I love this view. Cathedrals are fantastic and fascinating structures.
I do a lot of work as a commercial architectural photographer, so when I get the chance to photograph such a magnificent open space as this I feel very fortunate to be able to do a half decent job of it. I try to convey the detail, the space, the feeling and the grandeur that these fantastic old buildings give.
And this has to be one of the finest cathedrals I have been in.
And one of the grandest and most interesting ceilings.
This is an HDR bracketed shot. I had to bracket to get the details in the shadows and also in the highlights. The correct exposure single image captured neither, just the middle ground. But I knew this would be the case before I took this shot so I was fully prepared.
Practice photographing the things you like photographing and you will get better and produce better photographs. I practice photographing buildings all the time.
From my previous edit all I have done to this Portfolio image is
- increased the exposure by nearly 1 stop (0.95)
- Boosted the contrast to +24
- Pumped up the vibrancy to bring out the colours in the ceiling
- Added a vignette.
Regular readers of my blog should be used to this treatment by now.
Image capture details for this shot as follows.
- 1/60th of a second
- ISO 3200
Captured on my Canon 6D with Canon 17-40mm lens.
This image was taken in the middle of the day in the middle of August. The place was packed with people. So the question is – how do I get the shot with all these people in the cathedral?
Point your camera up. In this case to the ceiling. But for other views this is one of my favourite photography tips. And one of the most simple. Will anyone know or care that the picture of the cathedral does not include the floor?
I have taken lots of photographs of great European interior spaces using this technique. No to do this as well as a conventional shot including the floor and all those people.
There are other ways of taking photographs of buildings full of people involving multiple exposures and work in Photoshop.
But point your camera up is much much quicker.
Give it a go!
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Saturday 3rd September 2016