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Winchester Cathedral

By ghibby  
Shot this over the weekend at Winchester Cathedral

It was difficult to get the shot with so few people so I had to wait for the crowds to thin out before taking the frame. No tripods allowed so I had to keep as steady as possible to keep sharpness at 1/15 sec. The light was quite soft as it was overcast at the time this was not in line with what I was hoping for in this image, namely shafts of light piercing through from the upper windows to the right of the image throwing the left wall into strong contrasty light with the right in shadows.
None the less this did allow a more detailed image to be captured allowing plenty of scope for Photoshop work.

I processed the RAW as full colour with the BW conversion via channel mixer to bring out maximum detail and contrast in the image. I used a serried of dodge an burn layers to being out details in the seating to the left and right of the image and also the left and right facades. A curves adjustment layer was used to bring out more contrast in the stone columns, separate layers for the left and right and a third one for the altar. A final curves layer was used to enhance the texture of the stone floor.
Following this I used the free transform tool to correct for the small degree of converging verticals and restore perspective balance to my image. Once flattened I used an edge sharpening technique to sharpen without increasing the noise levels, giving me a very clean and highly detailed image.

Exposure 1/15 sec @ F6.3 and 14mm focal length

Tags: Church Architecture Religious Black and white Worship Winchester cathedral

Voters: Shane136, Badgerfred, Joline and 8 more

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Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
8 May 2007 1:18PM
Wonderful in black and white. It must be difficult getting a shot with no people. This is beautiful.

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PLCimagery 11 77 1 England
8 May 2007 1:21PM
Nice result. Why were no tripods allowed?? Been here several times and never had a problem using a tripod!
8 May 2007 1:22PM
Excellent image, like it very much.
jamescoates 11 44 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 1:29PM
Considering it was handheld this is a great shot, great detail.
KevinMW 11 14 Wales
8 May 2007 2:06PM
Great tones and wonderful detail. Excellent considering its hand held.

ghibby 12 101 United Kingdom
8 May 2007 2:22PM
It was just busy and setting up the tripod was causing a few concerned looks so I had to resort to using ISO 400 and some very steady hand held work!

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
9 May 2007 12:44AM
Clean and highly detailed, INDEED--It must be magnificent at full size!

Good thinking, etc!


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