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Interesno, v ruskite cyrkvi moje da se snima (samo bez tripod, no pyk mojelo s gorillapod s glava) i eto rezultata :-)
 
Saint Petersburg  Russian Federation

Record Mosaics in Church

This is a special place,the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood contains over 7500 square metres of mosaics according to its restorers, more than any other church in the world.

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I was at the same place in July 2011 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jp_photo_online/5922800428 and tried to photograph this magnificent ceiling. I wasn’t all too happy with the result then but was now better prepared for the challenge ahead and trying again. So what were the obstacles to overcome? First of all equipment: Tripods not allowed so I took a gorillapod with a ball head on top. When you spread the three legs out to the maximum, you can position the camera on the floor, with a small ball-head (Manfrotto 492 mini) helping to point the camera upward. Then the lens: you need a wide angle lens and the Samyang 14mm was ready for the task. Also I am now full frame with the canon 5DIII which helps a bit to keep it wide.

The next thing I learned from my previous visit was that if it was sunny, you really had problems with harsh shadows and beams of light (blown out areas) even using HDR with taking bracketed exposures. So I waited (luckily I was in St. Petersburg for a few days) for the right moment when the sky was overcast but with bright light, the clouds making a big soft-box over the church.

So all prepared, position the camera as best as possible, put the manual focus on infinity, used ‘live view’ so the mirror was up, set bracketed exposure, -2,0,+2 aperture priority (5.6) for a reasonable safe focus plane and used the infrared remote (RC-6) to keep the camera still.

In post processing I had to remove a piece of rope barrier that unfortunately couldn’t be avoided, but as the image is quite symmetric I selected an area on the right, put it on it’s own layer, flipped horizontal and then placed over the problem area using free transform. Used a mask to paint out a nice soft edge and take out the unneeded bits. Further used ‘spicify’ filter from Topaz but turn down opacity of that layer down to 30% so it stays natural. Further used Nik Color Efex Pro, Film Efex, modern, Kodak, Ektachrome 64 pro to give a saturated and warm effect.  Back in Lightroom for sharpening, Vignette and the final Crop.


Photo details: (HDR +2,0,-2) Exposure 1/8 sec at f/  (ISO 125), Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a  lens at mm. 

Photo by: Iwillbehomesoon. Image license Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0).
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Открихме велосезон 2013 с едни лежерни 85км :)
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Hate him less, now :)
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Не беше лоша година (като изключим времето), но за 2015 ще се постарая повече :)
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Тази година съм намислил един Белмекен, но за да е по-завързано през Ярема и Боровец и обратно по същия път. Ако сме здрави де. И други мазохистични идеи имам. :)))
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