M. Arfan Asif, APSA, MPSA  

Duomo di Milano by M. Arfan Asif, APSA, MPSA

January 2022 - Duomo di Milano

January 2022 - M. Arfan Asif, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

The Milan Cathedral with its Gothic architecture was a delight to photograph. Those 52 soaring columns, 45 stained glass panels and many fine details are a sight to behold. I placed myself at the centre to ensure good symmetry. There was a barricade post on which I rested the camera as tripods are not allowed. I pulled the barricade post to be right in the center. It was like a round ball on the top to rest the camera cushioned with my hand. Still a good support as the shutter speed was low even with high ISO. I needed to get the details in. One of the staff saw me doing it and understood my intention. Therefore he did not object. The ISO was still high at 1600. The color capture was not having the impact due to low lighting within the Cathedral. Specs: Canon 5D Mk2, F4, 1/20 at 24mm. Simple conversion in Adobe Photoshop using adjustment - Black and White and fine tuning the levels for adequate contrast and tonality. Your comments.

5 comments posted

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Quite dramatic. The angle of the camera shooting over the tops of the seats provides strong leading lines into the alter. Lots of texture and detail.

I would like more at the top, feels like I am missing something.   Posted: 01/13/2022 16:31:07

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Your B/W image is sure superior to the original. I love doing this king of photography and I usually take a different approach and try and not get directly in the center of the isle to get a stronger one point perspective going down to the front of the church, but I like what you did. You could consider fixing the columns and pull them straight in transform.

Glad you were able to do this and find a spot to rest your camera. I assume that you did the adjustment in ACR in PS. That was all that was needed. Bravo! Jerry   Posted: 01/15/2022 06:37:48

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
That is a beautiful Cathedral and I would love to shot this one, I am one for the symmetry shots as that is what the Cathedrals are all about and shows them off to their best. I do hope you took lots of images and did this one as a portrait as well so we get the roof as well.
With this image I have to say I like the people as they give the scale of the place, but I would have sorted the vehicles as they are leaning in places. I also thing this is a lacking a touch of contrast, specially if you look at the originals. The walls could carry a touch more depth to them. I think this would help those amazing details to stand out a touch more.   Posted: 01/16/2022 06:40:16

Larry Crook   Larry Crook
Very nice image - the people really help and the symmetry is wonderful. This is really sharp for not using a tripod, You might try adding more contrast and structure - it's a matter of your preference.   Posted: 01/16/2022 15:43:19

Vincent Cochain   Vincent Cochain
I really like this kind of images and wish to take such pictures in Belgium when I will have (take) the time.
I like your angle of view. Well done. I am surprised to have all this content with a 24 mm. I bought a 12-24 mm last year for such pictures. Incredible, even if sometimes it is too wide (I take another camera).
To have the ceiling the picture has to be taken in portrait, this is then a completely different image. A solution is to take 2 of 3 images in vertical and to assemble them (attention to the deformation) to make a great and very beautiful picture.
I find this one already great and beautiful. A little more contrast could help but will give another atmosphere.   Posted: 01/19/2022 07:50:04


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