Architecture: Sacred Heart Cathedral

One of the nice photographic discoveries I made this year was Sacred Heart Catholic Church in neighboring Tampa, Florida. It is a beautiful cathedral right in the heart of downtown Tampa. Albeit small, it has much of fine ornamental features and intricate details for which much larger cathedrals are famous.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Taken with Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/500 sec, f/8, iso 200.

Christmas decorations still adorned the altar and rest of the cathedral in early January.

View of altar and cupola. Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/160 sec, f/8, iso 2000, handheld.

What a beautiful church.

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Side view of altar and cupola. Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/160 sec, f/8, iso 2000.

This shot was taken at the midpoint of the nave, looking forward to the altar and up towards the ceiling.

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Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/160 sec, f/8, iso 2000, handheld.

Looking to the rear of the cathedral, you can see the organ tubes.

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Rear view showing the organ tubes. Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/30 sec, f/8, iso 2000, handheld.

Since use of a tripod might be inappropriate, I made due with high ISO settings and carefully hand holding the camera.

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Side view showing the beautiful stained glass windows. Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/250 sec, f/4, iso 1000, handheld.

I am amazed with the architecture everywhere I looked. It is a photographer’s dream come true.

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A closer view of the beautiful stained glass windows. Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/30 sec, f/8, iso 2000, handheld.

The stained glass windows are magnificent.

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A close study of a stained glass window. Nikon D600 and Nikon 50mm f/1.4G AF-S lens @ 1/200 sec, f/4, iso 200, handheld.

One of my favorite shots is straight up to show the beautiful arch ceiling.

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Looking directly upwards towards the ceiling. Magnificent! Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/200 sec, f/4, iso 1600, handheld.

If you are a admirer of cathedrals and are in the Tampa, FL area, I highly recommend a visit to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Left side of the cathedral. Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/125 sec, f/8, iso 200.

Notes to fellow photographers: I took these pictures on a Sunday afternoon, after the last morning mass. The church seems to be very photographer friendly. I quietly took pictures during what turned out to be a baptism. Initially, I thought it was a rehearsal (oops!). The priest and baptism party did not even seem to notice me or the other tourists that were quietly walking around admiring the beautiful cathedral. As noted, most pictures were taken on my then new Nikon D600 coupled with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S ultra wide zoom lens. This lens is phenomenal for interior architecture shots – perfect for this situation. While it is a wide angle lens, it is not a “fish eye” lens, as straight lines are still straight. Fish eye lenses distort straight lines. The full frame sensor and the 24 megapixel resolution D600 pays dividends in terms of low light capability and detail. To capture the beauty of the stained glass windows, I momentarily switched to my Nikon 50mm “normal” lens to take detailed closeups without the wide angle lens distortion. Take a look at the larger pictures.

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