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Old Sep 16, 2010, 5:08 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
been a while … the beginning of a new academic year is always hectic so sorry for not being active.

This is a set of images at rather high iso (for a k20d) I took some weeks back, with my sigma 10-20mm.

In Brussels we have a justice court that has the name ‘palace of justice’/'palais de justice’/'justitiepaleis’.

They have been restoring that building for as long as I can remember and I never had a reason to visit.
So a few weeks while strolling through Brussels I decided to take a closer look.

I’m not going to bother you with the front view with the scaffoldings but the side view was clear of building equipment.


Then you walk up from the left side and you find that it even looks larger close up.
(iso 800 – 10mm)


Couldn’t help to walk up and take a look back.
(iso 1100 – 11mm)


And forward
(iso 560 – 10mm)


The main entrance is the green door on the left side. (rather small)
(iso200 – 10mm)


Then just go in to the main hall.
(iso 3200 – pushed 1 stop – 10mm)


Went up some stairs to get a better view.
(iso 3200 – pushed 1 stop – 15mm)


And just look to the other side.
(a rectilinear panaroma of 7 shots at 10mm iso2200 pushed 2 stops)


All the while I was hoping the high iso’s would be usable, if the k-5 that’s coming is as good with high iso’s as the k-x is now it’s going to be very hard not to upgrade.

Hope you enjoyed the walk, any C&C is always welcome.

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Old Sep 16, 2010, 7:13 PM   #2
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Ronny, these are wonderful photos. At some point I want to get a super-wide angle lens, and your photos make it clear that the Sigma 10-20 should be on my list.
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yes indeed, ive been wanting the 10-20 to join my 24-60 which im extremely happy with. these images just make me want to get it even sooner. Very nice shots of a beautiful building here. Num one is my favorite, however I cant help but think Id enjoy the shot more if u cropped the cars out of the bottom, they are distracting to the beauty of the buildinng for me.

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A lovely building, Ronnie. Your processing is excellent, did a very good job of dealing with the noise but retaining enough detail to show off a beautiful building.

I agree with you - if the K5 is as low noise as the Kx and will have as good dynamic range, it will be hard to pass up (given the funds, which mine are pretty low right now). But as you've shown, even with a camera that's not the greatest as far as low-noise goes, you can still produce good pictures.
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Ronny, these are wonderful photos. At some point I want to get a super-wide angle lens, and your photos make it clear that the Sigma 10-20 should be on my list.
Thanks mtnman, I never regretted getting that lens.
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yes indeed, ive been wanting the 10-20 to join my 24-60 which im extremely happy with. these images just make me want to get it even sooner. Very nice shots of a beautiful building here. Num one is my favorite, however I cant help but think Id enjoy the shot more if u cropped the cars out of the bottom, they are distracting to the beauty of the buildinng for me.

thanks for sharing
Thanks NMRecording, I already said that I never regretted getting this lens, anywhere I go (unless it's specific to get some macro shots) I take this lens with me.

I know what you mean about the cars but, cutting them of would leave the building floating and that doesn't really work anymore. I'm slowly learning to keep the cars in front, nobody wants them in a shot but they are everywhere.
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A lovely building, Ronnie. Your processing is excellent, did a very good job of dealing with the noise but retaining enough detail to show off a beautiful building.

I agree with you - if the K5 is as low noise as the Kx and will have as good dynamic range, it will be hard to pass up (given the funds, which mine are pretty low right now). But as you've shown, even with a camera that's not the greatest as far as low-noise goes, you can still produce good pictures.
Thanks Harriet,

I waited a bit before getting the k7 and when I was planning to get it the k-x appeared and left me with a big problem. Really like the functionality of the k7 and the high iso's of the K-x.
If the k7 would have had the same sensor as the k-x I would have gotten it straight away. Now the K-5 looks like it's going to be this so I'm just waiting.
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Ronny, That is what I call a really fantastic piece of architecture!
And the photos aren't bad either.
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I loved the tour Ronny - fabulous old building, beautifully restored, superbly captured.

I spent a few very happy months in my misspent youth (oh Veronique, wherefore art thou now) many many years ago, living in Brussels (behind Place d'Louise) and it's a wonderful city for tourists to visit.
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Ronny, nice shots of a beautiful building. The 10-20mm is a fantastic lens for architectural photos. Were you using a tripod or did you hand hold for these shots?

I am also surprised by the small number of people in the building. Here in the States our justice buildings are overwhelmed and usually bustling with people. Yours looks more like a museum.

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