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Catedral de Granada


Spain and my Full Frame experience - Part 3

Granada's renaissance styled cathedral was built between 1523 to 1704. Like many such buildings in Spanish Andalusia, the cathedral is built on the site formerly occupied by a mosque. This photo depicts the Capilla Mayor (Main Chapel), whose dome reaches 45m in hight. There are many gypsies in the surrounding area, and one has to be alert and careful. They will force a sprig of Rosemary herbs into your hand - and once you take it, there's no choice but to pay to have your fortune told (alas, the less money you part with, the grimmer your fortune is!). Do not stop, make eye contact or talk to them - you have been warned!

I shot this scene with the Canon EOS 5D using both the 17-40L and the 24-105L. Even while reviewing the images on the 5D's LCD (at maximum zoom), it was clear that the latter is noticable sharper than the 17-40L. However, sharpness is only half the story, and I still prefered the more dramatic sense of perspective that the ultrawide angle brings. This type of scene plays well to the strength of the 5D's full frame sensor - the level of detail is astounding at full 4386x2920 resolution (one can even recognise the biblical stories in the stained glass windows!), but there is a degree of softness in the corners (most evident at the top left and right).

Having said that, another issue that became apparent during this photo shoot was the 24-105L's image stabiliser makes it an extremely versatile lens - with a little care and technique, I was getting away with 1/6s shutterspeed, while the lowest I could handhold on the 17-40L was 1/10s. It's also a far more forgiving lens as the image stabiliser allows you between 2-4 stops buffer should you flout the 1/focal length handshake rule. I would even choose it over it's bigger brother, the more expensive 24-70L, as the extra 70-105 range and image stabiliser really make it such an excellent walk around lens. If you're getting the 5D, I fully recommend getting the 24-105L together with it (kit lens package).

This was shot in RAW format for those who are wondering. A little postprocessing was done to recover a stop's worth of blown highlights (most notably around the four arches in the lower portion of the scene). So this is another faux HDR constructed from only a single exposure.

Catedral de Granada


Spain and my Full Frame experience - Part 3

Granada's renaissance styled cathedral was built between 1523 to 1704. Like many such buildings in Spanish Andalusia, the cathedral is built on the site formerly occupied by a mosque. This photo depicts the Capilla Mayor (Main Chapel), whose dome reaches 45m in hight. There are many gypsies in the surrounding area, and one has to be alert and careful. They will force a sprig of Rosemary herbs into your hand - and once you take it, there's no choice but to pay to have your fortune told (alas, the less money you part with, the grimmer your fortune is!). Do not stop, make eye contact or talk to them - you have been warned!

I shot this scene with the Canon EOS 5D using both the 17-40L and the 24-105L. Even while reviewing the images on the 5D's LCD (at maximum zoom), it was clear that the latter is noticable sharper than the 17-40L. However, sharpness is only half the story, and I still prefered the more dramatic sense of perspective that the ultrawide angle brings. This type of scene plays well to the strength of the 5D's full frame sensor - the level of detail is astounding at full 4386x2920 resolution (one can even recognise the biblical stories in the stained glass windows!), but there is a degree of softness in the corners (most evident at the top left and right).

Having said that, another issue that became apparent during this photo shoot was the 24-105L's image stabiliser makes it an extremely versatile lens - with a little care and technique, I was getting away with 1/6s shutterspeed, while the lowest I could handhold on the 17-40L was 1/10s. It's also a far more forgiving lens as the image stabiliser allows you between 2-4 stops buffer should you flout the 1/focal length handshake rule. I would even choose it over it's bigger brother, the more expensive 24-70L, as the extra 70-105 range and image stabiliser really make it such an excellent walk around lens. If you're getting the 5D, I fully recommend getting the 24-105L together with it (kit lens package).

This was shot in RAW format for those who are wondering. A little postprocessing was done to recover a stop's worth of blown highlights (most notably around the four arches in the lower portion of the scene). So this is another faux HDR constructed from only a single exposure.

comments (20)

Good grief: wehat an AWESOME picture!
A cracking shot, I'm falling over backwards ...
Great shot. Perfect symmetry here. The perspective is really awe inspiring.

As for the 24-105L vs 24-70L debate, I'd still get the 24-70L over the 24-105L any day. But that said I am a fast lens junkie. :p We wouldn't be having this debate if they made a EF-S 17-55 F2.8 IS equivalent for FF and made it an L. Apart from the build quality and difference in sensor resolution, i'd say that lens is overall better on a 1.6x camera than either the 24-105L or 24-70L on a 5D.
The Maven: The DOF at f/4 on full frame is just as thin as f/2.8 on a 1.6x crop. And in terms of speed, you just need to bump the ISO up another stop (noise? no worries!). What we really need to get the best of both worlds is a 24-70L IS! If they can make the 17-55 IS for 1.6x crop, I don't see why not an equivalent for full frame.
Wonderful perspective shot. Great symmetry and colous here! Well done.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 9 Mar 2008, 11:34
well i cant do technical im afraid but i can tell you that is one eye popping image, awesome shot of a fantastic scenesmile
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Mar 2008, 11:58
Awsome indeed, Duane. All gold.
All I can say is welcome to the EOS 5D world.
The Maven: Would be interesting to do an outing to the Zoo / Birdpark. So far I've been shooting in conditions that benefit full frame (indoors, low light). The advantage could well be reversed on the telephoto end, where the pixel density of cropped cameras like the new 450D will reign supreme. It could well be that a 100-400L has insufficient reach.
Wow. Love all the details and the light
Wow ! A great picture indeed : Thumbs up !!
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 9 Mar 2008, 23:43
I use the 24-105 L IS lens as my everyday lens, Duane, on my 400D camera. I totally agree with you about its versatility. If I use only one lens, it's the one!

This image is fantastic!
  • manju
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Mar 2008, 19:51
WOW !!! Such a grandeur ! Nice lighting too !
  • Ellie
  • south coast UK in the rain
  • 10 Mar 2008, 23:55
Absolutely amazing detail, perfect
  • xavi
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 11 Mar 2008, 10:11
una foto gran angular perfecta. GREAT SHOT
  • mick
  • GB
  • 11 Mar 2008, 12:26
Magical shot mate.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 12 Mar 2008, 00:59
likey!!!
Intresting details and awesome picture!
Magnificent!
  • Eva
  • 3 Apr 2008, 00:32
Grandeur! nice shot!
Beautiful in every aspect. Symmetry is perfect. You have managed to portray the detail at every level. I am in awe at the architect, builders and craftsmen who created this wonder and of the photographer too, of course smile.
Very very impressive!

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