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11/52 - St. Paul's Cathedral | by A.J. Pye
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11/52 - St. Paul's Cathedral

I've dipped into the archives for this one. Amid the illness, business etc. that's been slowing my "one-a-week" resolution, I also have to admit that part of the problem is that I've run out of finished images worth uploading for the time being, and I haven't been too motivated lately to get any more ready.


I took this shot of the globally-famous St. Paul's Cathedral from the rather excellently named "Knightrider Court". There were these steps everywhere and I spent a while trying different compositions using the steps. I have two that worked pretty well, and although initially (6 months ago!) I preferred the other, I now agree with everyone that's seen both that this one is better.


Ironically, when I shot this I was going through a similar "uninspired" phase with my photography, and this trip (which I ran for my University's photography society) actually helped rekindle my love of photography. Fingers crossed that's just around the corner again...


The shot:

- Canon EOS 400D/Digital Rebel XTi

- Sigma 10-20mm f/4.5-5.6 EX DC HSM @ 17mm

- 30 seconds @ f/20, ISO100, Manual mode

- Manfrotto 190XPROB tripod with Giottos MH-5001 3-way head



- Exposure and WB adjustments in Adobe Camera Raw

- Perspective correction with the Transform tool

- Cloned some (a lot!) of chewing gum patches off the foreground

- Gradient Map Soft Light layer for contrast

- Selective Levels and Curves for colour and contrast

- High Pass layer in Soft Light mode for local contrast

- Local contrast boost with USM on L channel

- Resized and selectively sharpened with USM on L channel

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Taken on October 29, 2009