Orlando is known for its theme parks and many distractions – not for Gothic Revival Churches modeled after the English Gothic style of the 14th century. Nonetheless, that is precisely what you see here in the Cathedral Church of St. Luke of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida.
Designed by the architectural firm of Frohman, Robb, and Little, a firm whose work includes design contributions to the Washington National Cathedral, St. Luke’s is a rare architectural gem in downtown Orlando.
Construction the Cathedral began in the 1920’s with laying of the cornerstone in 1925. While a portion of the building was completed before the Great Depression, which hit Florida in 1926, a temporary wall sealed the altar end. This wall would not be removed until the building was fully completed as planned in 1987.
About the image
The photo is a composite of 5 images captured during a photowalk with the Orlando Digital Photography Group using a Canon 5DMKII, 24-105 F/4L, and an Induro tripod. The images were merged in Photomatix with additional editing in Lightroom, Photoshop, and the Topaz suite.
The church sits on the foundations of a 12th century crusader chapel abandoned in 1345 and a 4th ceturny Byzantine basilica that was destroyed by an earthquake in the 8th century.
Another name for this church is: The Church of all Nations as many countries donated funds for its construction between 1919 and 1924.
Most importantly, this is the site of Jesus anguish prior to his crucifixion recorded in Luke 22:39-46.
I wanted to highlight everyone hovering around near the entrance of the church. The effect you see was done in camera by zooming the lens as I pressed the shutter.
This was shot using a 24-70 2.8L at 2.8 1/30