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Restoration II

By James_C
Hi everyone,

Thanks for all your kind c+c on my past efforts.

Here is another offering from the restoration of the Lady Chapel in Chichester Cathedral. Here one of the craftsmen is applying a cleaning agent to one of the windows. Clever stuff - it sets like a thin rubber film and when lifted off takes the dirt wth it without damaging the stonework. I hope you like it

I'm experimenting this time with a different method of reducing for uploading and I would be interested to know if you can detect a difference.

Thanks very much,


Tags: Photo journalism General Architecture

Voters: Briwooly, EAS, Kloid and 21 more


EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
24 Jul 2009 1:40PM
Have to say I couldn't tell. Did rather wonder why both were exactly the same until I read your comment. Sounds like a wonderful way of restoring ancient stonework too.


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24 Jul 2009 2:52PM
Head for heights bugger that feel faint thinking of being up there
cjl47 11 5 3 England
24 Jul 2009 5:03PM
Good shot, well done
pablo69 11 201 6 England
24 Jul 2009 8:19PM
cldnt see the difference
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2009 8:27PM
Thanks for your comments and feedback. As always - much appreciated.

For your information v1 was resized for uploading useing the export facility in Picasa 3 and v2 was resized using PS 4.0 LE. The file size with Picasa is 340kb Smile and the file size with PS is 572kb Sad

James Smile
Mynett 11 142 6 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2009 9:21AM
well I can see no difference in the two on the laptop which is not the best res.... but from the above looks like if any it is too slight to detect.

I love the shot and the very interesting writeup, well done

Linda Wink
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2009 9:24AM
Thanks Linda. The general reaction means that I know which method I shall be using in the future.

25 Jul 2009 10:06AM
No visible difference, James. Great picture and POV. Whar a wonderful job, to restore stained glass windows or their surrounds.
25 Jul 2009 11:29AM
excellent detailed image james,well done.ray
Dave_Holdham 10 4 1 Wales
25 Jul 2009 11:37AM
Same here, i could'nt see a difference, interesting shot and write up though
susanbarton 11 11 1 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2009 6:09PM
Lovely clear shot and nice warm tones, could not spot the difference!

mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2112 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2009 6:28PM
V2 is very slightly lighter, the difference is only really noticeable in the stonework top left and in the workman's head and back - and even there it's very subtle; but I definitely prefer V1, it has that tiny bit more depth. Good shot either way, in tricky conditions (and not just the light!).
taggart Plus
15 47 14 United States
26 Jul 2009 1:23AM
V2 appears to have richer colors---

Very interesting how they restore the stone work!
PeterDSmith 11 13 46 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2009 10:44AM
The highlights in the stained glass windows are blown out. Perhaps, if you were to have taken the photogaph before he had cleaned the windows, the highlights would have retained some dirty details. However, that said, the main subject is the craftsman; I don't know how you could have photographed him without overexposing the windows. HDR, perhaps?

To me, the focus on the craftman's head looks a little soft. But then my bespectacled eyes are more than fifty years old. And my laptop is only slightly younger. Maybe, a little sharpening?

I like the composition of the photograph. It is clear who the main subject is; my attention is drawn straight to him, expecially as he has been labelled 'St Blaise'. The relationship between the main subject and his setting is also clear; he is pointing to it with his tool. The setting also points back to the main subject; the curves of the arch above the window lead back to St Blaise.

PS: Not surprisingly, I can see no difference between the two versions.
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
26 Jul 2009 4:40PM
Many thanks everyone for your very helpful c+c.Smile

"To me, the focus on the craftman's head looks a little soft. But then my bespectacled eyes are more than fifty years old. And my laptop is only slightly younger. Maybe, a little sharpening?"

I take your point here Peter and yes you are right about the focus. Unfortunately with my camera I cannot choose what it wants to focus on - or if I can I haven't found out how yet. Sad

James Smile
photophantom 11 108 3 Philippines
26 Jul 2009 9:22PM
well composed clear image

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