This April we visited Spain, landing in Barcelona and proceeding to Madrid, Seville, and Granada. Staying in the old town, we walked by the cathedral every day. With a nod to Claude Monet, here are some photos of the Barcelona cathedral at different times of day.
At 1 pm, the sun is nearly overhead and the facade and tower are in shadow. The sky is bright and washed out. Without side lighting, the facade and towers are relatively flat.
At 3:45 pm, the center tower has side lighting, so we can better see features that stick out and are lit. The four columns on the facade protrude from the facade and are lit. There are some figures on the columns. The sky is more uniformly blue.
At 6 pm, the sky is a deep blue. The columns on the front of the cathedral are lit and cast shadows to the left. The front of the three towers are lit. The design above the doors stands out.
The sky is bluest when the camera is pointed 90 degrees from the sun. The photos were taken with the same point and shoot camera, without a polarizing filter to darken the sky.