Unfortunately, at the time, there was a huge amount of construction on it. Itís unfortunate for photographers but ultimately the finished cathedral will be even more magnificent than it is now. There were an unbelievable number of cranes above it, as you can see in the Before image, but those were easy to clone out in Photoshop. The crane and the scaffolding on the left side in front of the architecture were the real challenges.
I used a Canon 1Ds Mark II and a 16-35mm wide-angle zoom set to 30mm. My exposure data was f/7.1 at 1.3 seconds and 200 ISO. I used a tripod, of course. Note how dynamic the graduated blue sky is compared to what a black sky would have looked like. This is what makes the difference between an average photo and one that makes a photo buyer want to use the image.
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About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Jim Zuckerman
In 1970, I decided to abort my intended career as a doctor in favor of photography and have never regretted it. Photography has enriched my life more than I can tell you. My career has taken me to over 60 countries, and I've seen and photographed wondrous things.
For 25 years, I shot a medium format camera, specifically the Mamiya RZ 67, for its superior quality. When I would lecture, Iíd project the large, glass mounted transparencies, and it was really an incredible experience to see the brilliant color saturation and resolution of these slides. However, I went digital in 2004 because the technology finally equaled or surpassed medium format. I now shoot the Canon 1Ds Mark II digital camera with a variety of lenses.
I am the author of 12 books on photography. My work is sold in 30 countries around the world, and my images have appeared on scores of magazine and book covers, calendars, posters, national ads, trade ads, brochures, and corporate promotions.
For many years I've led photography tours to exotic places. These include Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Burma, Greece, The Czech Republic and Slovakia, Spain, Morocco, and Peru.