Cathedral Interior (Warning: No HDR!)

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Luckypenguin, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. I've been in more than a few older churches, cathedrals, mosques, and temples around the world but I have never ventured inside one at home. After seeing some images on flickr of a cathedral that I have walked past countless times, I made a point of going inside to take a look (BTW, I've found that searching for images of your home city/town on flickr to be a great source of ideas for photographic material). This particular Cathedral is St John's in Brisbane and began construction in 1906. It is apparently constructed in a mixture of "French and English Victorian Gothic Revival" styles. The interior is all sandstone.

    All images were taken handheld with an E-PL1 + 20mm f1.7 (brilliant lens for this application) except for #16 (GH1 + 9-18mm f4-5.6) and #17 (Canon 50D + 17-55mm f2.8), processed in Silver Efex, Color Efex, or both. Some images include some "structure" or "tonal contrast" (in Nik-speak) for definition but no actual HDR.

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  2. Bizzarrini

    Bizzarrini Mu-43 Regular

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    All I can say is: WOW! Really nice images!
     
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  3. ripleys baby

    ripleys baby Straw clutcher

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    I can see i will have to start going to church !
     
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  4. Mellow

    Mellow Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 27, 2010
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    Tom
    LOL I almost posted the exact same thing!

    IMO they look much, much better without HDR. Fabulous.

    Did you use a tripod? If not, what shutter speed?
     
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  5. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Great shots! Very nice.
     
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  6. Cheers, thanks for looking.

    Just went back through the exif data. Shutter speeds ranged between 1/8 and 1/60 sec; manageable at that focal length without a tripod, although I would would have been holding my breath at 1/8! ISOs were between 200 and 800.
     
  7. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Wow Nic you went nuts there ... very very nice ... the tones in the B&W's make the image look more like an etching than a photo. Well done!

    G
     
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  8. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
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    Luke
    Holy sh!t. (whoops)

    Incredible collection. I like #5 and #16 best, but it is a really great batch.
     
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  9. DHart

    DHart Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 7, 2010
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    Don
    Wonderful images, Nic!
     
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  10. JCD

    JCD Mu-43 Veteran

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    Gorgeous shots, well done :bravo-009:

    And congratulations to EPL1 too: as usual it does not matter what you shoot with, but who is behind the camera...
     
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  11. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Very nice..much preferred to HDR. I like the B&W shots in particular. Really makes the shapes and textures jump.
     
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  12. Thank you very much!

    I should say re: my tongue-in-cheek "No HDR" comment, that I've seen some incredible church/cathedral interiors using HDR, it's just not something I've ever pursued myself. #2 actually comes across with that kind of HDR look but I didn't do anything specifically different to that particular image. And the E-PL1, while it may lack some of the high ISO polish of the newer models, in the 200-800 range that I used here I haven't seen a lot of evidence to show that it lags significantly behind. Operationally it can cause some frustrations: for instance changing the exposure compensation is a button-pressing chore compared to flicking a control wheel. I'm seeing an E-PL2 in my future eventually, but I'm still very happy with the E-PL1 at the moment.
     
  13. John M Flores

    John M Flores Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 7, 2011
    Somerville, NJ
    excellent, Nic. Excellent.
     
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  14. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

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    Patrick
    Wonderful images, Nic!

    It's amazing how you preserved all the details of the ceiling and the stained glass in shot #4! Very nice indeed!
     
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  15. jim_khoo

    jim_khoo Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 9, 2010
    Kuala Lumpur
    hmmmmm.... what more can i say?

    stunning! Well done, Nic.
     
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  16. zpuskas

    zpuskas Mu-43 Veteran

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    The B&W images are particularly stunning! Thanks!
     
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  17. Nice set! Tough to pick a most favorite. 1,12 or 15 or 8... 11....
     
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  18. s0nus

    s0nus Mu-43 Veteran

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    Awesome shots. I agree with you completely when it comes to the 20mm in those types of situations.

    17 is by far my favorite - this one held me for a while, as I kept noticing little details. Beautifully framed and composed.
    7 is a similar shot, and probably my 2nd favorite of the set.
     
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  19. avidone

    avidone Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Great pics Nic! Especially like the one with focus on the open book. On the others, nice that you got High Dynamic Range without resorting to "HDR"
     
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  20. Cheers everyone. Believe it or not there's still a few more images that I've been working through, but I figure that I've pretty much reached my limit of gothic arches and christian symbology in this thread.