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Notre Dame

By Herrero
This is a detail of the front, Notre Dame. They have built a big platform in front of the church, which give photos a completely new perspective. I'm working a little with editing.

Thanks for looking! Critique and comments very welcome!


Tags: Architecture Landscape and travel

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17 Feb 2013 11:48AM
Wonderful carving beautifully captured.


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Mrsbass 5 2 1 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 11:52AM
Fantastic image very well captured.
DOGSBODY 9 1.4k 30 England
17 Feb 2013 12:57PM
This kind of photography seems to be a little out of favour at the moment which is a great pity as it is important to record this type of subject for future generations. Who knows if they will still be around in years to come. Your image is well composed and taken in good light for this type of picture. Andy
Herrero 5 24 Germany
17 Feb 2013 1:36PM
Thank you Phil and Mrsbass! Smile
Herrero 5 24 Germany
17 Feb 2013 1:41PM
Thank you Andy! Oh yes, hope they'll still be around for a looong time! It's such a pleasure, just walking around in your fantastic European cities! We've got great things in South America too (that's where I come from), but the world would be missing a lot without your cities Smile
ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
17 Feb 2013 2:03PM
This is a nice image and I think with some adjustment it can be made a bit more interesting. As this is the critique gallery I will give you my opinion on what can be done, I have loaded a mod to demonstrate.

For me you have some of the carving on the right which contributes little to the image as I assume the subject are the 4 carved figures in the fore ground so I have cropped slightly tighter to remove the excess portion. This crop also places the decapitated head at about the lower third of the image making it more pleasing and falling into the rule of thirds guidelines.

I have also used a levels adjustment to straighten the shadows and highlights to increase the contrast and bring out more of the carved detail and finally I have given the saturation a very small increase to add some glow to the stone work.

Overall a very nice image and I hope you find my adjustments helpful and effective.

Eric Grin
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3890 Canada
17 Feb 2013 2:15PM
Its a nicely detailed shot Renee. Its great you had the opportunity.

Its fine as it is. If you want, its a little underexposed, about a full stop, so you can brighten it and you can sharpen it a little more when uploading.

Ive uploaded a mod with exposure corrected, and applied a little sharpening. Ive tilted it a little counter clock-wise, I cant tell if its straight as theres no reference, I just had the impression they were leaning over a little to the right.


Herrero 5 24 Germany
17 Feb 2013 4:00PM
Hi Eric, Thank you! Smile Smile Smile

Thank you for taking the time for preparing another version and commenting so thoroughly. I had heard of the rule of thirds but not really knew what it's about, so now I'll be working on it! Also your adjustments of highlights, shadows and saturation make the picture a lot more interesting!

I'm definitely learning a lot with you people Smile Smile Smile

Regards, Renée
Herrero 5 24 Germany
17 Feb 2013 5:13PM
Hi Willie!

Thank you so much for taking the time to upload modifications and for your advice, I had sharpened and tilted it, but clearly not enough! Need to work a lot on editing.

As I told Eric before, I'm really glad to be here and to learn so much from you Smile

Regards! Renée
paulbroad 10 123 1249 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 6:11PM
Fine architectural record. Slight under exposure actually makes the gold of the stone richer, so I would leave it as is. Sharp and composed as well as such things can be. Assume you used a tripod or some support looking at the EXIF.

Herrero 5 24 Germany
17 Feb 2013 6:52PM
Hi Paul,

Thanks for your comments Smile

No, I have not tripod, but there was a rail where I could support my elbows Smile

Regards! Renée
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2022 United Kingdom
17 Feb 2013 7:49PM
You've had some good advice above, Renee, so I just wanted to say that the tilt was obvious as soon as I saw your picture, and so I have done a modification with no other editing except for using Perspective Correction to straighten the verticals and help the figures to stand up straight.
Herrero 5 24 Germany
17 Feb 2013 8:16PM
Hi Pamela!

Thank you too! Yes, I really appreciate the great advice I've got!

Regards! Renée
iancrowson Plus
8 211 146 United Kingdom
18 Feb 2013 1:01PM
Good one. Nobody photoshopped his head back on.
Philo 8 99 83 England
18 Feb 2013 3:17PM
Some good advice and mods already provided so I thought I would try something slightly different and offer a more contrasty mod that brings out the texture. This won't be to everyone's taste but does offer an alternative.
With a bit of straightening your original is really good with some lovely lighting.
Herrero 5 24 Germany
18 Feb 2013 8:02PM

Quote: Nobody photoshopped his head back on.

Nor beheaded the other three ... Smile Smile Smile

Thanks Ian,

Herrero 5 24 Germany
18 Feb 2013 8:09PM
Hi Phil! I find your version quite interesting, it's amazing how their faces look harder.

Thank you for your comments too Smile


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