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Since everyone liked the picts of the Cathedral, I thought I'd toss up a few of the picts I took the week before on the tour of Gleancairn. Unfortunately I only brought my Nikon with me and it won't let me manually set the ISO to take nice picts without the flash ( flash picts were not allowed). Darn Nikon just wanted to keep slowing down the shutter speed and many of the interior picts came out too blurry to see anything.

Not a lot on the metal work, but this video gives some good background on the concepts behind Glencairn and the cathedral.

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The courtyard doors off the main hall are one of the few places in Glencairn where the metal work isn't monel. The copper doors open out into the inner courtyard, and the bronze ones open onto the terrace. Again all hand worked. each one of the monel "disks" is unique. They didn't want any piece to be an exact copy of any other piece anywhere in the house since no two items are ever the same in nature.

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Lastly some newer handrails  Warren Holzman of Iron Studio In Phila. made for the museum a few years back. Monel was cost prohibitive, but they managed to antique stainless so it's almost impossible to tell the difference between it and the monel elsewhere.Warren did some of the newer metal work in the cathedral also and teaches the forging classes for the college associated with the church and Glencairn museum.

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Many of the kit lenses (lenses boxed with the camera during the sale) are daylight lenses, can only be used in daylight or with a flash. Prime lenses are much faster (need less light) and can be used indoors. Museums are usually dark so always carry a walking stick with a tripod socket screw on top, or carry  a mono-pod. These will allow you to control one axis of movement. Leaning against a door, wall, case, etc will help stabilize the camera even more.  


Read the manual for the camera and see if there is a way to bypass the automatic ASA settings. The higher the settings 400 vs 100 ASA the more light sensitive the camera is. The higher the ASA the more grain is produced and at some point the grain or pixels will become apparent. It is a balancing act for sure.

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