Of course I’m a hypocrite. Given the choice between more money and food for the general population of the time when this cathedral was built, and the very existence of said cathedral in my own time, ready for me to take pictures, I am pretty sure I’d have a hard time choosing the right thing 🙂
This was the my first time in Brixen / Bressanone. I’m 53. I may visit the town once more in my life, but I’m not sure. It’s not because I didn’t like what I saw (much to the contrary!), it’s because the world is too big and too beautiful.
The cloister is full of beautiful imagery. Stories over stories. I’ve taken a few pictures, and the framing was more determined by my compositional style than by anything content-related. It’s sad in a way: I most likely won’t ever see more of those stories than I do now, when I look at my images. It’s also true that I did not concentrate on seeing while I was there. I concentrated on framing.
But then: I’ve been in places where I didn’t take images, places where I did concentrate on seeing, and now all is lost, all is gone from my memory. These images at least will remain.
Here we are, that was the reason why we went there: the cloister.
I present you two versions of the same image, one developed with DxO Optics Pro, the other one with Lightroom. I think what DxO did all by itself looks better than what I did in Lightroom, therefore the DxO version became Image of the Day.
I had the idea to invoke DxO, because due to the extreme contrast and how I had to pull up the shadows, noise began to creep in. DxO is my panacea for everything noise-related 😉
And this is already Brixen’s cathedral. It originates from the 10th century, was rebuilt in the 13th and again completely converted to Baroque style in a few years around 1750. The latter fact alone makes clear how rich this city must have been at that time.
We’ll see more of the cathedral in the next posts.
When we arrived at the church, it was actually closed. By chance a nun cleaning in the interior saw us, opened the door, invited us in, gave us lots of background information and finally showed us the baptistery, a room normally closed even at opening times. That’s where I made this image. It’s not only a lucky one, it’s also one I’m proud of 🙂