Balance of Light



Barcelona’s Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a remarkable building. Construction began in 1882. Anticipated completion is still decades away. Spain’s Antoni Gaudi, the architect who took over the project a year after its start, worked over 40 years until his death in 1926.

The detail in the temple is stunning. Every tiny element of the cathedral carried a tangible purpose in Gaudi’s mind. As a photographer, what was most notable to me was the extraordinary balance of light. In a typical cathedral, the atmosphere is dark with localized illumination from stained glass.

La Sagrada Familia is different. Across the entire amphitheater of the church, the light is perfectly balanced. In this image, the light reflects from the brilliant stained glass onto bright white ceiling designed to capture the colored rays and reflect them back. Meanwhile, white light from clear glass windows above cascade brightness down to the floor.

Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikkor 20-24 DX
ISO: 800
Shutter: 1/50
Aperture: f 3.5



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