The Crypt

I've been waiting weeks hoping to visit The Crypt at Winchester Cathedral. It's been flooded and only recently re-opened. The water is now about a foot deep and it's possible to use the viewing platform again. The sculpture is Sound II by Antony Gormley.

The original Norman east wing of the Cathedral was built over the crypt which remains virtually unchanged and which contains a well under the High Altar.

I found this incredibly difficult to photograph: the lack of light, reflections, pale colours of the stone - I now have a 12-month pass to the Cathedral and I'm sure I will be returning.
This is lovely with the reflections and you have done an amazing job with this.
posted March 25th, 2014  
@rosiekind

Rosie, thank you - this is the most time I've ever spent on post-processing a shot.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Love love love!!! The reflection is great!! :)
posted March 25th, 2014  
Love the reflection and the statue itself. Fav!
posted March 25th, 2014  
SO COOL
posted March 25th, 2014  
I think this is a terrific image, and a fav for me. The figure is beautiful and the reflections lovely. I have a pass for Ely Cathedral, and it's well worth having.
posted March 25th, 2014  
The flooding has given you great reflections a brilliant shot
posted March 25th, 2014  
Amazing reflections.
posted March 25th, 2014  
This is super! Sorry about the flooding but what wonderful reflections
posted March 25th, 2014  
Beautifully finished. The symmetry is lovely :-)
posted March 25th, 2014  
Amazing reflections!
posted March 25th, 2014  
This is phenomenal! Fantastic image.
posted March 25th, 2014  
This is so perfect. Clear and calm and beautifully exposed and composed.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Spectacular once-in-a lifetime image Hazel! Very cool.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Crystal clear and wonderful reflactions
posted March 25th, 2014  
this is a spectacular shot, hazel. especially that there was flood waters remaining. the reflection made the shot all the more special. i love old churches especially the ones you have over there. this, i can fav a thousand times.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Amazing capture Hazel...Fav.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Amazing reflections
posted March 25th, 2014  
Fabulous shot, probably a once in a lifetime opportunity?!
posted March 25th, 2014  
That is truly spectacular, Hazel
posted March 25th, 2014  
This is fabulous and a Fav.
posted March 25th, 2014  
So serene and beautiful -- great composition -- a fav
posted March 25th, 2014  
Fabulous - it is supposed to be a bit flooded isn't it??
posted March 25th, 2014  
@judithg

Yes, it's quite often flooded. Even when the water subsides completely, the floor has to be left to dry out for a while so it is not damaged when folk walk on it. (For me water = reflections is most interesting!)
posted March 25th, 2014  
@artbyclover

The Crypt is quite often a bit flooded - I don't know the exact amount of time when it is dry or wet.
posted March 25th, 2014  
posted March 25th, 2014  
Very interesting shot - the water is so still it really looks like glass, which is confusing for a moment!
posted March 25th, 2014  
Wonderful capture and reflections. Sad, though, that it is flooded.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Stunning reflections....probably the only good thing we can say about flooding!! Fav!!
posted March 25th, 2014  
Saw this in the Trending page. I love the composition and reflections. Nicely done.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Ha - my pic of this was my most viewed for a few years! Stunning isn't it :-)
For a contrast of one taken on a sunny day - albeit still in water.. http://365project.org/rvm/365/2012-10-19

posted March 25th, 2014  
Amazing & perfectly stunning reflections. Your difficulty in capture is rewarded with beauty, peace & I hope great satisfaction.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Such a shame but what a beautiful capture, reflection and lighting,it looks very peaceful too
posted March 25th, 2014  
What an amazing reflection!
posted March 25th, 2014  
Love this reflection
posted March 25th, 2014  
Wow the water has created a wonderful opportunity for this fabulous reflection.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Is this an Anthony Gormley statue? Fav amazing shot
posted March 25th, 2014  
@rvm

Interesting - quite different tones. I shall have to look for a sunny day next time!
posted March 25th, 2014  
Amazing capture... the water and reflections make it something you'll never be able to capture again! Beautiful architecture, but the water lines make it so unique and interesting! fav
posted March 25th, 2014  
The flooding makes a great reflective surface, b
Lovely crisp capture
posted March 25th, 2014  
love it Hazel, great reflections, really like Anthony Gormley
posted March 25th, 2014  
Breath taking instant fav
posted March 25th, 2014  
Wow -- what a great picture this is -- the reflection, the statue's pose, and the somber atmosphere add up to a fav for me.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Twice beautiful. Upstairs and downstairs . Looks like a playing card
posted March 25th, 2014  
Wow, wow, wow !!
posted March 25th, 2014  
Hazel what a great capture. Through tragedy you have manage to find a stunning image. Well captured
posted March 25th, 2014  
Wow, fantastic reflection, looks awesome.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Brilliant shot.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Stunning picture.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Terrific shot with all the detail and reflections.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Congratulations on making Trending Page. Well deserved.
posted March 25th, 2014  
Wow!!! You captured this so well. Beautiful especially with reflections!!! Fav for me too!!!
posted March 25th, 2014  
So beautiful!
posted March 26th, 2014  
This is such a cool picture! Love it!
posted March 26th, 2014  
Wow what an amazing shot !!!!! Such a tragic circumstance which has enabled such a perfect capture.
posted March 26th, 2014  
Beautiful shot
posted March 26th, 2014  
Really beautiful, Hazel!
posted March 26th, 2014  
Wonderful image Hazel, really special. Something I find really interesting is that this statue is in flood water. One of Anthony Gormleys most famous works is on Crosby beach and they are all flooded each tide
posted March 26th, 2014  
That is absolutely amazing! I know there is water there, but I can't tell where it begins (or ends). Fantastic capture - you have caught the reflections VERY well. Fav for me!
posted March 26th, 2014  
Gorgeous, gorgeous capture. A fav.
posted March 26th, 2014  
Fav! Superb shot Hazel, this works really well and is an amazing composition.
posted March 26th, 2014  
Awesome capture; well done Hazel !
posted March 26th, 2014  
Lucky you for getting in there - What a brilliant shot!
posted March 26th, 2014  
Wow, great shot. Such contemplation and serenity.
posted March 26th, 2014  
Lovely shot
posted March 26th, 2014  
@markp

I guess Gormley may have an affinity with water! I certainly do - photographically, I mean.
posted March 26th, 2014  
wonderful photo, congrats on the PP (TT???? - fingers crossed!)
posted March 26th, 2014  
You've done a great job, I was there a couple of years ago but bought a postcard as my photo's didn't do it justice. A fav for me, great photo and happy memories of a lovely day with my mum and daughter.
posted March 26th, 2014  
Beautifully captured lovely reflections
posted March 26th, 2014  
@debbie3108

Debbie - happy to recall some memories for you. You can buy prints in Winchester Cathedral's online shop now - in view of this i think it's gracious of them to allow photography.
posted March 26th, 2014  
Here you are Hazel....had to over page after page to find you!!!! Not sure I like this new layout!! I think Antony Gormlely was meant to stand in water ...this looks fabulous!
posted March 26th, 2014  
Stunning fav
posted March 26th, 2014  
smashing shot Hazel
posted March 26th, 2014  
@happypat

Agreed, not so interesting when dry! I like the new layout but suspect it's designed to keep us on here longer!!!
posted March 26th, 2014  
Oh WOW, Hazel, my friend, you have created a photographic masterpiece here. Even my husband stopped in his tracks to look at it, and you know he is usually very dismissive of my time spent on 365!
I have a long relationship with Antony Gormley, originating from Crosby where his "Other Place" installation is found. I also won a signed limited print of his when one of my art students won a competition on the inauguration of Tate Britain.
I haven't seen this one, so I think we now know where we may be heading in may!
posted March 26th, 2014  
FAVed BTW!
posted March 26th, 2014  
@julieco

Yes, Julie, that would be great - also the river, cathedral close, King Alfred's statue, the Great Hall, plus gorgeous architecture in Winchester! Thank you so much for supportive comments.
posted March 26th, 2014  
Hell, this is fabulous isn't it! WOW!
posted March 26th, 2014  
So much to reflect upon. Fav.
posted March 26th, 2014  
back again Hazel, seen this on flickr and thought i recognise this, like yours best i must say.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/121504343@N04/13432810573/in/pool-fujifilmx100s
posted March 26th, 2014  
@killeen

David - thank you! I've seen two other shots of this and I think mine stands up very well to them (I'm being very polite!). I want to go back and have another go at a landscape shot - but the gate which stops you falling into the foot-deep water gets in the way! I did try to make it a feature but it spoilt the shots.
posted March 26th, 2014  
you aced it... this is an amazing capture... FAV
posted March 26th, 2014  
You did a grea job. brilliant and a fav. Did you use a tripod with such difficult light conditions may I ask?
posted March 26th, 2014  
Rik
Great shot. I really want to visit here
posted March 26th, 2014  
Have to mirror (no pun intended) the comments of others re Gormley and water. Was working in Crosby a while ago, so made a quick trip to the "other place" eager to see the statues, only to find it was high tide and there was nothing to see but sea. So I had a nice cream instead ;)
posted March 26th, 2014  
This is so cool, love the reflections.
posted March 27th, 2014  
This is a gorgeous capture. Congrats on the PP. FAV.
posted March 27th, 2014  
The flooding was to your advantage. Wonderful shot
posted March 27th, 2014  
Beautiful reflections....amazing shot
posted March 27th, 2014  
😍FAV😍
posted March 27th, 2014  
@archielogical

I'm glad you got the positive from that situation (ice-cream)! You could go back?!
posted March 27th, 2014  
@rikshore

Thanks. Lots more to see around here!
posted March 27th, 2014  
@khirsch

No, Karin, don't have a tripod. A friend is going to lend me one to have a practice but I really don't envisage carrying it around with me.
posted March 27th, 2014  
Amazing shot! There are so many beauties in this shot
posted March 27th, 2014  
Fantastic shot, love the reflection fav
posted March 27th, 2014  
Ahhhhhh.you captured this in a most beautiful way Hazel! It is amazing and a FAV
posted March 27th, 2014  
Wow. Very cool.
posted March 28th, 2014  
@jantan

You're kind to think of it, Jan - I would then be doubly surprised!!!
posted March 28th, 2014  
Just Ab Fab. A fav from me.
posted March 28th, 2014  
Fantastic Hazel! Congrats on T20 and Fav!
posted March 28th, 2014  
Love this! Fav and follow. I think you did a fabulous job capturing the image with the difficult conditions!
posted March 28th, 2014  
@kiwi_big_bear @michaelelliott @cmuir1963

Thank you all for favs and comments - really unexpected to get on TT again!
posted March 28th, 2014  
Hazel - hearty congrats on making the TT - twice! Well-deserved, this shot in particular was different and completely stunning! I wonder if the sculptor ever imagined seeing it like this?
posted March 28th, 2014  
This is incredibly spectacular! What a gift to be able to visit and revisit such a place!
posted March 28th, 2014  
you certainly did this justice - superb atmosphere you captured
posted March 28th, 2014  
@tishpics

Patricia, thank you - unimaginable really - twice!
posted March 28th, 2014  
Congrats on TT
posted March 28th, 2014  
Hazel, this was a great shot, as was your other one -- congrats on the double TT!
posted March 28th, 2014  
@elaine55 @taffy

Thanks, ladies - what a great boost!!!!
posted March 29th, 2014  
Just seen this, Hazel (29/3). Missed some days recently. It's a superb image, I'm sure I can't add to what has been said above. Belated fav and well done on TT.
posted March 29th, 2014  
Congrats on double TT!
posted March 29th, 2014  
@ivan

Had to do a very small clone on this one too!!!!! (I had an interesting time capturing this, first I had to persuade a volunteer guide that I did not want to see the big bible but to go straight to the crypt - he seemed reluctant to tell me where it was!
posted March 29th, 2014  
@soboy5

many thanks!!
posted March 29th, 2014  
Well done on getting in to TT. Thought this was special when I was it
posted March 29th, 2014  
Congrats on the TT :)
posted March 29th, 2014  
@willowdragon

Many thanks!!
posted March 29th, 2014  
Congraulations Hazel. on TT..such a lovely image!
posted March 30th, 2014  
@soboy5 @eyesmile @scarybird

thanks so much everybody - this is the stuff dreams are made of - to get onto TT!!!!
posted March 30th, 2014  
I am so far behind at the moment but a belated congrats on the double TT with your two great shots Hazel, you are on a roll! Fav.
posted March 31st, 2014  
Great shot Hazel. The effort was worth it. Congratulations on top twenty.
posted March 31st, 2014  
Just catching up Hazel, this is a wonderful shot, beautiful reflections. I really like Antony Gormley's sculptures. Well done on two shots in the TT!
posted March 31st, 2014  
@paulaw @johnfalconer @lindsaydaisyboo

Thanks so much to you all - Paula - as long as I don't roll off the edge!!!
posted March 31st, 2014  
Is this what happens when I miss a few days. You get two on the TT! How fabulous! So many congratulations, I am way behind, so sorry I missed these
posted March 31st, 2014  
That is totally awesome. It's a Fav and I am now following you.
posted March 31st, 2014  
@claireuk

Thanks, Claire - it's mostly incredible to me!
posted April 1st, 2014  
@chocolatesocks

Rosie, thanks - love your boots - I have some red ones but not quite as vibrant as yours!
posted April 1st, 2014  
CONGRATULATIONS Hazel on your Top Twenty finish!
posted April 2nd, 2014  
This is amazing!!! Love the reflections in this one!!! Great capture!!!
posted August 18th, 2014  
outstanding!!
posted December 15th, 2014  
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