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Winter Sun on Llandaff Cathedral

By Steven_Tyrer  
Taken on one of clear days over the Christmas holiday, objective is to show the colours of the stone work.

Tags: Architecture Cathedral Llandaff Winter sun

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paulbroad 10 123 1243 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2014 9:26AM
Decent effort, but most of the stonework is in shadow rather than the pleasant lighting. Wrong position or time of day to really emphasise the fabric of the building.


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chase 12 1.1k 246 England
8 Jan 2014 5:59PM
To really get to your objective of showing the stonework I think you needed to be infront of the tree line which obscures most of said stone sadly.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
8 Jan 2014 7:17PM
I can see that the stonework is very attractive, Steve, especially its colours.
You have a very nice sky and the detailed outlines of the cathedral show up well against it.

The light is coming from the right side, only illuminating parts of your cathedral, and the left part is being shadowed by the tower on the right. I would therefore suggest trying on a day when the light is more favourable, choosing a different time of day, or changing your viewpoint.

However, if you can't return at a better time, you can try finding the best shooting position to make the most of the light that you have at the time. There is nothing wrong with shadows, they add dimension to an image, but you need to have the light hitting a bit more of the cathedral.

When changing position, you also need to consider if there might be a better vantage point that excludes a lot of the surrounding trees. Having chosen your subject, walk around it and look for these things before pressing the shutter button.

Another reason for the underexposure could be that you were shooting into the sky, which can cause the camera's metering system to underexpose your subject, because the camera sees a lot of brightness, and so your image needed to be exposed more. In a situation like this, it is common practice to use exposure compensation of +1 (or so) to anticipate what is going to happen.

An alternative, if you want to show off that stonework, is to get in a lot closer for some architectural shots, even some very close abstract-style images. Usually the first thought is to take a wide shot of the whole building, which is fine, but do more than that, also take some that home in on smaller details.

You have a very attractive subject here, with some unusual features. Decide what it is that strikes you as the most interesting features, such as the stonework, and think of how you can best capture those special features.


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