After I’d spent some time photographing the Pentecost Doves, I went up to the cathedral tower, overlooking the city, to test my new Fujinon XF 50-140 mm f/2.8 lens.
I’m cheating with this photo. I actually shot this one in September 2015, but I’ve included it to give you an impression of where I stood to take all the remaining photos – right up there, at the very top of the tower, in the open, walking around all four sides of the tower and gazing down through those grilles in wonder. If you’re interested, getting up there required two separate lifts/elevators and 108 stair steps.
The photo above shows Hope Street which unites the Anglican and Roman Catholic cathedrals. The Metropolitan Catholic Cathedral was constructed in the 1960s and, at that time, became known as “Paddy’s Wigwam”, satirically picking up on its shape and the large Irish catholic population of the city.
In the image above you see the Liver Building beyond some more modern structures – and across the River Mersey to Birkenhead and Wallasey on the Wirral peninsula. The Irish sea windfarm is on the horizon.
Moving inland and eastwards from the Liver Buildings, the Royal Albert Dock and its Ferris wheel are shown across from the Mersey Tunnel’s ventilation shaft tower at Birkenhead.
Moving westwards this time, towards the mouth of the estuary, the red cranes of Bootle bow to the Radio City tower.
Above, the view swings back to some of the city’s more modern buildings – two of them frame a Stena liner, probably on its way to Belfast in Northern Island.
Moving in closer to the Anglican Cathedral, the tower of St Luke’s “bombed-out” church still stands despite its hollowed-out interior.
Today’s featured photo is my personal favourite of the shots that I took from the Cathedral Tower. It shows, in the afternoon sunshine the varied ages, shapes and colours of the city’s architecture. In it you see the Irish Sea windfarm and Stena liner, now well on its way westwards. You see the tip of the Wirral Peninsula with New Brighton and its Perch Rock lighthouse.
Again, I used my Fujifilm X-T4 camera, but, for all these shots, I used a Fujinon 50-140 mm f/2.8 lens.
EXIF data were: 1/1600 secs @ f/3.2 and 50 mm. The ISO was 160. All the Tower shots were taken while resting the camera on and between the stone slits in the Tower’s protective wall.