Cathedral of Saint Vissarion
The Cathedral of Saint Vissarion in Smolyan.
An architectural study emphasizing symmetrical aspects of the Cathedral.
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This was a completely unplanned photo.
I had never been to Smolyan before and had no idea that the second largest cathedral in Bulgarian was there.
Now I love architectural photography because there are so many ways of creating great photos from one building.
Of course, lighting is crucial.
For this photo I had to wait an hour or two in the late afternoon until the shadows seemed right for my composition.
I was not looking for exact mirror image symmetry as that would be completely static.
I kept an eye on the cloud formations as I wanted to have some cloud in the picture to break up the blue sky.
When the elements were in place I went some distance away and took this shot hand held with my Canon 75-300 IS zoom.
I did have a tripod with me but it was not possible to get the exact angle I wanted without handholding.
Luckily I was able to use one of the lamposts in the courtyard as my monopod.
I used the long end of the zoom to ‘stack’ the different elements and reduce distortion.
The light was good but I kept a careful eye on my histogram to make sure that the clouds or reflection would not burn out.
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