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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.

Camera:Canon EOS 450D
Lens:EF-S 18-55mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Lyndon Church
Username:Jon_Briggs Jon_Briggs
Uploaded:20 Jul 2008 - 10:30 AM
Tags:Architecture, Church, General, Glass, Jug, Landscape / travel, Lyndon, Rutland, Stain, Window
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redstag e2 Member 9100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2008 - 10:34 AM

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.
Jon

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Paintman e2 Member 8902 forum postsPaintman vcard United Kingdom174 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2008 - 1:34 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

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.

Regards, Alan.

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Jon_Briggs
Jon_Briggs e2 Member 6Jon_Briggs vcard United Kingdom
21 Jul 2008 - 11:07 AM

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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