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Holy Trinity Church Ruins

By franfoto
A couple of week ago when we had the 'super moon' I tried my hand at long exposure night shots using just the light from the moon and a torch to highlight the walls and windows in this church ruin. This old church is truly spooky, especially at night so I'm glad I was in the company of hubby and a couple of friends on the night.

What I want from this upload is CRITIQUE, MODIFICATIONS and ADVICE about night photography as I am really interested in doing more of it but struggled with focusing and other aspects on the night.

Version one is the finished processed image.
Version 2 is straight from camera, raw file converted to JPG which I hope will be the one used for any MODIFICATIONS. I would really appreciate help, comments and critique from anyone with any knowledge of this genre of photography. The exif data is included.

Many thanks for your comments on my Mothers Day image and special thanks to Chris (imagephotographics) for the UA. Your imput and support is always appreciated.

Have a good week.


Tags: Night photography Architecture Low light photography Church ruins Holy Trinity church Buckfastleigh

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5 Apr 2011 1:58PM
lovely set but very spooky as you say

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graceland 12 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2011 2:19PM
Creepy at night
saeidNL 6 3 Netherlands
5 Apr 2011 2:37PM
Fantastic night shot,very well done,
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
5 Apr 2011 2:58PM
A fantastic imagae, and new venture---- actually, I prefer your original -- Having never done this type of photography-- I have nothing else to offer!
5 Apr 2011 3:26PM
Great first attempt at night shooting.
A good way to focus is to shine a bright torch on your subject and focus on it using manual focus or light your subject as before and use live view and zoom right in on the point you want to focus on.
The rest is pretty much as you want it! I've learnt mostly by trial and error and some expert advice from my friend Diana
Night photography and light painting is so much fun and so rewarding i love it!
Look forward to seeing more of the same from you Wink
Regards Ricky.
Daisymaye Plus
8 23 10 Canada
5 Apr 2011 3:49PM
Great night capture, lovely mysterious light..............Sandy
User_Removed 8 26 2 United States
5 Apr 2011 5:01PM
Prefer v1 for the perspective and drama - really handsome image! Eerie but fascinating.
andylea 8 37 1 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2011 5:28PM
got to say fran it's v2 for me today really really like it a lot Wink
Alvar 9 23 2 France
5 Apr 2011 7:03PM
Beautiful shot Fran. Good work !!!
paulbroad 9 116 1064 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2011 7:37PM
V1 is excellent - if i must carp - just a slight LH crop to move the cross to the left. Otherwise very well done. Assume you are manually focusing for this type of thing - you must.

cassiecat 8 39 46 England
5 Apr 2011 8:07PM
really like the spooky feel youve achieved here. theres a dust spot that could do with cloning, and think worth using noise reduction on the sky. i'd be tempted to clone alittle of the left perhaps to the edge of the window as the light stars are distracting. good work.lesley
franfoto 9 2 32 England
5 Apr 2011 8:25PM
Thank you Ricky for the useful information and also for the link to 'Diana's' excellent low light portfolio.

Paul, I was using manual focus but found it difficult with very little light falling onto the subject, I think Ricky's idea of using a strong light to get the focus is worth doing next time.

Lesley, thank you for your Modification , I agree with your observations especially the 'light stars' to the right of the image.

Many thanks to all for taking time to add your comments and encouragement your input and support is always greatly appreciated.

pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2011 9:22PM
I dont do low light photography and like you Fran need to learn more about this subject, looks a good effort to me tho
OAKEY 8 United Kingdom
5 Apr 2011 9:30PM
Very nice low light work Fran, for me its V2, sorry can't offer any adviseSad
Regards Shaun
9 Apr 2011 4:56PM
What a super set of shots
Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
12 Apr 2011 9:49AM
Would't have a clue but I like what I am seeing,

Glyn1 7 4 1 England
20 Apr 2011 12:42PM
Great results from your first attemps, I have only done a few myself so I dont thinkl I'm qualified to advise anyone.

PhillipMinnis 6 94 4 Australia
14 Jun 2011 4:46AM
What a stunning scene, Fran! Wonderful light, tones, colours and composition! Lovely!



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