San Sebastian Cathedral, Spain
Stunning interior. I am an architectural photographer. I can’t resist such stunning interiors.
And this shot was hand held. No tripod. Just me and by 6D with my trusty specialist interior photographer lens – my Canon 17-40mm F4 L. Why do I call it a specialist interior photographer lens?
Shooting interiors, I quite often find myself wedged in a corner, or holding my camera up to the ceiling and pointing down, holding my camera out of a window etc etc.
17mm on a full frame camera is wide. If you thing about it the widest tilt shift lens, specialist architectural photography kit if ever there was, has a 17mm focal length. The others being 24mm and 90mm. Never understood the 90mm one??
So 17mm is wide. And for the positions I use to get my shots I love the size and weight of the 17-40mm lens.
I find that being able to get into unusual positions to get different viewpoints outweighs the benefits of bigger, more expensive lenses. The images with the 17-40 are great, lovely and sharp. And I find myself using this great little lens all the time for architectural photography, and interior photography.
So this shot I took handheld. ISO was 3200. Quite high, but no evidence of grain. The 6D really is an amazing camera for architectural photography – so sharp, and again light and very easy to use. And if there is any noise in this image I can’t see, and I have not even thought about noise reduction in Lightroom.
I say noise reduction – more like detail reduction as far as I am concerned.
At this ISO I could use a shutter speed of 1/80th of a second, F8, and the random focal length of 36mm.
No cropping required, and a bit of weekend fun in Lightroom and Photoshop – you have to play around with your images and try new things out. The effect you see is exactly what I was after here. I wanted rich colours, lots of detail and contrast between highlights and shadows, lights and darks.
Commercial work is one thing – personal work is the place to try out new things and possibly create and new look, feel or style?
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