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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken in the Vatican in the late afternoon. I really liked the way the light hit the Stairway and found an angle which highlights its great symetric forms.
This was shot during the late afternoon, shortly before the Vatican closed its doors. I chose this time because the lighting was at its best, as well as because most people had already left, making it easier to get the result I wanted.
The lighting consists of a mixture of the natural sunlight coming through the glass window in the ceiling, as well as from the small lamps on the Walla of the Stairway.
I used my camera (Canon 7D), as well as a tripod.
I wanted to shoot this great Stairway in a way and light that shows its symetric forms, using its leading lines to lead the viewers focus to the statue at the bottom.
I used the technique of photo stacking, meaning that i shot several images of the same motive from the same angle and then stacked them together in Photoshop to one image. This allowed me to get ridd of the few remaining people in the image, as well as getting the image sharp from top to bottom.
In my camera bag
I have my camera, a 18mm lens, a 35mm lens and a 50mm lens, a tripod, a ND filter and a gradient filter, as I really enjoy shooting Landscapes the most.
Shooting a photo like this takes patience, as there will always be alot of people/tourist on locations like this. That is why I reccommend the photo stacking technique, as the result is much cleaner without people in the frame (allthough a person could of course produce an additional interesting element, especially in streetview Photography). Alternativelly, one could use a long exposure in combination with a ND filter, which would also produce an image free of people.

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