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Mafra Basilica has many elements that turns one of the most amazing building of its time, one of them are the organs. The basilica has six organs but each of th...
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Mafra Basilica has many elements that turns one of the most amazing building of its time, one of them are the organs. The basilica has six organs but each of them plays a different sound from the others. They have been restored to a few years and it is a unique experience to hear them play at the same time.
Different perspective of the basilica at south side of transept, in the composition two organs pointing up for towards the center of the vaulted ceiling.
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irishrose1958
 
irishrose1958 April 24, 2018
Gorgeous capture beautiful
irishrose1958
 
irishrose1958 April 24, 2018
These are the shots that I love! Thinking outside the box
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Rafaphoto April 24, 2018
Great perspective
garymintz PRO
 
garymintz August 01, 2018
absolutely stunning and mesmerizing, great shot
PhillipJGordonPhotography
 
PhillipJGordonPhotography September 20, 2018
Superb!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This shot as been taken at the south transept of Mafra Basilica, the biggest and most complex building of the 18th century in Portugal.
Time
This photo was taken mid-afternoon.
Lighting
It was a cloudy day with no good light outdoors. Despite this is an 3 century old basilica and the poor light condition i have taken the opportunity to explore some new wide angles during my visit.
Equipment
I have used my Canon 5D MK III with an EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM lens, no other equipment was involved.
Inspiration
Mafra Basilica is one of my favourite monuments because of the proximity of my house, and for being the largest and most complex baroque building in Portugal. It was the first time that i visited this place since i bought my Ef 16-35 F4 Canon lens, and i wanted to take some wide angle shots that emphasize the symmetry and magnificence of the architecture inside the building.
Editing
I have used some post-processing adding colour saturation, need to use the lens correction to remove the 16mm lens distortion and have straight lines, adjusted the shadows and the highlights, add clarity mainly at the centre of the photo and on the organs, to finish i gave a bit of vignetting on edge of the frame. These changes allowed to emphasize the organs and architectonic lines pulling the viewer's eyes to the centre of the image.
In my camera bag
For this day i bring only my Canon 5D MK III with an EF 24-105mm F4 and an EF 16-35mm F4 lens. Normally i bring more gear such as my Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary, Lee Filters and an Manfrotto BeFree tripod.
Feedback
Revisiting an already known place its always an good experience, because the light, the weather and even our own vision of the place changes with time, and we will discover something new. When i visit a monument like this i always try to explore different angles and techniques, in this particular case i used the natural distortion effect of the 16mm lens to emphasize the vertical lines that pulls the viewer eyes to the centre of the frame.

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