Sagrada Familia Apse

Sagrada Familia, Antonin Gaudi’s architectural master work, located in Barcelona is hands down my favorite building on earth to photograph. The construction, lighting and “feel” of the building appear to change with the movement of the sun through the windows. Sitting there and enjoying the views, meditating and watching the interplay of the light and Gaudi’s designs are a needed contrast to the bustle and energy of Barcelona right outside the doors.


The straight line belongs to men, the curved one to God.

Antonin Gaudi

So many tourists flock to the Basilica to take the tours and go up into the spires, which have amazing views don’t get me wrong, but I think that this spot off to the side of the church is the best. I also truly believe that you need to spend an entire day here, watching the sun cross the windows from the blues and greens through the reds and yellows as the hours pass.

This image was created from five bracketed photos taken using a Platypod. As tripods are not permitted in the church, I used this device which is essentially a flat platform and a tripod head screw. I was able to slide it into place and remotely trigger the brackets. I merged and processed these brackets into an HDR image to expose the light, colors and details to try and do Sagrada Familia and Gaudi’s vision justice.

The gallery image is a limited edition printed directly on a sheet of 16×24 High Gloss Metal and is $275 at the event. Other sizes are available, contact me for more information, prices and time for delivery.


  • Title: Sagrada Familia Up the Copse
  • Camera: NIKON D610
  • Focal length: 15mm
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/60s
  • Taken: 27 January, 2017

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