Trinity Church in HDR – Boston (Dennis Aubrey)


We enjoy shooting two Boston churches especially, Trinity Church and Old South Church, both on Copley Square. We did an earlier post on photographing churches with tilt-shift lenses that featured both structures. I have been going through our library and found the following two shots from Trinity Church. These photos are interesting because it was […]

Doors to the Soul (Dennis Aubrey)


This post is our 100th in the sixteen months that we have been writing on our Via Lucis site. A celebration is in order; a collection of shots from one of our favorite subjects, church doors. I’ve always been fascinated by the site of the exterior light coming into the church from these old doors […]

Relics and Ambulatories – Part 1 (Dennis Aubrey)


Relics were always an important part of the early Christian church, but also the subject of great controversy. The issue was whether or not the reverence accorded to relics constituted the forbidden sin of idolatry. Perhaps even worse, it was considered to signify a return to paganism. To many of the faithful, however, the relic […]

A Church in Lenox (Dennis Aubrey)


While visiting dear friends in the Berkshires, PJ and I had the opportunity to see the lovely Saint Ann Catholic Church in Lenox, Massachusetts. We started off the weekend with “The Mystery of Irma Vepp” at Shakespeare & Company. The production was directed by our friend Kevin Coleman and was a complete hoot, faithful to […]

More in Concord (PJ McKey)


Here are two  shots taken in historic Concord, Massachusetts.  This is the Trinitarian Congregational Church, one of several beautiful churches in the immediate downtown area of Concord. This was the first chance I had to try out the new Canon TS-E 24mm F3.5 L II tilt-shift lens.  Unfortunately, it was only 10 degrees and my […]

A New England Church in Winter


4R1W8316.tif | Via Lucis Photography. PJ and I spent part of the weekend in the Lexington-Concord area of Massachusetts and took some shots of the local churches in the winter weather.  It was bitter cold outside, about 10 degrees, but beautiful.  PJ got a chance to try out the new Canon 24mm TSII and when […]

Cathédrale de Saint Pierre, Poitiers (Vienne)


Saint Pierre nave.tif | Via Lucis Photography. This is the Angevin cathedral built by Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor of Aquitaine (I almost said Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn).  It is a wonderful example of Angevin Gothic and is graced with one of the most beautiful examples of medieval stained glass, the Crucifixion window at the […]

Architectural lenses (Dennis Aubrey)


PJ and I use Canon full-frame sensor cameras for our work (1dsMkIII and the original 5D) so we use Canon lenses almost exclusively. This article will detail which lenses we use for the different tasks in shooting churches and cathedrals. There is a caveat, of course. Since we travel across the Atlantic and in France […]