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Fintry Kirk

By CaptivePixels
A shot around the back of Fintry Church.
Wanted to catch the light on the branches which have a great look at night. Not sure I quite made it work. This was a tighter crop on the back of the church. I'll upload the fuller image soon for comparison.

25 seconds at f/4.5
focal length: 31mm

Tags: Church Night Architecture Black and white Fintry Landscape and travel

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User_Removed 15 455 13 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2009 1:14PM
There is something I like about it.

Looking closely there is more detail in the darkness than there first appears to be. I suspect a good print could bring it out more - a this level of darkness you are a bit dependent on various screen calibrations.

You have three quite effective points of light - the moon, the church tower and the graveyard - which can give you a composition. I think you could perhaps try to bring up a little more detail out of the darkness.

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CaptivePixels 10 343 2 Scotland
1 Feb 2009 1:25PM
Thanks very much for the comments and mod, Brett. Uploaded my own mod (before I saw yours Smile) where I've tried to bring out the detail a bit.

Interestingly, I see a bit of flare above the moon on your mod that I hadn't noticed on the original and will take out.
User_Removed 15 455 13 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2009 1:42PM
I like the wider crop as well - there's quite a good balance to it.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
1 Feb 2009 3:03PM
It definitely has a spooky mood, - the light is good, and I think your intention of getting the light on the trees would make for a good effect.

Ive tried some mods, - focused mainly on selectively increasing the brightness. I sharpened the tree branches aggressively which will accentuate the white/black effect.

In the second mod I wondered if a blue/cyan filter would add to the mood.
I also painted in the white gable on the church, - found it a distraction.


CaptivePixels 10 343 2 Scotland
1 Feb 2009 5:20PM
Thanks for the comments and mods Willie - I had also tried a blue tint which gave pleasing results. Hadn't thought about the gable end though - nice touch.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
1 Feb 2009 6:13PM
the first shot here is compositionally a bit confusing with the brightest thing, the church, being right on the top right edge of the frame. Our eye is drawn up there and kinda just dwells there as there's nothing else for it to look at - well nothing obvious anyway other than the moon, which is effectively a pin point of light.

Also the church is quite obscured by the trees.

Your first mod addresses some of these comp issues, you get to see mre of the church, there's another bright area to compliment the main building (the trees) but this adds another compositional quandry - can you get away with the church in the centre of the shot?

I'd say that your best comp may be to ctop away the left where the moon is, but the church on the left 1/3 line and then do a bit of contrast adjustments to add punch to the shot.

night stuff is a fave of mine, it takes a bit of practice so keep at it
CaptivePixels 10 343 2 Scotland
1 Feb 2009 6:26PM
Thanks Ade, I'll try the suggested crop later on ad upload a mod.
CaptivePixels 10 343 2 Scotland
2 Feb 2009 11:25AM
Mod taking into account Ade's suggestions uploaded

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