St. Patrick's Cathedral, NYC

The view of the inside of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City as shot from the last pew.  Taken during my trip there on Thursday 2-21-2013.  The cathedral was completed in 1878 and dedicated on May 25, 1879.  It is currently in the first phase of a planned $177 million, three year long renovation to make extensive repairs to the structure.

Shot with the Nikon D7000 and Sigma 10-20mm lens @ 11mm.  Aperture priority mode F8, ISO 400, spot metering, exposure bracketed for one set of three frames with 2 stop variance (-2, 0, +2 EV range).  Because St. Patrick's has a very strict "no tripod" policy, I mounted the camera on a Gorillapod which I wrapped around the back of the pew in front of me.  Shutter triggered with Nikon infrared remote.  Tone map post processing and B&W conversion of the exposure brackets done with NIK HDR Efex Pro 2.  Further processing done in Photoshop CS5.