This week we’ll be covering the Sanctuary of Truth for the second time in our photo outing section.  This is a fantastic place to shoot and is worthy of being covered several more times in the future.

The lens used for all the photos in this section is the Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG, and all images were captured handheld.  During workshops of this attraction we routinely use a tripod for the best support, especially on the interior, because most people have lenses starting in the F2.8-F4 range.  At those apertures the tripod is recommended outdoors and an absolute necessity indoors.  With this F1.8 lens I was able to shoot the interiors handheld at ISO 100 at F2, and the exteriors handheld at ISO 100 and F8-11.  Talk about freedom!

20mm F11, ISO 100, 1/100th

The lens used for all the photos in this section is the Sigma 20mm F1.8 EX DG, and all images were captured handheld.  During workshops of this attraction we routinely use a tripod for the best support, especially on the interior, because most people have lenses starting in the F2.8-F4 range.  At those apertures the tripod is recommended outdoors and an absolute necessity indoors.  With this F1.8 lens I was able to shoot the interiors handheld at ISO 100 at F2, and the exteriors handheld at ISO 100 and F8-11.  Talk about freedom!

As you can see the lens is very sharp and contrasty and easily captures the abundance of detail of the different exterior views.  Full size crops reveal enough detail to identify termites!

20mm F8, ISO 100, 1/250th

As you can see the lens is very sharp and contrasty and easily captures the abundance of detail of the different exterior views.  Full size crops reveal enough detail to identify termites!

The staircases leading into the temple are extraordinary.   The compositional possibilities are nearly limitless.  I love the curves of the banisters and the view from this angle.  No wood is painted or stained.  This makes the ‘reddish’ looking wooden figure at the apex of the staircase even more interesting.

20mm F8, ISO 100, 1/60th

The staircases leading into the temple are extraordinary.   The compositional possibilities are nearly limitless.  I love the curves of the banisters and the view from this angle.  No wood is painted or stained.  This makes the ‘reddish’ looking wooden figure at the apex of the staircase even more interesting.

Perhaps the biggest challenge when photographing the interior is achieving enough dynamic range to properly exposure the outside scenes seen through the various apertures of the structure, while still allowing for some detail and dimension on the inside.  Search for stray rays of sunlight that might not be obvious at first glance, or even with your eyes at their current exposure (pupil openings).

20mm F8, ISO 100, 1/125th

Perhaps the biggest challenge when photographing the interior is achieving enough dynamic range to properly exposure the outside scenes seen through the various apertures of the structure, while still allowing for some detail and dimension on the inside.  Search for stray rays of sunlight that might not be obvious at first glance, or even with your eyes at their current exposure (pupil openings).

Everyone is required to wear a hardhat because the Sanctuary is always under construction.  This makes photography a bit difficult at times.  Here, a client is seen in the corner with his tripod mounted DSLR taking a series of exposures to process later as an HDR image.  Again, the goal here is to capture a wide enough dynamic range to reveal detail inside the temple while making the light a major component of the composition.  With a F2.8-4 lens HDR is almost mandatory for the low ISO range where you’ll get the most quality and detail (ISO 100-400).  Using the Sigma 20mm F1.8 I captured this at ISO 100 F2 handheld.  So what if the shutter speed was 1/15th.. at 20mm and with careful bracing you can pull it off!

20mm F2, ISO 100, 1/25th

Everyone is required to wear a hardhat because the Sanctuary is always under construction.  This makes photography a bit difficult at times.  Here, a client is seen in the corner with his tripod mounted DSLR taking a series of exposures to process later as an HDR image.  Again, the goal here is to capture a wide enough dynamic range to reveal detail inside the temple while making the light a major component of the composition.  With a F2.8-4 lens HDR is almost mandatory for the low ISO range where you’ll get the most quality and detail (ISO 100-400).  Using the Sigma 20mm F1.8 I captured this at ISO 100 F2 handheld.  So what if the shutter speed was 1/15th.. at 20mm and with careful bracing you can pull it off!

This is the sort of shot I was really after.  Many curves, many focal points, tons of detail, and beautiful lighting throughout

20mm F2, ISO 100, 1/15th

This is the sort of shot I was really after.  Many curves, many focal points, tons of detail, and beautiful lighting throughout.

Another fun photo opportunity.  The light coming in the windows to the left accent all the support pillars lending a great depth to the image which shows the vastness of the interior.  20mm F1.8 ISO 100.

20mm F2, ISO 100, 1/80th

Another fun photo opportunity.  The light coming in the windows to the left accent all the support pillars lending a great depth to the image which shows the vastness of the interior.  20mm F1.8 ISO 100.

Another great view.  This wouldn’t be a decent image without the rays of light on the floor extending towards the front of the frame.  Without them the image would be really dull.

20mm F2, ISO 100, 1/20th

Another great view.  This wouldn’t be a decent image without the rays of light on the floor extending towards the front of the frame.  Without them the image would be really dull.

I love this image printed on a 20x24” sheet.  The light plays from so many angles and the detail on the ceiling is the central point of the image.

20mm F2.8, ISO 100, 1/25th

I love this image printed on a 20x24” sheet.  The light plays from so many angles and the detail on the ceiling is the central point of the image.

Some people think this stuff is easy.  It often requires getting dirty as you capture a perspective most photographers wouldn’t think to cover.  Actually, I suggested this perspective to a client and when he was done taking the picture he had to turn over and pump out 20 pushups.. ;o)

20mm F2, ISO 100, 1/13th

Some people think this stuff is easy.  It often requires getting dirty as you capture a perspective most photographers wouldn’t think to cover.  Actually, I suggested this perspective to a client and when he was done taking the picture he had to turn over and pump out 20 pushups.. ;o)

Directional light, the food of gods.. Such an interesting composition with the red&white striped crowd control rope extending down the scene.

20mm F2, ISO 100, 1/25th

Directional light, the food of gods.. Such an interesting composition with the red&white striped crowd control rope extending down the scene.