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Copyright: Danilo Martinez (cunejo200) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2556 W: 83 N: 4926] (20188)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-11-30
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 10-20mm / F 4-5,6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/8 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-01-30 3:47
Viewed: 2166
Points: 88
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
No, this is not a jailhouse. But it does look like the interior of a prison, as first thought by my 11-year old nephew after viewing the photo.

This is the National Building Museum. It is located between 4th and 5th Streets in Wash. D.C. The building is the biggest brick building in the world. It was built using 7.5 million bricks, and if these bricks were connected linearly, it would stretch from Washington D.C. to Salt Lake City in Utah. The Museum's Corinthian columns are among the largest in the world measuring 75 ft. (23 m) tall and 8 ft. (2.4 m) in diameter.

Handheld. ISO was raised to 3200 to compensate for low light and to test how the cam would handle a high ISO setting. I expect to get a few comments regarding distortion. PP work included noise reduction and contrast/exposure adjustment. After posting and viewing this on a high-res monitor, I still see some noise. Oh well...

Exposure Time - 1/8 sec
F-Stop - f/14.0
ISO Speed - 3200
Focal Length - 18 mm
Date Taken - 2008-11-30 14:48
Metering Mode - Pattern

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To linus: noise reduction techniquecunejo200 1 01-31 13:13
To Teresat: perspective in adobe photoshopcunejo200 2 01-31 09:21
To bri: problem using the Sigma wideanglecunejo200 1 01-30 05:09
To TasmaniaC: Thanks Alaettincunejo200 2 01-30 04:47
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Very CG-like!

Hello Danilo,
Great graphism and perspective. Wonderful interor shot anfd using of light
Selahattin E

Hola Danilo,

Wow, what a superb HDR like shot with perfect details!

I love the colors of the floor here and the pillars standing tall in this marvelous architecture. A superb work, captured with perfect details, nice sharpness and from a breathtaking POV.

Very well done, my friend!

best regards,

Hi Danilo, beautiful building and a great point of view, there seem to be a little bit of symmetry and noise issue though. I've prepared a ws hope you don't mind, thanks


Hi Danilo,
it does look like a jail in the thumbnail, you got me hahaha...
But in the big image, once we see the 4 columns and the fountain pond, things change :)
The high ISO is evident in the noise of the dark spots, but that´s not a problem, the shot has an overall great lighting and good composition thanks to the POV and the 18mm focal length.
The tilt could be arranged in pp easily.


Hello Danilo!
Excellent the interior of the National Museum!
Great colours, good detail!
Well done!
Best regards!

Hola Danilo! Wonderful museum. Amazing columns, excellent arches. Good POV and capture. Perfect exposure. Ideal contrast and sharpness. Superb work. Good note. Well done!

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-01-30 4:40]

Hi Danilo...
Beautiful shot with nice perspective...
Nice details, colors...

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  • psyce Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 265 W: 25 N: 207] (2856)
  • [2010-01-30 4:46]

what a skill... hand held on 1/8 seconds? your hands are like tripods! love your POV Dan! your vantage point also added to the photo!pp is just right... well done and Ingats

Hello Danilo

Wonderful perspective, the pov is so clever.
Beautiful HDR work, superb result.
Fantastic architecture . I like these strong colors.
Bravo !

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2010-01-30 4:49]

Well, nice jail !
Love the warm colours on the lower side vs.grey upper side


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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2010-01-30 4:55]
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Hi Danilo,
Excellent shot inside this building, the perspective does look a bit off and Tasmainia has done a good workshop but it still seems a little off - I am not criticising in any way as it looks as if you were central with the shot and the roof is straight with the border but the floor is skewed somehow - do you think it is a lens problem using the Sigma wideangle? The shot is excellent with good DoF and vibrant colours especially in the columns. Best wishes

Hello dear Danilo!

Nice shot of this beautiful architecture in vivid colors and details. Nice sharpness and contrasts with beautiful textures nicely defined. Good DOF with good focus till eyes goes.

TFS, indeed nice shot!

Have a good weekend,
Best Regards,

What an amazing building this is!! Fantastic perspective from up there - the colors in there are really lovely.
Quite grainy and also tilted .. but I see Tasmania has done a workshop and addressed those issues.
Nice one ... have a great weeekend Danilo

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2010-01-30 5:38]

Hi Danilo,

This is an amazing piece of architecture and you've done a superb job given the lighting. The high POV and symmetrical view are wonderful. Yeah, there's a little noise, but who cares!

Have a nice weekend.


hi there,

excellent capture, exposure, pov n dof all spot on.


Hi, Danilo. great POV of this awesome structure. The ISO increase really helped since the lighting in this hall is poor.good perspective and colors. Cheers and TFS.

Ciao Danilo, great view of strange arcitecture, splendid perspective, wonderful light, your nephew is right, really seems a jailhouse:), very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

This building es realy impressive, Danilo, so big, such mighty architecture, I like this shot, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-01-30 7:25]

Hello Danilo! What a great architectural shot! Impressive building, great pov and technically good! Very interresting note too. Have a great weekend!


Veruy good point of view and great pp work, dear Danilo.
Lovely colors and good sharpness. Well done as usual. TFS!

Best regards,
Bruno Santana

PS - I did a WS and hope you will like it :o)

Beautiful light and colors .
Wonderful photos.
Regards Zoran

Boa tarde Danilo
A fantastic perspective of this powerful lines architecture. The title is very cool. I like architecture very much and you make very good perspectives of inner architecture- there is a little noise that not rouble the quality of it is important in this photo. The perspective and lines is easely correct in photoshop.
(Instead of fixed ratio , you choose perspective in adobe photoshop). There is fantastic lines here. Thanks for showing.
You have a wonderful eye.
Have a good WE dear Danilo
Um abraço

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-01-30 8:34]

Hi Danilo,
This is an amazing indoor capture of this 'jailhouse' museum!
A nice architectural structure with great symmetrical perspective!
Good use of available lighting and an ineresting POV.
Beautiful marble columns which give an elite appearance to this National Building Museum.
Very sharp presentation despite the ISO 3200.
Very neat work!
Best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • kanton Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 5 N: 1570] (6756)
  • [2010-01-30 10:45]

Hello Danilo!
Impressive building with beautiful architecture!Perfect lighting,colours
and high pov!Great perspective!excellent work!
Regards and tfs

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2010-01-30 11:08]

Hi Danilo,

Excellent one point perspective composition.
Tack sharp details. Very good metering and delivery of colors.
Galing sir!


Hi Danilo,

This look like some painting hanging on wall which you shot it :)very well controlled with this hand held shot while boosting its iso to 3200,I see that D300 doesn't have good low light photography as compare with its rival canon 50D,but D700 is much more better in high iso,this shot has a great DOF,with nice POV,beautiful framing with nice Architectural composition,good details but with noise which is not your flaw and I think if you could use lens with bigger apertures of like 1.2 to 2.8 would have given you more better result noise wise but the wide angle plays very good role here,well done.

Have a nice w/e,
Mushtaq Hussain

Hi,only a bureaucratic mind would criticize this shot.The contrast in the colors is fantastic excellent perspective and sharpness.Greetings Otto.

Hi Danilo,
What an amazing architectural shot vith great point of view.Good symmetry and perspective.TFS.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-01-30 13:50]

Hi Danilo

Also looks a little like a Roman bathhouse, with those massive, marble columns. And yes, it also looks like a (very upmarket) prison. Good sharpness & high pov. Tfs!

Hi Danilo,
WoW! great architecture and details.
wanderful place and great colors and light,
nice perpective and contrast.
very well done.

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  • HienVy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 369 W: 18 N: 697] (4273)
  • [2010-01-30 20:21]

Hi Danilo
It's a great architectural photo. Very good POV, light, colors and sharpness.
Here in Houston we are not allowed to take pictures in museums.
I am so glad that you share it with us. Thanks.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-01-31 1:08]


Fantastique intérieur, quelle vue, une maîtrise parfaite des lumières, ces immenses colonnes avec le sol rouge, le petit personnages qui donnent l'échelle, une merveille.

Bravo et amitié


Hi Danilo!
Excellent POV and fantastic perspective,wonderful interior,a fine colours and light,perfect sharpness.

Hello, Danilo -
I have come back to this photo several times. I think it is fantastic, although there is something going on with the perspective that bothers me; the top is perfectly aligned with the horizon while the bottom is not, although it appears your POV is from the precise center. Regardless, fantastic architectural features here with wonderful scale and interesting colors. It's a great post.

Hi Danilo
good capture of the big hall.
great repetitions on both sides.
marvelous marble columns, well composed.
the figures are perfect for scale.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2010-01-31 6:44]
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Hi Danilo,
For such a high ISO setting. This is pretty good. What is the noise reduction technique you used here?

Hola Danilo
Una gran imagen como siempre bien cuidada y de gran calidad , bella carcel con unas impresionantes columnas y arquitectura , buena nitidez luz y encuadre , felicidades por esta buena composicion
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Hello my friend,

Excellent presented interior of the National Museum.
Great POV, sharpness and colors.
The DOF is fantastic.
Yes, there is noise, which mostly is noticed on the gray walls, but I like this photo.

Best regards,

The wide angle lens dives incredible depth of field, I have the Tokina 12-24 and am enjoying the challenges of WA.
This is nice and a wonderful building, wonderful colours.

Great photo inspite of the problems that others have commented on.

Hello Danilo,

Fantastic shot, colors, light!
Excellent perspective! Great work!
Congratulations and TFS

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2010-02-01 14:34]

Hi Danilo,
excellent architecture with those huge columns. Very interesting way.
However a picture beautiful, congratulations.
The best of Germany,

Excellent work Dan on handheld shooting of this superb interior. Noise are tolerable, just enough details and colors with great point of view.

Ciao Danilo,

The view is fabulous in all that you introduced me,
Now, the Corinthian columns are my treats, as
I find them wonderful, in your forms, your colors
and end up in the details.
The location is fabulous, it's like I was seeing
a part of Rome.
Good perspective through the choice of your angle.
These picture is very nice.
Congratulations my friend ...


Magnificet shot!
Interesting architecture!
Eexcellent pp work, stunning effect.

HI Danilo..nice photo...great tones and colors. Nice work.


Olá Danilo

Esta foto é espetacular pela sua composição
imponente, ricos detalhes e cores atraentes.
Parabéns pelo belo trabalho!

Hello Danilo,

I was going to say, "That's one of the most beautiful prisons I've ever seen!" I can see in a way how you could see it as a prison with its stacks of floors and interesting perspective, but nahhhh! Not a prison! :O)

Nice work!


wow very nice perspective good details very good interiors.


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