Everyone living in Glasgow is familiar with the imposing structure of the Cathedral of Saint Mungo, the patron Saint of Glasgow. Most people simply call it Glasgow Cathedral. It is a very notable building – because of it’s age, because of it’s size and because of that astonishingly bright green roof, the copper having weathered so wonderfully over the centuries.
The Cathedral has been there a very long time – from the 12th Century, in fact. The first stone was dedicated by King David I in 1136 and the Cathedral was consecrated in 1197. It is the oldest building in Glasgow and still very much a ‘working’ Cathedral. The tomb of Saint Mungo is in the crypt beneath the Cathedral.
This particular shot of the Cathedral is the view seen from high up on the Necropolis, Glasgow’s ‘City of the Dead’, built upon the hill next to the Cathedral and opened in 1833. To reach the Necropolis from the Cathderal, you cross the ‘Bridge of Sighs’. The tombs of the Necropolis are stunning and the place is vast; the views across the city and beyond are really something and that alone makes it worth a visit. Beyond the Cathedral and to the right in the image, is the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, opened in 1794.
At the time I made this image, I was experimenting with ‘high dynamic range’ (or simply HDR) photography, which gives the final image the look you see here. To achieve this look, three separate images are made; one under-exposed, the second over-exposed, and the third correctly exposed. In post-processing, these images are then combined so that a far broader dynamic range is achieved in the final image. It looks like a dated technique now, and one that is not used anywhere near as much these days. But I was pleased with my image, regardless of that.