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PostPosted: Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:52 am 
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Hi folks,


I've been sightseeing! The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul has been on my list for quite a while and was well worth the visit despite the interior having a great deal of scaffolding in place for renovation work. Constructed in the sixth century, at a time when England was forgetting all that the Romans had taught it, this was the patriarchal basilica which served the emperors of the East Roman empire right the way through to their final defeat in 1453. At that time it was converted into a mosque.

This shot was a challenge, not least because of the lighting but also because of the crowds, and was shot at -1.7 EV to try and retain the detail in the stained glass. As a result the interior looked almost black on the unprocessed RAW image but DxO Optics Pro did a remarkable job pulling in the shadow detail recorded by my E-M1 and cleaning up any noise. Final tweaks were done in Photoshop CS6. The full-size (and unsharpened) image is lurking behind the image above if you click on it...


Camera Model: E-M1
Lens: OLYMPUS M.12-40mm F2.8
Image Date: 2014-07-29 09:01:14 +0100
Focal Length: 17mm (35mm equivalent: 34mm)
Focus Distance: 5m
Aperture: f/2.8
Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250)
ISO equiv: 200
Exposure Bias: -1.70 EV
Exposure: aperture priority (semi-auto)
White Balance: Manual
Copyright: © Bob Andersson

Olympus OM-D E-M1 + M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8, Lumix 7-14mm f/4, Leica DG Summilux 15mm f/1.7 ASPH, M.Zuiko Digital 45mm 1:1.8, M.Zuiko Digital ED 75mm 1:1.8.
Leica D Vario-Elmar 14mm-150mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ASPH.
OM-D E-M5, H-PS14042E, Gitzo GT1541T, Arca-Swiss Z1 DP ball-head.
Astrophotography: TEC 140 'scope, FLI ML16803 camera, ASA DDM60 Pro mount.

PostPosted: Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:31 am 

Joined: Sat Sep 12, 2009 2:03 am
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Location: Gold Coast Australia
I think you captured the details really good Bob, the contrast makes this type of shots difficult. I love the old architecture and art in the UK and Europe. When I was in Rome I could not pass a church without going in, I was amazed by the architecture and artwork, even the scruffy looking ones on the outside were amazing inside. Unfortunately here there’s nothing to old.


Nikon D7000, Nikkor 80 - 400G, Nikkor 18- 200 VR II, f3.5-5.6.

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