Go inside the church of Saint Peter (Sankt Petri kyrka) in Malmö, Sweden and it looks like this. We were allowed to photograph inside with tripod and all – a good sign. Besides the indoors I remember the tower that’s over 100 metres tall.
This year we were visiting a friend of mine in Latvia. In a little town of Cēsis. The main sight there was the castle, but the church by the central square of course interested a photographer. So we went inside. My friend asked the church lady there whether we can photograph. She said of course, and consider donating some money if you feel so. That’s what we did then :)
On a side note we had to wait for our food for very long time in a restaurant. About 45 minutes. We ate lunch in a eatery next to the central square. And it was a long wait. My friend told us in Baltic countries they sometimes make customers wait. Sounds rude to me. On the other hand, it might make the meal taste better ;)
I visited some European countries this year. One of them was France and the city of Nice. It’s a Mediterranean city in the southern France and probably most known for it’s very long sand beach. However, as a camera buddy I was interested not only in the major tourist attractions. But a beautiful and interesting places were they for tourists or not.
One of them was Notre-Dame de Nice, the largest church of Nice by the main street Avenue Jean-Médecin. The church was a good HDR photography candidate, especially inside. But in the evening there were beggars begging in front of the church. It was harsh to see poor people by a building that is supposed to help the homeless.
Who doesn’t like crypts? Crypts are always mysterious yet interesting but can sometimes be hard to spot. For example, the crypt beneath the Helsinki Cathedral isn’t very much advertised. However I had found out that there is a crypt and you can visit it freely. So one day I went there to shoot HDR photography. There was a café and an art exhibition of some sort. The sign by the door said that even though it’s a real crypt the dead hasn’t ever been buried there. I wonder if it can call itself a real crypt without the dead.
After you’ve entered the Cathedral of Helsinki the aisle leads you to the altar. There are two angels guarding the retable and a candle is lit on the table. The light from side windows gives the altar a nice bluish glow. The painting itself is called “Jeesuksen hautaaminen” (Burial of Jesus) and it’s made by Timeon Karl von Neff.
When I went to the cathedral I got positively surprised. Why? I asked for the opening hours and they answered the church is open till midnight. That’s pretty long for a church in Finland. I wouldn’t mind if they made other churches in Helsinki open until the evening at least. They make excellent scenes for HDR photography!