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Kells Priory

By Hilmar
A long exposure of 42 sec. taken using a Lee 10 stop filter and converted using Silver Efex.

I would appreciate opinions on this image in general and with regard to the composition and conversion.

Tags: Architecture Black and white

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21 Sep 2013 9:31AM
Great atmospheric image!
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4322 Canada
21 Sep 2013 1:40PM
Is the time correct? It shows midnight?

mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.4k 2546 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 2:07PM
Generally - I like the contrast of massive, immovable stonework against the transience of the sky.
Composition - I think I would have wanted to move a few steps to the right here, to put an angle into that wall on the left, give a more involving and dynamic effect. As it stands, I definitely want to crop a bit off the right, to make the tall tower the full stop. Here it's that little bit of upright masonry on the far right that halts the eye at the end of its exploration, and it really is rather unsatisfactory. The tower is the statement, finish there.
Processing - Silver Efex is brilliant and offers a great variety of subtleties. I suspect that this is simply the neutral conversion, how far have you explored the various presets and more importantly the adjustments down the right side of the screen? This needs more brightness and contrast particularly in the stonework, to bring it forward from the sky, and a little bit of the Structure slider (don't go above 8% to 10%) would give a more 3-D feel. As things stand this is very grey...
Whatever b&w conversion you make in Silver Efex or any other software don't forget to check carefully afterwards for any further adjustment needed to the light. A perfectly balanced colour image will not automatically convert to a perfect b&w.
I'll try a quick Mod.
paulbroad Plus
15 131 1294 United Kingdom
21 Sep 2013 2:23PM
Quite like this. Often not keen on these long exposure things but this one works quite well. It is a little grey overall and I would both brighten and boost contrast a bit. Simple conversion via the channel mixer working on red, green and blue channels individually works best in my opinion. Most of the third party programs add little other than cost.

ErictheViking 9 124 102 Scotland
21 Sep 2013 2:49PM
Over all this is a nice long exposure image however for me its a little dark . In my MOD I've used the histogram to set the pointers to the graph edges and then used the mid adjuster to lighten the image over all. From there I used the dodge and burn tools to give a wider separation in the dark and light tones finally I isolated the sky and adjusted the midtone level to give a general lighter tone.

The composition is a little too central and Moira has dealt with this in her MOD.

Let me know what you think of my MOD, like all B+W images nothing is right or wrong its all personal taste.

Hilmar 10 Ireland
21 Sep 2013 3:20PM

Thanks to everyone for their help and assistance as always. I like both mods, the crop made by Moira works much better and the brightness in the Erik's mod is also a definite improvement.

banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4322 Canada
21 Sep 2013 3:30PM
So Hilda, - is the time correct? Was this a night shot?

banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4322 Canada
21 Sep 2013 3:42PM
Ok, - uploaded mod. View large.

Its mainly greys here, - not a lot of black or white.

With a conversion that makes black = black and white = white, the dynamic range is increased.

Once done, - noise and artifacts show up in the sky. If you didnt have the long exposure noise reduction feature enabled, - I would suggest you do so.

Overall, not quite sharp for the site. Perhaps its just the compression process, as Im sure your original is sharper.

Mod has the tweaks mentioned, and some nose reduction blur in the sky.

As a historical record shot, cropping out some of the buildings is a choice for you to make depending on your intentions. It does balance the shot a bit more, but its not necessary to make it work IMO.


Hilmar 10 Ireland
21 Sep 2013 6:12PM
I have updated the time to 3.52pm, don't know where midnight came from.

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