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Arches of St. Patrick



New York City's St. Patrick turns light and beauty into reality.

New York City's St. Patrick turns light and beauty into reality.
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Behind The Lens

Location
St Patrick's Cathedral in New York City; after the major 3-year restoration and cleaning of the building that has been recently completed.
Time
It was a sunny Sunday around 1 PM, in between masses, when people can freely move around the church, seat for contemplation and prayer.
Lighting
I wanted to capture the majestic gothic ceiling of this 137-year-old cathedral that after the restoration can be fully appreciated. The many nuances of the clear stones are mostly seen when the building is fully exposed to day light, and the sun on its peak is the ideal time for it.
Equipment
This was shot, hand held, on a Canon PowerShotG15, 6.1-30.5 mm lens, 1/30 sec at f/1.8
Inspiration
I have always been attracted by gothic interiors. They seem to turn stones into feathers, and make minds wonder on beauty, mostly because they let the light be on its best. I wanted to transmit this mystery… and seating below St Patrick's ceiling, among its columns, I found the exact combination of stones and light that would do it.
Editing
I usually shoot on raw, but by accident I shoot this time on jpeg. Therefore, post-processing was limited to the basics in Lightroom, and the addition of a couple of NIK filters for detail extraction and pro-contrast (Color Efex Pro).
In my camera bag
I usually carry a Nikon D7000 with 18-300mm lens, and a Canon Powershot G15, which is what I mostly use for street photography.
Feedback
Ask yourself what is that attracts you the most in a building. Is there a small detail or the overall scene, the light or the shadows? Then, position yourself in the midst of it, and try to feel it first before framing.

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