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emack
11-20-2003, 04:21 PM
I'm working on interior lighting techniques. I'd like to try modeling and lighting a small part of a nice cathedral or stone building. I've found photographs by Frederick Evans that I liked quite a bit, with sunlight coming in from the side and very dramatic compositions, but the book I found had only a few photographs and I would like more reference before starting out. Here's an example of the kind of scene I'm looking for:

http://www.andrewsmithgallery.com/exhibitions/frederickevans/fhe_1080.html

Are there any recommended architectural photography books that cover the great cathedrals or monastaries? There are dozens of books on Google, but it's hard to guess which ones have good photography from descriptions. I ordered 'Great Cathedrals' from Amazon, but the detail given to individual buildings is not extensive and the photographs are not nearly as powerful as Evans'. I'd prefer to have 1 building throughly covered.

I already ordered 'The Cathedral' DVD; the imagery looks beautiful but I'm aiming for a realistic recreation of a photogragh.

Thanks,

Eliot

EmreGoren
11-27-2003, 01:09 AM
Check this link..

http://hdri.cgtechniques.com/~sibenik2/original/index.php

here is the forum about this rendering challange...you can download the model and study lighting techniques..

http://www.cgtechniques.com/cgi-bin/YaBB.cgi?board=sibenik

Andrew W
11-27-2003, 08:48 AM
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/090696962X/qid%3D1060089129/sr%3D1-5/ref%3Dsr%5F1%5F2%5F5/026-0247971-0620437

should be a link (if Linux has cut 'n' pasted correctly) to a book by Edwin Snith, a wonderful photographer and painter. I don't own this book myself, but I have another by him which features some beautiful English Cathedrals. If you wanted something smaller (buildingwise), there's also a book of English Churches by Smith.

As far as I can remember Smith was a painter primarily, and indeed kept his darkroom arrangements very basic as if to prove that he took painting more seriously than photography! Nevertheless his work is truly beautiful, always dramatic, and stunningly photographed. I think he used a 10x8 plate camera so the prints should also have lots of lovely detail.

OK, I've waxed lyrical enough now.

Hope that helps.

Andrew

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