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St James’ Church, King Street, Sydney…

by on Jul.17, 2011, under Life, Photography

Another week, another lovely church 🙂

Continuing my theme of visiting interesting and beautiful buildings here in the city I took a trip to St James’ Church, King Street.

Completed in 1822, as part of the major construction programme initiated by Governor Lachlan Macquarie, St James’ is now the oldest existing church building in Sydney.

As with my visit to St Andrews Cathedral the people here were extremely friendly and helpful, they allowed me to take photographs all over the place and even unlocked the doors to upstairs for me so I could take some shots from up high.

As before I used my new tripod (and I’m really starting to appreciate having this new ballhead with friction control for finer more manageable micro adjustments) and shot three (or four or five) exposure bracketed sequences to later post process using HDR techniques if necessary. Like most of these buildings they are relatively dark inside but with super bright highlights where the windows are.

Note: These images (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger – so click any of the images below to see larger versions in an inline overlay gallery viewer.

Golden Inner Sanctum

NIKON D7000 + 8.0-16.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 8 mm, 2 sec at f/11, ISO 100


NIKON D7000 + 8.0-16.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 8 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 100

Sky of Diamonds

NIKON D7000 + 8.0-16.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 8 mm, 1.3 sec at f/11, ISO 100


NIKON D7000 + 8.0-16.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 8 mm, 1 sec at f/11, ISO 100

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  • Kerry

    Hi Rodney

    Your photos are stunning! I hope you don’t mind but I have used two of them in a report for a client (I’m a genealogist). You have been credited in the bibliography and in the text of the report. His ancestors were married there but he is from Western Australia now.


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