Night Photography: Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris

Travel photography, for all that entails, is my favorite type of photography. There is nothing that beats the excitement of seeing a new place, new people, new sites that re-ignites my inspiration for photography.

Travel photography for Paris, known as the city of lights, would not be complete with some night shots. During our vacation to Paris in May 2014, I ventured out to take this night shot of the Notre Dame Cathedral.

A 5-second exposure without using a tripod!

Traveling without a tripod, I managed to take a 5-second long exposure. Read on to see how I managed to steady the camera and set my exposure to achieve the starbursts light effect without a starburst filter.

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Street photography: France

Street photography is still relatively new and foreign to me. Because it is so in-your-subject’s face, I can’t really bring myself to do it often. And do it comfortably.

This first photo is obviously not on the street at all. Rather, it is behind a clock face on the inside of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

Leisure time

equipment: Nikon D600 and Nikon AF-S 14-24 f/2.8 lens
exposure 1/160 sec, f/5.6, iso 1000, 18mm
post processing: fill light 40, saturation +20, vignetting -10

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Biltmore Hotel

We visited the famous Biltmore Hotel in Coral Cables, Florida during our weekend vacation to South Florida last month.

Biltmore hotel

Biltmore hotel. Nikon D600 with Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ f/9, 1/200 sec, iso 400, 14mm. Lightroom post processing: exposure +0.33, fill light +60, vibrance +10, saturation +10.

We arrived late in the day for a quick self-guided tour. It was about an hour prior to sunset. The clouds were low in the horizon, acting as a light diffuser for the low setting sun and providing the soft, low contrast lighting for these architecture shots.

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Project 30: Practicing Your Photography Skills Everyday

I just completed my first Project 30, where I practice my photography daily and choose one photo to post on my Project blog. I have heard of this exercise from other photographers, and I was finally inspired enough to start it when I came across this Click It Up A Notch blog post. I know it would be a challenge to shoot everyday, but my work/life balance is finally starting to level out so I thought I should just give it a try.

Lake Eola

Lake Eola, Orlando, Florida

What is has taught me? Plenty…

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Architecture: Sacred Heart Cathedral

One of the nice photographic discoveries I made this year was Sacred Heart Catholic Church in neighboring Tampa, Florida. It is a beautiful cathedral right in the heart of downtown Tampa. Albeit small, it has much of fine ornamental features and intricate details for which much larger cathedrals are famous.

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Taken with Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/500 sec, f/8, iso 200.

Christmas decorations still adorned the altar and rest of the cathedral in early January.

View of altar and cupola. Nikon D600 and Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G AF-S lens @ 14mm focal length, 1/160 sec, f/8, iso 2000, handheld.

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