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Winchester Cathedral-next stop

Posted by
CElliottUK (Reading, United Kingdom) on 28 November 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture.

So, up another 50 steps or so to the Belfry above.
The bells are HUGE, as is the massive Oak Cage that they sit in.
It was therefore worrying when someone noticed a large amount of detritus on the outside of the bottom of the tower! What was causing the wall to crumble?.
What was happening was that the energy from the bells swinging was causing the oak cage, and all of it's bells to move and hit that wall! Remedial Ironwork was quickly put in place.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV F/2.8 ISO 800 16 mm

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Great angle!

28 Nov 2011 5:13am

myky from Ontario, Canada

The light was working very well for this image...
...and interesting info!

28 Nov 2011 5:32am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique compo et iamge quelles cloches superbe iamge très intéressante.

Bravo et belle journée

28 Nov 2011 6:39am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

OMG... this is an amazing capture of clarity and tones !

28 Nov 2011 7:02am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Nice composition. Like the palette of brown tones.

28 Nov 2011 7:06am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

What lovely light and colors. I like this serie !

28 Nov 2011 7:09am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

'F/2.8 ISO 800' . . now, that's a cool environment to be standing in watching out for rats !

28 Nov 2011 7:09am

@Ronnie 2¢: As I have mentioned on a previous shot, and you will see again in a couple of days time, there were lots of flies. Now the flies have to feed on something, but I didn't see any bats(and their droppings), so maybe there are rats up there

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

Very cool! Nice job capturing these huge subjects!

28 Nov 2011 7:12am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

fantastic shot

28 Nov 2011 7:31am

mayoline from Enkhuizen, Netherlands

I hope that the bells do not rang when you took your very nice photo. ;-)

28 Nov 2011 7:54am

STEED from D, France

Love the Light here and the mood around the Giant Bells..........A great picture,Chris...

28 Nov 2011 8:05am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Looks like a tight space to operate in, but an exceptional picture nonetheless.

28 Nov 2011 8:32am

@Curly: The picture is misleading. This is a MASSIVE room, and there are in fact 16 bells in there, but I wasn't allowed to clamber up to get a shot of all the bells. That all said, the place that I was allowed was quite small, hence the perspective you see here

k@ from Paris, France

Nice colors here.

28 Nov 2011 9:05am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

WoW! What a set of bells. This is a good series even though I'm not a churchy person.

28 Nov 2011 9:38am

@J.R.: I'm not religious at all, but just from the perspective of the fact that it a grand building, it was very much worth doing

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Great POV and tones

28 Nov 2011 9:48am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Love the rich colours of the oak. Marvelous angle you get here to show the massive scale of these earth shaking bells.

28 Nov 2011 10:18am

Zorilla from H, T & E, United Kingdom

Very appealing

28 Nov 2011 10:27am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Lovely colour composition Chris

28 Nov 2011 11:25am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

I love the deep tones in this image ... and how I would love to hear those bells play!

28 Nov 2011 12:15pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Whilst I was in here just 2 bells went automatically as it was quarter past the hour. I knew something was going to happen as there was a whirring and clicking, and my two guides covered up their ears. Just 2 bells, each struck just once-and the noise was deafening!!!!

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A great story ... a bit scary ... Afportunados who knew of the problem ... An excellent image ... I love the sound of ringing bells. I have the luck to live near a "Basilica" and its bell tower ... A hug, Adela

28 Nov 2011 12:20pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

magnifique ! Supêrb composition and so beautiful colors !

28 Nov 2011 12:34pm

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

The tones are so warm and beautiful... and these bells are truly impressive ! Great capture Chris. Have a lovely day :)

28 Nov 2011 12:48pm

daniela scharnowski from Berlin, Germany

oh that was a nice tour!!! awesome old church and beautiful shots - the corkscrew stairs looking down is somewhat my favourite (for some memories of a similar tower here - Peyrepertuse it´s a total ruin, and as I was going the stairs, very much focussed on the steps, I finally decided looking up: wow, no more stairs, no more tower! and at that moment I got very dizzy ;])- though this one here has beautiful tones!

28 Nov 2011 2:01pm

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Great shot on this low light and smal space situation.. well done

28 Nov 2011 2:55pm

Kat from Lorraine, France

Une série très intéressante !

28 Nov 2011 3:12pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine interior shot of these huge bells. Very interesting account of the damage and how it was corrected.

28 Nov 2011 3:40pm

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

Hope the scrap metal thieves aren't checking out your shots,or goodbye bells.

28 Nov 2011 4:02pm

@Jeff: Given that the bells weigh tons and tons and tons, and they would have to get them down the little spiral staircase shown a few days ago, I don't think that unless they hire 2 Sikorsky helicopters-one to lift up the roof, and one to get the bells, there is 0.00% chance of these bells going anywhere soon!

franz from Baden, Austria

stunning sharpness again, and a very attractive monochrome treatment! you were lucky they didn't ring them while you were standing nearby ... ;-))

28 Nov 2011 6:19pm

clodagh smith from Sacramento, United States

great light. and details. these bells must make a beautiful sound

28 Nov 2011 6:58pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nice series Mr Celiotec.

28 Nov 2011 7:01pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Impressive massive bells. The colors of the different elements of the interior are wonderful. Great WB.

28 Nov 2011 7:12pm

Olivier from Manage, Belgium

Poor ears!!

28 Nov 2011 7:21pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Were the bats flying around? Interesting info and good to know that the remedial work was done in time.

28 Nov 2011 7:29pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

Nice to see these bells !

28 Nov 2011 7:44pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

good perspective and so sharp in what must've been awkward light.

28 Nov 2011 8:35pm

ursulakatariina from Leixlip, Ireland

Great shot. The bells do look huge.

28 Nov 2011 8:43pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

superb. wonderful composition

28 Nov 2011 10:09pm

Julie L. Brown from Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

Those are huge! What would it feel like to be up there when the bells were ringing?

28 Nov 2011 11:22pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I think you would need ear plugs if they rang while you were up there. Cool.

29 Nov 2011 1:27am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Beautiful - not only is the composition excellent, but the lighting is just wonderful!

29 Nov 2011 2:46am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

"Deafening" is probably an understatement, even for only two bells!

PS: I'm chuckling at your reply to Jeff, and your reference to the Sikorsky helicopters. We lived only a couple of miles from the Sikorsky plant in Connecticut. They do build some huge 'machines'. ;D

29 Nov 2011 3:18am

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
well done

29 Nov 2011 8:01pm

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom


1 Dec 2011 12:57pm

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
ISO 800
16 mm