Belfast Cathedral, St. Anne’s in Donegall Street. The foundation stone was laid in 1899 although there was a church on the site prior to this. Over the years the cathedral has been extended and the stainless steel Spire of Hope (not visible in these images) was added in 2007.
Cathedrals, by their very nature, are impressive and St. Anne’s is well worth a visit if you find yourself in Belfast.
I have taken many photographs of the Cathedral over the years. It is directly opposite Writer’s Square and is easily photographed from there. Unfortunately the building fronts onto Donegall Street and it can be difficult sometimes to take a photograph without traffic intruding.
These photographs were taken with a full frame Canon with a 17-40 zoom lens. This allowed me to get close enough to the Cathedral to avoid the cars parked opposite being included in the image. Avoiding the moving traffic on Donegall Street was probably down to pure luck rather than any fleet of foot!
It doesn’t seem to matter what time I go to Downpatrick, the traffic is always blocked up and there always seem to be roadworks, it’s just be one of those places. Having said this if I’m anywhere nearby I make a point of visiting Down Cathedral and/or Saul Church. They are both very interesting buildings to photograph and easy to get to – once you get through the traffic that is.
Down Cathedral dates from 1124 and St. Patrick is believed to be buried in the grounds.
These photographs were taken with a Canon 5D Mark2.
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This one of those images that begs to be produced in black and white. It was processed using Adobe Lightroom and Topaz Black and White effects. Its not very apparent here because of the size but when viewed full size the church in the background can be seen to be out of focus while the cross is sharp giving depth to the image.
These images were taken on 4 April 2013. The flowers and coins have been left on 17 March, St Patrick’s Day.