The Interior of the Basilique

date April 26, 2011 location Paris, France comments 14 Comments

This is the Basilique du Sacre-Couer in Paris. Photography is not allowed inside the Basilique, and I had no problem obliging to that rule, until I saw one of those machines where you put a coin and a euro in and turn the crank and it turns your coin into a flattened imprint of the church. You know, these things. After seeing that I thought to myself that whatever disrespect taking a picture inside the church would have on it, it couldn't be any worse than putting one of those machines in there.

As I was processing this shot, I was thinking to myself how this shot could not have been done without all of the expensive tools that I have. As photographers, it's easy to blame a failed photo on not having the right equipment. For example, "I couldn't take that shot because my lens doesn't go wide enough", or "the lighting just wasn't bright enough for my camera's sensor to capture neatly". What's harder, is to take the risk of buying the expensive equipment that you probably can't afford, with the possibility that it won't help you, or you will grow tired of the hobby and you just wasted a lot of money.

This shot could not have been captured with a lower quality sensor than that of my trusty D700 at 1600 ISO. Nor could I have captured this shot if it weren't for my expensive Nikkor 14-24mm super-fast f2.8 lens that allowed me to shoot this in just 1/40th of a second without the need for a tripod. I won't even get started on the cost of all the software that was used to make this image happen. The point is, if you have found a hobby that you love, it's worth the investment, so go out and buy your dream piece of hardware or software even if you don't think you can afford it. You won't regret it!

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Basilique du Sacre-Couer

Posted by Chris Nitz on April 26, 2011 8:28am

This is absolutely amazing!

Posted by Jim Denham on April 26, 2011 9:54am

Stunning image! The stone walls are incredible!

Posted by Jesse Pafundi on April 26, 2011 9:58am

Wow, ISO 1600 on this?? Amazing. That light is beautiful man. Great framing as well.

Posted by Heath O'Fee on April 26, 2011 10:03am


Posted by Scott Ackerman on April 26, 2011 10:17am

I'm going to throw in my 'WOW' as well! Absolutely stunning capture and enjoyed the encouraging words.

Posted by Chris DeAngelis on April 26, 2011 10:31am

Holy cow! That is just unbelievable. I don't understand why places are so aversed to having beautiful photgraphs like THIS taken! Great back story. I need to upgrade my gear...

Posted by ShutterRunner on April 26, 2011 10:32am

Thanks everyone! @Jesse, yup ISO 1600 is correct. The D700 is amazing.

Posted by Brian Furbush on April 26, 2011 10:33am

Matty this is absolutely stunning - the light coming through the window is ridiculous. Great work dude.

Posted by Chris Frailey on April 26, 2011 10:37am


Posted by Curt Fleenor on April 26, 2011 11:33am

This is an incredible shot!

Posted by Ryan Sexton on April 27, 2011 6:44pm

Amazing photo, I cant believe this was at 1600 ISO.

Posted by mkcollins on May 03, 2011 1:48pm

Seen on HDR Spotting, Stunning capture

Posted by Jim Scott on May 04, 2011 3:15pm

Incredible image; Unbelievable color & love the light beams !!!

Posted by WF Baty on June 03, 2011 2:39pm