Monday, January 5, 2015

A Very Long Streak Of Bad Timing

The other day at Occasional Toronto, RedPat mentioned finally getting into a church to photograph the windows. Below we have St. Patrick's Basilica downtown here in Ottawa. There are gorgeous stained glass windows inside... but every time I'm around there, either I don't have a camera, or there's a mass, wedding, or funeral going on (obviously not at the same time).

This is taken in the morning from the north; the sunlight reflects off the office tower to my right and illuminates the old stone on the north side of the church.


37 comments:

  1. That is a tempting old pile. Can;t wait to see your shots



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  2. It is a classic and beautiful church, as much all of the
    large cities.

    Tomás.

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  3. Bom dia William
    Que catedral linda que suas lentes captaram. Uma foto espetacular
    Uma boa semana
    Um abraço

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  4. Could all be happening at the same time with side chapels.

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  5. Lovely old church William.. you should do some 'photo-napping' next time you see a wedding there :)

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  6. Like someone told me once, William.... You just may have to attend a service to get those interior shots!! Pick a bright day and arrive early. Can't wait to see what you end up with!

    Janis

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  7. That is a beautiful church! Love the illumination from reflection of sunlight!

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  8. It's very classic looking in this shot.

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  9. well, it's pretty being backlit by the sky. :)

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  10. You seem to have a lot of beautiful churches overthere.

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  11. It took a minute to find the office tower on your right? Then it clicked"reflection." Good eye on this one. I also looked at the cars going the wrong direction before I thought "one way." It's a slow day upstairs today!

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  12. @Cloudia: I wonder what the churchgoers would think of it being called a pile!

    @Tomas: I have always liked the architectural style.

    @Gracita: thank you!

    @Revrunner: and there's at least one of those inside.

    @Grace: I could do that!

    @Janis: I suspect the holy water would start to boil if I passed by!

    @Tamago: it's a church with a lot of history.

    @Sharon: it certainly is.

    @Tex: it does stand out.

    @Jan: yes, we have many of them.

    @Red: I haven't mentioned it before, as far as I know, but Ottawa has a lot of one way streets, particularly in the downtown core.

    @Luis: thank you!

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  13. Even here it is not easy to find a church open, without some kind of celebration or mass going on...

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  14. Quite an impressive looking building.

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  15. The building is handsome on the outside so I hope you do eventually get inside to see what it looks like.

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  16. It's a classic - what a church should look like (as opposed to the "church" on my blog today). And a fine photo. You caught the light perfectly.

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  17. It's a lovely old church! We just have to keep rattling the church doors!

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  18. @VP: sometime over the winter I need to pop in at another Catholic church here that seems to have no shortage of chances to photograph without disturbing anyone. It's quite lovely inside.

    @Judy: I've always thought so.

    @EG: it's quite grand inside, but not quite in an over the top way.

    @Lowell: yes, quite a contrast to the one you featured.

    @RedPat: that certainly does help!

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  19. It's a lovely old building, I hope you get to take your inside shots sometime.

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  20. The church looks glorious. Now I would really like to see inside.

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  21. This is beautiful, William! :)

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  22. The steeple is wonderful! Nice shot!

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  23. I can't wait for you to find the right time slot between a wedding and a funeral...

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  24. It's a beautiful church in this morning light.

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  25. The stained glass in churches are amazing and so beautiful ! I hope you get the chance to get some photos of them ! My mother in law does all kinds of stained glass we have quite a few of her works of art ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  26. Lovely picture! I hope you get in there and show us those windows.

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  27. It's a beautiful old church.
    I'd love to see the inside.

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  28. It is quite beautiful, especially that steeple! Pretty sky too.

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  29. @Denise: it might just be a matter of lucky timing when I get in there.

    @Lauren: sooner or later, I'll get in there when there's not something going on.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Cheryl: thank you.

    @Hilary: it certainly is.

    @Ciel: how many of those can there be, after all? At least ones not involving Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell.

    @Marleen: I can imagine on a sunny day what the stained glass on both sides must be like inside.

    @Country Gal: I can never get tired of stained glass.

    @Linda: I expect to!

    @Mumbaiiteanu: there are other Catholic churches here that I've photographed from the exterior and not yet the interior. Notre Dame is another one I have to take care of sooner or later for that.

    @Lois: that steeple definitely stands out.

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  30. Gorgeous building. Churches don't stay open like they once did as people go into them to rob them of any computer, PA system, or anything of value. It is a shame.

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  31. Sometimes it's just not destined to happen but it certainly gets frustrating when it happens repeatedly. But I suppose it will be all the more sweet when you succeed, which I truly hope you do!

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  32. Timing is everything, still the outside gave you a good shot!

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  33. I can see why you like the open doors events! As do we!

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  34. VERY nice photo of a great old building.
    The inside, with all that light shining through the windows should be spectacular.

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