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Another angle of the Manila Cathedral

Sometimes when we look back on our school days, there are things that we wish that we could have done better or at least paid more attention to.  For me, that’s my history class.  Well, good thing about history is that it doesn’t change (unless further discoveries will be made), so it’s still not too late to learn more about it.

I like what they said from the manilacathedral.org :

The story of the Manila Cathedral is not only a story of the Church, it is also a story of Intramuros, a story of Manila, a story of the Philippines. Manila Cathedral is a time narrative; it is about ruins and ravages, rising and restorations. As its pineapple finials powerfully symbolize, Manila Cathedral represents life cycle; its rich history is a reference to trails and timelines that call for a dynamic continuance.

But, perhaps, the present reconstructed, and now again renovated, Manila Cathedral will not fully capture the former splendor of the old one. Perhaps, only the memories of the past can evoke bittersweet remembrance of its olden magnificence.

Yet, true to tradition, the Manila Cathedral has sprung back from the scratch, as always, and evolved far enough to reign in its rightful place in the history of the Church and of Manila, as a shining beacon and preserver of the faith in the heart of the Walled City—the homepage and centerfold of the Philippine history.

How I took it:

Gears: Canon 7D + Sigma 10-20

Settings: f9.0 | 3 bracketed shots

Post processing:

  • Stacked and aligned with Photoshop CS4 and saved as 32 tiff file
  • Tone mapped in Photomatix
  • Back to Photoshop; adjusted contrast and sharpness
  • Added textures and some digital blending

Thanks for visiting!

/Mike

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