Christchurch Cathedral – Dublin, Ireland

Christchurch Cathedral – HDR image with textures. ISO1250, 35mm (equivalent), f/11, 1/300 sec. Fujifilm X100S.

Christchurch Cathedral

Today is another day of playing with textures, HDR image created using Lightroom and Photomatix Pro. Then I added about 7 different layers of textures. The most dramatic change caused by the textures was to make the sky look much more interesting. In actuality the sky was merely overcast without any real defining features.

One of the things I like most about this image is the balance between the blues in the sky and the yellows in the bricks of Christchurt Cathedral, with just a hint of green at the bottom to ground things. I am finding that using textures really is a surprising task. I never know exactly what I am going to get when I add a texture. The color of the texture will affect different images in different ways. Its the same with the patterns that are contained in the texture. The textures used in this image are all part of Treys Texture package V2. Yet more inspiration from the page that keeps on giving over at Stuck in Customs.

The image was shot in November of 2014. I took a short hop over to Dublin for a few days while I was visiting in Germany. Along with Christchurch Cathedral I found Dublin to be a goldmine of great photo opportunities. If you do want to see the church consider visiting in the near future. While at this time the courts have stopped the church from doing any demolition the plan is to replace the building. The current building has been damaged several times by various earthquakes and parts of it have already collapsed or been demolished for public safety.

I am definitely looking forward to going back, only the next time I would like to add a bicycle trip to visit some of the countryside as well.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at