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Catedral de Santa María de la Sede

Spain and my Full Frame experience - Part 1

Just back from a holiday in Spain, and my first proper outing with my new Canon EOS 5D. I can't tell you how important I found having a full frame camera was in the many cathedrals and palaces. Not only do wide angle lenses become properly wide, but the zoom range of the lenses make a lot more sense (far less lens changing). I had the 24-105L "kit lens" mounted 90% of the time and only switched to the 17-40L for shots like this one in the Cathedral at Seville, Spain.

And to top it all off, you've got no fear of shooting at high ISO. This was shot at ISO 800, and looks very acceptable even when pixel peeping at 100% (yes, I have a high quality image of this shot at a full 4386x2920 pixels!). Apart from the default amount of chroma reduction done when processing the RAW file for this photo, I've not done any noise reduction to this shot.

With the 5D's large sensor, the dynamic range is also good. After just a little fiddling with the RAW file, you can see some colour and detail in the stained glass despite the tremendously challenging lighting conditions. There's also a fair amount of detail in the dark areas (benches and the lectern to the right). Do note that this is not a composite HDR shot, but just a casual handheld shot taken in a single exposure.

Now a little about the subject - the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede in Seville (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See) is the world's largest cathedral based on the size of it's interior. It sits on the site of what was once an Almohade mosque, still retaining the mosque's Naranjos patio and Giralda tower (minaret). The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it also contains the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Well worth a visit!

Catedral de Santa María de la Sede

Spain and my Full Frame experience - Part 1

Just back from a holiday in Spain, and my first proper outing with my new Canon EOS 5D. I can't tell you how important I found having a full frame camera was in the many cathedrals and palaces. Not only do wide angle lenses become properly wide, but the zoom range of the lenses make a lot more sense (far less lens changing). I had the 24-105L "kit lens" mounted 90% of the time and only switched to the 17-40L for shots like this one in the Cathedral at Seville, Spain.

And to top it all off, you've got no fear of shooting at high ISO. This was shot at ISO 800, and looks very acceptable even when pixel peeping at 100% (yes, I have a high quality image of this shot at a full 4386x2920 pixels!). Apart from the default amount of chroma reduction done when processing the RAW file for this photo, I've not done any noise reduction to this shot.

With the 5D's large sensor, the dynamic range is also good. After just a little fiddling with the RAW file, you can see some colour and detail in the stained glass despite the tremendously challenging lighting conditions. There's also a fair amount of detail in the dark areas (benches and the lectern to the right). Do note that this is not a composite HDR shot, but just a casual handheld shot taken in a single exposure.

Now a little about the subject - the Catedral de Santa María de la Sede in Seville (Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See) is the world's largest cathedral based on the size of it's interior. It sits on the site of what was once an Almohade mosque, still retaining the mosque's Naranjos patio and Giralda tower (minaret). The cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it also contains the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Well worth a visit!

comments (11)

  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 25 Feb 2008, 18:52
frickin' gorgeous...best shot on shutter today...
  • John
  • London
  • 25 Feb 2008, 19:08
Dude, you scare me sometimes with your techie knowledge. I thought you were "out of the loop"?

btw, you lie, this must be an HDR shot tongue

Not bad shot grin
The Maven: Well, photography is like riding a bicycle. Once you know how to shoot, you won't fall off the next time. wink As for the HDR, I did recover about 1 extra stop of dynamic range from the RAW file (as opposed to what JPEG would have captured). So I suppose you could call this a "faux" HDR.
  • Azhar
  • India
  • 25 Feb 2008, 19:31
Stunning.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 25 Feb 2008, 19:33
just read the blurb...u serious?, not and HDR!?...that is handheld photography to the max...
The Maven: Hi Samarth. Thanks for the many comments! The cathedral was shot handheld whilst leaning against a fence - this gave a little more "stability" so 1/10s shutterspeed was still sharp. The image was saved as RAW to squeeze out a little more dynamic range during post-processing. But of course it's still not as good at preserving the highlights as a real HDR.
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K.
  • 25 Feb 2008, 19:38
i know this is the 4th comment im posting (no, im not stupid...just a lack of organisation in my head)...
just saw the shrink image option, liking it a lot because ive wanted a lot of my images to be a bit smaller...
  • Ellie
  • at home
  • 26 Feb 2008, 00:03
I don't think there's anything 'casual' about your photography. Each and every picture you show us has been taken with great care and precision.

This one is astonishing, the detail, the colour - everything is woderful.

It seems as if it isn't quite level though, there's something that makes me want to lean slightly to the right.
The Maven: Thanks for the kind words Ellie. You're absolutely right, there's a slight skew to the photo. I checked the level, but that doesn't seem to be the problem. It's more likely due to not standing perfectly in the center when taking the photo. The wide angle perspective makes it even more noticable than usual. To be honest, apart from going back to reshoot the scene, I'm not sure how to fix.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 26 Feb 2008, 23:01
simply put...i love your work!
Nice nice Duane. Out of interest how did you convert your RAW file? C1Pro or ACR?
fantastic capture Duane !
Great Composition....lovely tones.....
amazing dude....u have some damn artistic pair of hands!!! cheeers

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