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After being given some new directions whilst out on a walk near Rutland Water, came accross this lovely church in a small village called Lyndon.
Sun was shining nicely through the windows and noticed this scene of still life set up for me.
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I would straighten the central part of the window frame, I understand that the sill would no longer be level but, I think it would make more sense.
I like the image for its simplicity.
I used the crop tool and checked the perspective box. You can use this to make converging lines parallel. There is also a need for the lens correction tool to straighten the curvature created by the lens distortion. I didn't use this tool in this case as I wanted to keep it simple.
I then adjusted the image using the shadows and highlight tool to show more detail in the darker areas. Levels and curves were next, not much needed there. I increased the saturation a bit and reduced the sat. of the yellows as they became too strong and had to be balanced with the rest of the image.
Finally, smart sharpen and save to web.
I think the dynamic range of this subject is too great for the camera to deal with. The lights are generally blown out. To deal with this in future you could take two or more photos ( on a tripod ) at different exposure settings ( shutter speeds ) so the lights are exposed correctly in one image and the shadows in the other. Then combine the two images in PS so you get the image looking balanced with detail in both the highlights and shadows.
Thank you very much for your input, greatly appreciated.
I'm no wizz at Photoshop and am free to admit it is my main weak point.
With regard to the blowing of the white area's that are in the sun, I don't find them particularly off putting because it is obvious that it's the sun shining on a white washed wall, so is going to be very bright.
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