Weekly Photo Challenge: Inspiration

The Cathédrale Saint-Étienne in Metz, France.

Our theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge this week is:  Inspiration.
Our instructions: This week, we want you to show us what inspiration means to you.

I’m a beginning photographer . . . there’s not much that isn’t an inspiration to me.  To the great annoyance of my entire family, I’m constantly stopping to take pictures of random things.  I call it practicing.

Earlier this summer, we stopped for a night in Metz, France (en route to Paris).  Honestly, I wasn’t expecting anything but a bed and a pillow, but instead I found inspiration at the Cathédrale Saint-Étienne (nicknamed God’s Lantern, for its 6,500 square meters of spectacular stained glass).  Hands down, this is one of the most impressive cathedrals I’ve ever seen. Construction on the cathedral began in 1220 — if walking around an 800 year old building made out of stone and light doesn’t inspire and awe, I don’t know what does.

Man, I wish stained glass could talk . . .

This is the view from our 4th floor, 17th-century hotel room.  I parked myself in the window and took photos of the cathedral every few minutes, as the sun was setting.  I couldn’t stop taking pictures.  If nothing else, this ended up an interesting study of time and light.


I do wish I had my “big” camera (my Nikon D800).  But I don’t travel with that beast, it’s just too heavy to carry around all day.  On longer trips (anything involving an airplane), I travel with my “red” camera (my Nikon P510).  It’s a great little traveling camera, and it fits into my Euro-purse!

Nikon P510
ISO 450 | 5.3mm | f/3.1 | 1/8 sec



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