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Ightfield Church revisited

By salopian
Had the chance and the weather to go back to this fine old church and try again with some of the suggestions from the critique of the previous post in mind. Used a 20-50 kit zoom for this which, according to a review, was sharpest at around f8 (found I had set f9 for some reason !) Got a wider view to include both gateposts as John suggested and included a figure ( not the vicar!). Enhanced the clock as Pamela demonstrated. Also tried a portrait format which I will load as a mod.


Tags: Architecture revisit at Ightfield ch

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salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
31 Mar 2019 6:11PM
Tried to load the portrait shot but reached the one "upload one per day limit" , though I'm sure I paid up for the extended membership?
Also see the exif shows f5.6 not f9 as I posted!


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31 Mar 2019 9:44PM
With 'Plus' membership you are still allowed only one upload per day to any gallery. To upload your portrait shot you need to upload it as a 'modification.'
Click on 'modifications' in the blue box on this screen below and left of your image, immediately above your title, then click on 'upload modification' from the two options that appear. When a white pop-up box appears, select the relevant image from your computer, wait while it loads into the pop-up, then click on 'Add modification' in the blue box at the bottom of the pop-up. Your portrait shot should then appear as a 'modification.'
salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2019 8:11AM
Thanks for the info Alan - mod posted.

banehawi Plus
15 2.1k 4036 Canada
1 Apr 2019 12:53PM
Its looks good, - all the church in the shot.

For me personally its a ;little too cool; though youve deliberately selected a cool white balance, Ive tried a slightly warmer tone in the mod.

Ive also reduced highlight strength a little on the building to get a bit more detail.

I prefer the landscape format.


dudler Plus
16 951 1521 England
1 Apr 2019 7:23PM
Landscape for me, too, and Willie's warmer colours.

I particularly like the way that the time you chose to shoot at gave marvellous shadows on the sides of the porch and tower, and on the East wall: late in the day, you might get similar light all along the south wall, but with deep shadow elsewhere - so this may well be the best time to shoot this particular building. One of the best times, any way...

I'm sure that people who know the church may argue about the very BEST angle to shoot from, but this one works decently to give an overall impression of a church I'd want to explore.

Did you correct the verticals? I learned, a few years back, that it can look most natural to leave a very slight convergence of vertical lines in the frame, rather than correcting 'perfectly'..
pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2019 8:58PM
Well done, Geoff, it's so gratifying to see someone take on board critique and go out again using that advice. And the resulting image is just fine.

I like the landscape format, so that the frame includes the whole of the church, but I especially like the inclusion of the man, the way he is looking at the church, and where you have placed him. I can't help wondering if you enlisted the help of a friend or whether this was pure serendipity. The viewer cannot help but follow the man's gaze and also look up at the church. All in all, the inclusion of the man elevates this image into the "impactful" category.

The light served you well, giving some lovely contrasts and shadows, especially the man's.

I quite like your portrait format, but much prefer the landscape one. In the portrait format, the man stands almost in the entre of the frame, which isn't compositionally pleasing, but his clothing blends in so well with the architecture of the church that he doesn't block our view, so to speak.
Good work with the clock.

I have done a modification where I added canvas to the top so that the highest part doesn't now touch the frame edge. As before, I cloned out the bit of wire across the sky, bottom left. I cropped some off the right side in an effort to place the man more closely to a thirds line, but unsuccessfully, it's opt quite there. I then used Levels to brighten the image. By the way, I chose to use Willie's modification to do my own oneSmile.

There are some strange marks in the sky, in the top left corner. Looks like some cloning gone wrong? Probably just a mistake. Anyway, I removed it.

salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2019 8:27AM
Thanks for the helpful comments and the excellent mods.
Willie - the warmer tone does look better
John - I did correct the verticals and I take your point re leaving in some convergence - I think it would look better.
Pamela - Yes, the man is my neighbour and he took me back to the church. He will be tickled when I tell him he improved the shot!
The addition of space at the top is something I wanted to do but didn't know how, which leads me to the question -how did you do it?
paulbroad Plus
12 131 1285 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2019 8:51AM
Not a bad effort at all. A pictorial record. The general effect is very Kodachrome - blue. So Willies warm up does improve.

pamelajean Plus
13 1.2k 2094 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2019 7:42PM

Quote:The addition of space at the top is something I wanted to do but didn't know how, which leads me to the question - how did you do it?

I use Corel PaintshopPro.
With a plain sky like this, you can add some sky easily.
First, remove your black edge/frame.
Image>Add Borders (to top only, uncheck the rest).
Click on the colour, then on the sky at the top of the frame, OK.
Zoom in close to your "join" and if the colour isn't quite right in some areas (as often happens with skies), I use the Smudge Tool and pull that tone up into my additional canvas. Either that, or use the Clone Tool to do the same job.

It's always harder to explain a process like this than it is to do it, so if I've not explained it well, let me know.

salopian Plus
7 3 28 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2019 11:26AM
Thanks Pamela.

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