Happy Easter from the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart exterior photography

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart exterior photography

I spent the day yesterday photographing the exterior and interior of the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart, located in Newark, New Jersey. It was part of a photography assignment. I was supposed to have done this months ago but due to conflicts in schedules it wasn’t until yesterday that I was able to get there. I think it worked out great since I was able to photograph it during the Holiest Week in the Catholic Faith.

Since my recent Church blog post have received so many hits, I thought I would share a few today from the Majestic Catheral of the Sacred Heart.

A view to Saint Ann

A view to Saint Ann’s Chapel at the

I photographed “A View to Saint Ann’s Chapel” thru the cross wood carving of a kneeling stool. Saint Ann was mother to Mary and grandmother to Jesus Christ.

Lady Chapel at the Sacred Heart Cathedral

Lady Chapel at the Sacred Heart Cathedral

All of these images where captured with the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III that I got from Gary Farber at Hunts Photo and Video. I am truly impressed with the cameras performance. The ceiling image below was captured at 6400 ISO handheld at f/8, 1/60 sec. I applied a 50% Luminance Noise Reduction in Adobe Lightroom with a 50% detail amount.

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Ceiling Details from the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart

Construction of the Cathedral began in the late 1800s’ but it did not officially open its doors to the public until 1976. It was a historic event and on that date the Cathedral was filled to capacity.

State and National recognition have been accorded to this Majestic Cathedral. The New Jersey Historical Society designated the Basilica as a historic landmark and soon after it was designated as a National Historic Site.

In my opinion to call it Majestic is an understatement. The French Gothic Architectural influence is quite impressive. I honestly felt that I was photographing in Heaven, or as close to it as one can get.

I hope to share a few more images of the past 1K images I created soon. But as most of you know… I am always playing catch up.

I would also like to take this opportunity to send wishes for  a very Happy Easter to all of family and friends that celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


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  • Oscar - What lovely images. Your composition and eye is amazing. Awesome job.

  • Willis - How cool it is to receive an email when you post. You never disappoint girl! It’s not only the variety that I enjoy so much, but you do it all so good. God bless your talent!

  • Samantha - I have been subscribe to your blog and enjoy it very much. I have never left any comments before, but just wanted you to know how much I enjoy it. Your photography is amazingly beautiful.

  • Dave - Out of the ballpark, Sue! Love them all with the praying stool being my favorite. How the heck do you see these things? LOL

  • Linda - Breathtaking for sure. I want to be your assistant.

  • Kim - OK, this is way over the top great!

  • Christy - Very, very, very Nice!

  • Chris - What beautiful architecture and details. Magnificent photos, Susan.

  • Phil - WOW! Stunning work. As usual ;o)

  • Maritza - What a spectacular Cathedral. I can’t believe I have never been there before. Looking at your beautiful photos has made me want to go really bad.

  • Marian - Lovely, lovely, lovely! You are so talented.

  • Meagan - What an absolutely beautiful Basilica with a great photos hoot.

  • Liz - I continue to say, you are amazingly talented. Your Dad would be so proud. This shot reminds me of the beautiful New York architecture, definitely not something you see in Miami.

  • Bob - I don’t know how you do it… but you do each and every time. Beautiful body of work!

  • JB - Majestic it is and you captured it just as.

  • Mike - One word comes to mind… Stunning!!!

  • Bob Martin - Hi Susan,
    What beautiful captures. Absolutely fantastic!

  • Gladys Robinson - Thanks and Happy Easter to you too. Your work is truly magnificent. Love your acrylic prints on my wall as well.

  • TJ - Breathtaking images and work. Happy Easter to you and your family as well.

  • Cary Gentile - One more time you really capture the beauty in the beauty I am so proud of your work you are really blessed by GOD and the Angels around you with your wonderful talents.

  • Roman Kurywczak - Great stuff as usual Susan! Happy Easter to you and Anthony…..almost forgot Oscar!

  • David DesRochers - Great collection of images. Happy Easter.

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