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gayegee
 
gayegee September 24, 2014
Can I ask what technique you use to create this painted/drawing technique. Is it done in photoshop? Is it a plug in?
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TheoShilton September 29, 2014
Hey sorry for the late reply. Its tonemapping with HDR software! :)
hwishnick PRO+
 
hwishnick October 11, 2014
Outstanding shot. Fisheye or round building? Either way, a real stopper
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TheoShilton March 25, 2015
Both hwishnick! And Thank you!
elainelvis
 
elainelvis March 24, 2015
where was that taken ?
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TheoShilton March 25, 2015
Hey Elaine this was shot in the dome at the top of the Reichstag in Berlin.
jul
 
jul April 19, 2018
Exuberant!

Behind The Lens

Location
This shot was taken in the dome at the top of the Reichstag in Berlin, Germany.
Time
I got really lucky shooting on this day. I headed into the Reichstag at around 4.30pm around 45 minutes before the sunset. I spent a good half an our going around finding different angles in the light and working out some areas for the sunset. The spot I shot from on the first level of the spiral walkway which allowed me to get the spiral staircase, the glass ceiling of the dome and the mirrored support structure in the middle. I was also lucky enough to capture some of the orange of the sunset both fro the sky and the reflections of the central column.
Lighting
I used natural light for this shot it was perfect for atmosphere and I avoided flash as it would have bounced off some of the many reflective surfaces in the dome.
Equipment
I shot this image handheld using a Nikon D7000 and an 8mm fish eye lens.
Inspiration
I cam specifically to photograph the dome of the Reichstag. I had seen some images online and being an architecture lover I couldn't pass up the opportunity. Once I got into the dome itself it was easy to see why photographers would love it. Lots of detail, great symmetry and a futuristic look the to the dome are all appealing reasons to shoot it.
Editing
I used Photomatix Pro a great HDR software to blend 3 Raw images with an exposure value of -2, 0 and +2 and applied the painterly style format to the finish. I then tonemapped the image in Photomatix, increasing the tone compression, sharpness, saturation and contrast before importing the image into Lightroom. In lightroom I increased the clarity and sharpness whilst applying a small bit of noise reduction to reduce the grain.
In my camera bag
As I like to be prepared for any eventuality I carry nearly all of my gear with me at all times. The body I currently shoot with is a Nikon D7000 which is always set to shoot raw files. Because of this I carry two 32gb memory cards to make sure I am covered for any eventuality. This is probably a bit excessive for storage but there is nothing worse than running out of space when you are shooting. I have a variety of lenses that I carry, most at all times and some only on specific occasions. My main kit consists of an 18-300mm Nikon lens which is almost always attached to my camera. I really like the versatility in this lens especially when shooting street scenes and people shots. It really allows me to be flexible when on the move. Secondly I have a 10-20mm sigma lens that I use almost exclusively for architecture. This is a great lens for interior and exterior shots and rarely leaves me wanting when trying to capture large buildings in small spaces. I also carry a 24mm tilt shift lens for correcting converging verticals architectural shots. I don't not find this lens as flexible as the 10-20mm as you need to be a fair distance from your subject to fit everything in. However when shooting professional architectural images it can be an invaluable asset to have. Also I am admittedly a bit of a fish eye enthusiast. I currently have 3 fish eye lenses, one circular and 2 diagonal. The circular is set at a 4.5mm focal length and is mainly used for street images and architectural shot using a floor to sky perspective (this just composes of my lying on the ground and shooting straight up much to the confusion of passers by). The diagonal lenses are set at 8mm for the first lens and 6.5mm for the second. The 8mm is the go to lens when I cannot fit a structure within the viewfinder of my 10-20mm lens and the 6.5mm is an extreme back up to the 8mm. These are ideal for any interior based architectural work. Finally I have a 150-500mm Sigma lens that I use for wildlife photography. Due to the weight and size of this lens I only ever carry it when on a specific trip to capture animals. The flexibility with the focal length of this lens makes it the perfect partner when shooting wildlife where you have no control of your subject or surroundings.
Feedback
Have a number of wide angle lenses if you are trying to capture architectural based images. I carry a 10-20mm Sigma lens, an 8mm fish eye lens, and a 6.5mm fish eye lens. The combination of these three lenses for me means I am covered for any large spaces I wish to capture especially interiors such as this where your space and viewpoint is limited.

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