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'The door was open!' - Chapel at Newstead Abbey

By Pollyjc
The doors were open from within the cloisters which, provided some lighting to the foreground of the shot, the inside was pretty grim and with the wide angle lens I was having difficulty trying to get it lit in the pictures' background, (not used this lens much), couldn't open up any further than f5.6 & had 2/3 EV, 1/6sec, ISO 640 handheld.

Downloaded to Lightroom & the image was really dark so I used the highlights to tone down the white out of the window & to show the details, exposure & clarity.

What could I have done different with this lens?

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11 5.3k 128 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2015 2:13PM
Considering you captured this image with a 1/6th sec exposure handheld the finished result is quite superb. For future ventures you might consider bumping up your ISO this will allow allowed you to increase your shutter speed, however on the reverse side you will experience digital noise. This in itself is not too much of a problem as it can be fixed using Lightroom or Photoshop. Alternatively Keep your ISO low, use a Tripod and use a much smaller aperture of f/22 or lower if possible. Obviously your exposure time is going to be increased significantly so you might consider using your Bulb Setting on your camera.

I hope this makes sense.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
Pollyjc Junior Member 8 5 England
1 Apr 2015 2:28PM
Thanks Nathan & yes it does makes sense!!Grin

Polly Smile
banehawi Plus
18 2.7k 4315 Canada
1 Apr 2015 2:28PM
I think youve done better than most getting a reasonably steady shot at 1/6th sec!

You ask what you could have done different with that lens? That implies there could be a challenge specific to that lens and other than distortion, and the limit to max aperture, its really nothing lens specific you could do differently. The usual tripod, reduce ISO, would apply to any lens.

I think, looking at you exif, there may be tweaks in post processing that would be possible.

As an example, you used a cloudy wb setting, so think about reducing the colour temp down from 6,000k to reduce yellow; apply some more sharpening; work some more on that window, - use the dodge too to get that glow down a bit more.

I have uploaded a mod with this done.


PranavMishra 10 52 18 India
1 Apr 2015 3:30PM
lovely capture..
Pollyjc Junior Member 8 5 England
1 Apr 2015 3:43PM
Thanks Willie!

I like the mod & will have a go at rejigging later. Will have to use the lens more often too.

pablophotographer 11 2.0k 429
1 Apr 2015 5:07PM
I would propose you try to ''see'' the picture in black and white. You would be surprised on how it would look if you convert it.
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
2 Apr 2015 8:39AM
Not sure about including the doors at all. They do suggest entry, but also obscure half the detail. In general you have done very well to get such a sharp image. I use a 10/20 Sigma for such images and would not dream of shooting without a tripod or the camera placed on a flat surface. Delayed action timer then used to release shutter.

Actually about 30mm. The 10 mm, 15 on your Nikon, would add distortion drama.

Did you intend cloudy WB? I always leave cameras set to auto most things when not in use. Thus, if I take a quick shot, there is a very good chance of a good result. Given time, I can then set manual values, but what was the right setting here?

Daylight? Tungsten? Florescent?

Pollyjc Junior Member 8 5 England
2 Apr 2015 11:14AM
Thanks to all for the critiques & mod & veery useful advice!

Like the B&W mod, not sure who sent that but looks good!

Hi Paul

Re doors: couldn't open further either stuck or something stopping them from being moved, there was also a cord across, so no further entry. Did manage to get another shot with a little less door & bit more detail but not as interesting & a little camera shake too.
Was experimenting by not using the tripod & upping the ISO to help out with the shake, (I should know better)

Yes cloudy WB was intentional as the Auto wasn't having any of it.

tonyguitar 10 77 37 Canada
28 May 2015 6:57AM
I suspect you leaned against the door frame or something for this pleasing result. I would have leaned in any case and used f/8 or f/11 sweet spot. An ISO of 800 is very easy on noise in the Nik D7K . You are not far from this ball park zone here and the richly hued result is one of your best. I think your personality is cheery and you prefer a ' brighter' image. TG

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