La Pala di Veit Stoss è la più grande pala d’altare gotica del mondo. Fu costruita nel XV secolo dallo scultore bavarese Veit Stoss e ha una lunga storia. Per secoli si trovava nella Basilica di Santa Maria a Cracovia (Kościół Mariacki) fino a quando i nazisti la portarono a Norimberga durante la seconda guerra mondiale. Fortunatamente, la pala d’altare sopravvisse alla guerra, fu restaurata e spedita di nuovo a Cracovia. Oggi si può vedere nel suo posto originale, nell’estremità orientale della Basilica di Santa Maria.
Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 10mm
Exposures: 3 (-2, 0, +2)
Exposure time (middle): 1/30s
Size: 14.7 MPx
Date: Taken in November 2013
Software: Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro
Workflow: As you cannot simply take a tripod to the St. Mary’s Basilica, I had to use a higher ISO setting. With ISO 800 it was only just possible to capture all exposures handheld but of course it increased the noise.
And even more disturbing are the distortions that you get without a tripod when you take the photo even just slightly asymmetric while using a wide-angle lens. Therefore I had to manually correct that a lot on the computer until I was satisfied with it. After that it was just a matter of finding the right balance between adding structure without adding too much noise to the photo.
The Altarpiece of Veit Stoss is part of the UNESCO World Heritage
The Altarpiece of Veit Stoss, the St. Mary’s Basilica and the whole Historic Centre of Kraków are part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1978. Together they’ve been among the first 12 inscribed World Heritage Sites.
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