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St. Patrick's RC Cathedral, Armagh

By bigalguitarpicker  
A favourite location of mine, I've previously photographed this scene with a 70-300mm lens, shooting brackets and creating HDR Panoramics. On this occasion I used my Sigma 10-20m on the tripod. Centre column jacked up high as it would go and using a cable release to avoid causing any camera movement. Unfortunately my Fuji S3 Pro doesn't have mirror lock-up, so I have to work round it. On this occasion I used the cable release, I also have the option of using my YongNuo radio trigger. ( check it out on eBay!)
With the intention of defeating window burnout, I first shot one frame at 1/1500 sec, followed by 3 bracketed frames in Aperture Priority. Processed all 4 frames in Photomatix for the HDR aid &assistance, then CS5 Extended to finish the job.

There is a fault in this image, it took me 6 days to see it. Feel free to tell me what you reckon it is!

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sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 7:18AM
Nice work! It's been a long time since I did any HDR - but for church interiors it works wonderfully. The detail in this image is lovely and the sepia toning works well. As to a fault? Why should we get so picky - i would be happy to have this in my portfolio. However, you've thrown down the gauntlet! My money is on the pattern on the isle about 1 cm into the frame. Wink


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22 Oct 2012 10:13AM
Cheers Adam, no that's not it. It's maybe an unfair challenge, as I spotted it in an A3 print and it's probably too small to see onscreen. The second person from the left is a bit ghosted.
capto Plus
5 5.0k 8 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2012 10:24AM
So glad you revealed the 'fault' I would have spent all day looking in vain.
A very nice image with an explanation of how you did it, very useful for others.
22 Oct 2012 6:26PM
I think this a superb image. Interested in your HDR technique. I like photographing stained glass windows so I must try it.

22 Oct 2012 9:43PM
@bouic - Thanks for your comment. Usually when shooting HDR, I take 3 frames at -2, 0, +2 EV in Aperture Priority. I've noticed though when shooting in churches, if it's sunny outside, windows can still appear burnt out, so this time I metered from the window to get it properly exposed. That's where I got the shutter speed of 1/1500. Shot one frame at that speed, went back to Aperture Priority and took my 3 bracketed frames, then processed all 4 in Photomatix. I'll probably this in future from now on as it seems to work.
26 Oct 2012 10:37AM
super image! Grin And thanks for the suggestion about metering for windows and then procede with the usual -2 0 +2EV... never did that and will definitely give it a try.

can't find anything that could have been done better... really well done!

26 Oct 2012 11:16AM
Thanks for your kind comment Karlgozo. Nice place, Gozo. I was on holiday in Malta about 20 years ago and took a cruise to Gozo. Also enjoyed the cruise around Grand Harbour in Valleta where my sailor father served during WWII, when the Luftwaffe was busy dive-bombing the place. Had to take a stroll down The Gut. I've heard some legends about that street from ex-servicemen! Unfortunately I wasn't particularly interested in photography when I was there, so I'll have to go back for another visit!
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
26 Oct 2012 4:13PM
has some lovely tones and the people add perspective Smile
26 Oct 2012 10:42PM
Thank you cats_123. I think you're right, we try to capture scenes devoid of people, but a bod or 2 can enhance the image.

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