Pleasantly Surprised at Bryn Athyn Cathedral


When arriving at this recent meetup destination I was pleasantly surprised to find more than I had expected. I mean, who knew that just outside of Philadelphia, stood Bryn Athyn Cathedral? … a photographer’s playground! Another pleasant surprise was that two of my friends showed up and we had fun shooting together (at times). Surrounded by beautiful landscaping and flower gardens, the cathedral is situated on a hill overlooking the picturesque Pennypack Creek Valley. I arrived a little early and photographed outdoors while the others gathered, and before we were permitted inside. It was a little difficult staying out of each others way but we managed. The interior was just as beautiful as the outside and I couldn’t resist taking the classic shots while looking for some that might be more unique. At dusk the caretaker turned on some of the outdoor spotlights that were set up for the cathedral lighting scheduled for the following night. The cathedral, lit up against the night sky was a beautiful sight and a fitting ‘grand finale’ to a fun and worthwhile shoot. Here are a few of my favorites:

'Bryn Athyn Tower'  © Denise Bush

‘Bryn Athyn Tower’ © Denise Bush

'Two Benches'  © Denise Bush

‘Two Benches’ © Denise Bush

'Distant Tower'  © Denise Bush

‘Distant Tower’ © Denise Bush

'The Way To The Alter'  © Denise Bush

‘The Way To The Altar’ © Denise Bush

'The Gospel and The Apocalypse'  © Denise Bush

‘The Gospel and The Apocalypse’ © Denise Bush

'Cathedral Posterior'  © Denise Bush

‘Cathedral Posterior’ © Denise Bush

'Suspended'  © Denise Bush

‘Suspended’ © Denise Bush

'Afternoon Rainstorm'  © Denise Bush

‘Afternoon Rainstorm’ © Denise Bush

'Secret Stairwell'  © Denise Bush

‘Secret Stairwell’ © Denise Bush

'Bryn Athyn at Dusk'  © Denise Bush

‘Bryn Athyn at Dusk’ © Denise Bush

'Bryn Athyn Cathedral at Night'  © Denise Bush

‘Bryn Athyn Cathedral at Night’ © Denise Bush

16 Responses to “Pleasantly Surprised at Bryn Athyn Cathedral”

  1. 1 Deb

    Yes, it was a wonderful place! We were happy to see you there. 🙂 Your shots are wonderful as usual.

  2. 2 Ken Henriques Jr.

    Your shots are just beautiful Denise.

  3. 3 Kathleen Lapergola

    Denise, I love everyone of these images!! They are truly beautiful!!!

  4. The thing that impresses me is not that they are very beautiful photographs, which they are. It is that you have assembled a very nice set of images that really describes this place visually in your own style. It is sort of a “Denise Eye View” of Bryn Athyn Cathedral. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Thanks so much for stopping by Deb, Ken, Kathleen & Rich. I try to compliment the story with my choices and the order they are presented.

  6. Beautiful perspectives and beautiful work. Makes me think of 14th C. England or France or Bavaria except there were no pews in those cathedrals. My favorite “…at night.”

  7. 7 MikeP

    Great take on the place and your processing is (as usual) spot on. Like the b/w ‘afternoon rain’… that shine on the door…. very nice. The dusk and night really show off this place.

  8. Thanks for checking in Ralph & Mike. The club is doing a field trip there this year … you both should go!

  9. Well done, Denise. You have a great eye.

    • 10 denisebushphoto

      You would enjoy it there Ken. Add it to your list! Deb & Dave surprised me there! And thanks for checking in and looking at my work.

  10. Love them. I think my favorite is the Distant Tower.

  11. 13 Terry Wilson

    A great set of images. I love the Distant Tower. I tried for a similar shot in a castle in Wales a few years ago, but the landscape color didn’t pop and my proportion of window to stonework just wasn’t right. You nailed it.

  12. 15 rick

    alter is spelled ALTAR

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