Some of the choir windows were covered in plastic, so views toward the altar/choir were not so photogenic. I used my 24-105 walk around lens at 24 and tilted up. #11412383

Guy D. Biechele level-classic December 15, 2015

Stunning! Great POV and comp, Mary. #11412456

Melinda F. Schneider level-classic December 15, 2015

Wow! It makes the spirit soar... #11412607

Mary L. Olson level-deluxe December 15, 2015

Thanks, Guy and Melinda. #11412636

Emile Abbott level-deluxe December 16, 2015

Great sense of depth, Outstanding Mary #11412801

Deborah C. Lewinson level-addict December 20, 2015

Wow, Mary! Totally awesome! Outstanding capture and perspective! Luv it! #11414010

Emile Abbott level-deluxe December 28, 2015

Nice perspective and POV. #11417511

Evy Johansen level-classic December 28, 2015

Beautiful capture, Mary!! #11417634

Guy D. Biechele level-classic December 29, 2015

Stunning capture and presentation, Mary!! #11417836

Mary L. Olson level-deluxe December 29, 2015

Thanks, all!!! Taken on a recent visit. #11417839

Leslie McLain level-deluxe December 31, 2015

Beautiful capture and perspective, Mary. #11418460

Patrick Rouzes January 05, 2016

Exceptional clarity, shapes, lighting, perspective, symmetry & remarkable architecture captured here, Mary. Thanks for the history too! I feel we will see this again! #11419379

frank w. degenhardt January 29, 2016

Amazing work. Congratulations on this being a Staff Favorite. #11428174

Emile Abbott level-deluxe January 30, 2016

Great composition and congratulations Mary on wonderful finalist. #11428521

Guy D. Biechele level-classic January 30, 2016

Not surprised to see this beauty here! Congrats, Mary. #11428560

frank w. degenhardt January 30, 2016

Spectacular in its beauty. Congratulations on the Finalist. #11428750

Ellen Hodges January 31, 2016

Huge congrats and very best luck on your wonderful finalists, Mary!! #11429096

Patrick Rouzes January 31, 2016

Congrats on this well-deserved finalist, Mary. #11429133

Tammy M. Anderson level-deluxe January 31, 2016

Congrats on a beautiful Finalist, Mary. #11429356

Mary L. Olson level-deluxe January 31, 2016

Thanks, all. I would have loved to shoot from the front of the altar, but there was plastic over a significant number of the choir windows. Not pretty. But probably necessary. These old structures need a lot of maintenance! #11429359

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