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By salopian
Interesting detail from local Church. Wondered how the builders managed to cantilever this Gargoyle out from the tower, in addition to creating the detail in the surrounding stonework. I only had my 50mm lens with me so this is quite a severe crop but still shows the rather "dog next door look" on the head - I thought gargoyles were supposed to be frightening!
Really wondered if this is sharp enough or should I go back with a longer lens?
I used levels and some USM in PS.


Tags: Architecture Detail Gargoyles

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dudler Plus
16 948 1521 England
9 Mar 2019 11:37AM
It's not wonderfully sharp, but that may be a function of the wider aperture and a touch of focus error... However, reading between hte lines, it may be a big pull up from part of the frame, in which case, yes. Go back with a telephoto!

I'd also either go for the reversed 'L' shape and crop so that the gargoyle lies across the bottom of the frame, or include more tower on hte right. There's an awkward amount of negative space here, I reckon.

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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
9 Mar 2019 1:42PM
The very close crop makes the ISO noise very visible, and cropping has the effect of zooming in digitally, affecting the pixel density, which affects the sense of sharpness.

So a longer lens.
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2019 8:53AM
Ideally a longer lens, but you needed to be on the sweet spot of the lens to get the best results. F8 I would think. I see no real reason for your settings?

salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
15 Mar 2019 10:56AM
Sorry to be so late in response to your comments, which basically confirm my own thoughts - should have used a longer lens! I had been out in the local town trying some candid shots and the compact 50mm lens was less obvious for this work. Noticed the fine detail on this church on the way home and used the gear that I had with me.
Thanks for looking and commenting.
dudler Plus
16 948 1521 England
15 Mar 2019 11:28AM
The old adage on technical issues - 'f/8. And BE THERE!'

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