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Ightfield Ch.

By salopian
I wanted to capture the impressive stance of this rather fine village church on it's mound, with blue sky contrasting nicely with the grey stonework. I just missed the vicar walking down the path but hadn't the cheek to ask her to do it again !


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banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
16 Mar 2019 3:46PM
I think that gate is lovely, - its an image on its own.

So I prefer the original.

The mod is a touch brighter in the shy, and colour balance a little warmer.

Would have been nice to have the Vicar of Dibley there too!


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JuBarney Plus
8 33 4 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2019 6:52PM
A beautiful gateway, and church, but feel you have chopped off the right hand side which might have enhanced the church.
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
16 Mar 2019 7:00PM
I thought you had spelt the name of the place wrong, Geoff, until I googled for itBlush.

I love that iron arch over the entrance, with its central lamp, and I'm surprised there were two white roses there in February. So, I think you did right by including it in your image. Also, you have positioned it so that it doesn't overlap the cross, but rather frames it.

The open gate is an invitation to the viewer to venture up to the church, and the colour of the gate is eye-catching, the place for the eye to start from.

Here's an idea. I don't know how agile you are, but I thought it would be wonderful to get down really low and frame the whole of the church underneath the gate arch. I don't want you to feel that you haven't done an excellent job taking this picture, but I wanted to illustrate my idea, and found THIS . If you live nearby, you might set yourself a challenge?

I have done a modification where I used Levels to add a touch more contrast to try to get the archway to stand out a bit better from the church. I also removed the wire in the sky, above the wall, bottom left. I felt that the clock had suffered from the strong light so I boosted its colour and detail.

I like the angle you used to capture the church. Also, by choosing a low angle, you have added a bit of creativity to your shot. I don't know if you straightened the church walls, but they look nice and straight. No converging verticals.
The centre line of the tower and the edge of the wall on the left both sit nicely on a thirds line, and that cross sits right in the centre of the frame, to capture the viewer's attention. Very satisfying.

What a shame about the vicar not being in the shot. That would have looked great!


dudler Plus
16 948 1521 England
16 Mar 2019 7:41PM
Neat framing, and I'd just like to see a fraction more of the gatepost on the right - have it all in frame, like the post on the left. I'd like to see all of the base of each post, a sound foundation for a picture of a lovely church on a beautiful sunny day.

salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2019 4:02PM
As usual some very good advice and helpful comments -thanks.
Pamela - I did straighten the converging verticals. They are quite noticeable on the link you posted and they look fine in that image. I could get down to try a similar viewpoint , the difficulty would be getting up again! I like the mod and am very interested in how you improved the clock so much - it is, in fact, very bleached by the sun over the years but you have rejuvenated it. The vicar was a pleasant lady and told us to have a look inside as she had left it open for us and I was tempted to request her presence in the shot, but decided not to push my luck. I did take some shots inside, but I don't think they are quite sharp enough to post in the critique gallery, not quite sure why.
Willie - the mod improves the shot and I have adjusted the original in the same way - The Vicar of Dibley is a great thought !
John - I take your point re the gateposts - I'm disappointed I didn't get all the plaque in as it is there in the memory of Brigadier Field which is my surname too - no relation as far as I know.
Ju - yes I agree but would need a wider angle lens to get it all in
dudler Plus
16 948 1521 England
17 Mar 2019 5:57PM
By the way - your alternative version is also good: I think I'd crop a bit, and might try monochrome. Timeless...
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
17 Mar 2019 7:42PM
Both are perfectly good pictorial record images which do a job. Not too sure about your settings though? In such bright light I would have been at ISO100, and a lower shutter speed.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2019 8:45PM

Quote:I am very interested in how you improved the clock

I use Corel PaintshopPro.
I zoomed in very close to the clock, used Freehand Selection around the clock to select it, then used Levels to deepen the colour and contrast (moving the left and middle sliders quite a lot to the right). Selections>Select None. Done.
salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
20 Mar 2019 7:51AM
Thanks Pamela, I'll have a go at that.

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