The Interior of the Basilique

date April 26, 2011 location Paris, France

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