Lincoln by night - The Comet and the Chapter House - Bruce Hargrave Photography
Lincoln by night - The Comet and the Chapter House - Bruce Hargrave Photography

Lincoln by night - The Comet and the Chapter House

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Comet NEOWISE over the Chapter House of Lincoln Cathedral

Lincoln Cathedral Chapter House was built between 1220 and 1235.

When the 2006 movie The Da Vinci Code was being filmed, Westminster Abbey in London refused to allow filming to take place there.  Lincoln cathedral had no such qualms and so, to make the Lincoln Chapter House appear similar to the Westminster Chapter House, murals were painted on a special layer over the existing wall, and elsewhere polystyrene replicas of Isaac Newton's tomb and other Abbey monuments were set up. For a time these murals and replicas remained in the Chapter House, as part of a Da Vinci Code exhibit for visitors, but in January 2008 they were all sold off in an auction to raise money for the Cathedral.

C/2020 F3 or Comet NEOWISE is a long period comet with a near-parabolic orbit discovered on March 27, 2020 by astronomers during the NEOWISE mission of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer space telescope.  NEOWISE is an acronym for Near Earth Orbit Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.  The comet was visible in the UK night sky for a few weeks in the Summer of 2020 and I was determined to photograph it.  This was not as easy as it sounds.  Astrophotography benefits from dark skies unobscured by clouds, but cities - even in the early hours of the morning - suffer from light pollution caused by so-called cultural lighting (light from streets and houses) .  Some of the best nights for photography were spoilt by cloud and balancing the exposure of the Chapter House and the comet was very challenging.  However, I was pleased to get this image and I make it available here so that people can buy this unique example of fine art photography.

Two types of print are available. 

Medium and Large prints are supplied on an aluminium dibond base with a metal subframe on the back so that they can be easily hung on your wall.  The full colour print has a layer of high gloss laminate applied to it to give the picture a stunning glass-like effect.

The Extra Large prints are made on a specially coated canvas that is then stretched over a pine wood frame.  At over a metre, this means that the artwork is rigid and yet light enough to be easily hung on your wall.  A hanging kit is supplied as standard with all canvases.

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