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Interior of the St.Lawrence church in Alkmaar
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Posted By: newmikey, 11-08-2012, 12:54 PM

During a photography event (the church is used as convention center nowadays) but I chose to focus my lens upwards rather than towards the studio workshops, flash system tryouts and new camera presentations.

The Groote Kerk (14701498), dedicated to St Lawrence, is a handsome building and contains the tomb of Floris V, Count of Holland (d. 1296), a brass of 1546, and some paintings (1507).

The mechanical clock has 27 bells by Melchior de Haze (1600s), and 8 modern bells. The tower bell was made by Jan Moer in 1525, with a diameter or 130 cm.

The church was built by Anthonius Keldermans (ca 1440-1512), from a church building family from Mechelen. The two organs are famous. The smaller one, called the "Koororgel", is from 1511, and is built against the North wall of the church. The larger one was built by Jacobus Caltus van Hagerbeer, finished in 1645, of which the doors of the cabinet were designed by Jacob van Campen and were painted by Caesar van Everdingen. It was restored in 1723 by Frans Caspar Schnitger.

The church is formally owned by the "Stichting Behoud Monumentale Kerken Alkmaar", which conducts restoration activities and rents it out for weddings and concerts, but also facilitates various cultural initiatives of the city.

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Awesome! Especially the first shot. Very well executed.
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These are incredible! Great perspective! I get a sore neck just staring at these What lens did you use?
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These are incredible! Great perspective! I get a sore neck just staring at these What lens did you use?
Sigma 8-16mm on the first two, SMC-F 50mm/f1.7 on the last ones. These are all 3-shot handheld brackets with 1-1/3 stop difference, aligned and combined into a 32-bit HDR image which was then tonemapped into 2 versions which were subsequently combined into layers with varying opacity in an image editor.

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Very well taken with a great perspective Mike.-charliezap

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