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I visited the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York for the first time just before the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Standing at the bottom of the towers and peering straight up at their seemingly endless climb had a distinctly nauseating effect -- so I laid on a bench to steady myself and peered up for a few minutes to absorb their majesty.

You can't help but want to try to capture a scene like that with a camera. But architectural photography is deceptively hard. Just as with a portrait or an action shot, you're looking to visualize not just what you see with your eyes but also what you feel in your heart and soul.

Maybe that's just a lot of artistic puffery and noodle-brained nonsense, but I don't think so. Just as our biggest, most elaborate and most gorgeous constructions awe and inspire us, so, too, can the pictures we make of them.

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