Sunday photoblogging: Gothic portico, Laguardia, Spain

by Chris Bertram on September 18, 2016

Gothic portico, Laguardia

This polychrome gothic portico is in the church of Santa Maria de los Reyes in Laguardia and dates from the 14th century. It used to be the on the outside of the church but has been inside for several centuries and was probably painted this way in the 14th century. I took the picture hand-held at 6400 ISO, 1/30sec, f4 (the maximum aperture on the lens) in very dark conditions (flash prohibited), which tells you what cameras can do now.



Alan White 09.18.16 at 3:41 pm

Image stabilization too? Great detail for less than optimal circumstances.


Chris Bertram 09.18.16 at 4:05 pm

I wish! But no image stabilization on either camera or lens.


Donald A. Coffin 09.18.16 at 4:47 pm

Nice. You have a steadier hand than I do these days; 1/30 is too slow for me.

But here’s an interior of the Pantheon in Rome, taken in 2005 on my first DSLR, an ancient Canon.


Barry 09.18.16 at 4:57 pm

Wow. I wonder how long it took to build that.


Dr. Hilarius 09.18.16 at 5:50 pm

It is amazing that ISO 6400 isn’t even cutting edge any longer. I can recall shooting TriX (ASA 400) and pushing it in development to ASA 1600. Heavy grain to say the least.


Scott P. 09.18.16 at 8:35 pm

What brought you to Laguardia? I conduct research every summer in La Rioja and always make time for a visit to Laguardia. A very charming town.


Chris Bertram 09.19.16 at 6:18 am

@Scott P: a fairly random choice of somewhere to stay, but a good one.


Dave 09.19.16 at 7:02 pm

Wow the detail is incredible, even magnified on Flickr.


john c. halasz 09.22.16 at 6:19 am

Gorgeous. Are the sculptures carved in wood?


James Wimberley 09.23.16 at 1:36 pm

I recommend Santo Domingo de la Calzada. They keep a live hen in a cage in the wall of the church (rotated for animal welfare) to commemorate an alleged miracle involving a roast chicken coming back to life and revealing the false oath of a criminal. The charming but ridiculous story has occluded the impressive real work of a genuine mediaeval saint, a hermit who roused himself to organise the local community into creating protection and support for the growing number of pilgrims to Compostela: clearing a broad swath of forest either side of the road to give warning of robbers, building a bridge and hostel. A convincing man.


James Wimberley 09.23.16 at 1:37 pm

PS: Santo Domingo de la Calzada is the patron saint of Spanish roadmenders.

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