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John Piper Tapestry by night

By James_C
Good morning to you all,

Many thanks for the interest and comments on my last upload. I will upload a modification for Doc (TonyWatson) when I've had chance to reprocess.

This is the John Piper Tapestry behind the High Alter at Chichester Cathedral. I took this on the same night as Jaume Plensa gave his talk. All the varients of this are the same photograph with different crops. I started playing about and ended up not knowing which I like best. To me they each have their pro's and cons. Anyway, I hope you like it. Do criticise if you want.

All the best,


PS I think the uploads have come out with a slight loss of colour. I don't know why or what to do about it....Sad Sorry.

PPS Following a suggestion by Richard (Richsr) I have now uploaded a V6 with even tighter crop. I can see his point and think perhaps I agree with him. Thank you Richard.

Tags: General Architecture Chichester cathedral Digitally manipulated Low light photography Landscape and travel Flash and lighting John Piper Tapestry

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Alvar 12 23 2 France
8 Apr 2011 9:17AM
Excellent set James !!

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KingBee Plus
13 533 2 Scotland
8 Apr 2011 9:58AM
Interior shots are always tricky, but you have managed this well. Lovely light and tone, and nice verticals. Regards. Bob
helenlinda Plus
12 366 22 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2011 10:02AM
Lovely images- the lighting has worked well. Really like this colourful tapestry - v1 is my favourite
EAS 10 1 13 Scotland
8 Apr 2011 10:41AM
1st thought was how well you'd captured the colours in difficult lighting conditions! Great set with V1 just makes it to 1st spot for me today.

Richsr 12 91 223 England
8 Apr 2011 11:03AM
Interesting to see the variations of the different crops in this James. For me version one work the best as your eyes are not drawn as much to the lighter ceiling and you are able to focues more on the tapestry. I might suggest a crop in from the top to take out the light ceiling and really focue you on the colourful tapestry.
Regards Richard
mrswoolybill Plus
13 1.7k 2099 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2011 11:58AM
A vote for you, and for one of my favourite artists. (I received my degree under his glass screen at Coventry Cathedral). V1 and V5 work best for me, a subject definitely worth exploring.
taggart Plus
15 47 13 United States
8 Apr 2011 12:22PM
This is so beautiful, an impressive set of images!
Joline Plus
13 30 54 United States
8 Apr 2011 12:42PM
I have to go with version 5, as it puts the tapestry in it's perspective, showing more of the setting it is in.
I would also have liked to have seen a shot taken from in back of the lectern, since including it interrupts the flow from the altar to the tapestry.
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
8 Apr 2011 12:58PM
I sympathise with your views about the lectern Joline. Ideally I would have liked to take it away, but as there was a talk going on immediately behind my back it would have been inappropriate to go moving furniture about. Next time I have the opportunity I shall speak to the vergers and do precicely that.

8 Apr 2011 9:59PM
V1 for me, but there all excellent shots here James......JIM.
9 Apr 2011 2:53AM
A cracking set of shot James considering only having available light ~ No particular favorite as as you say all have particular merits. Guess it depends on what the shot was going to be used for.
Good Work
9 Apr 2011 9:11AM
Unique set
danbrann 15 640 17
9 Apr 2011 12:56PM
An interesting set of varieats and all of them good in their own special way.
9 Apr 2011 1:09PM
A beautifully colourful tapestry James, well controlled light, excellent image,
banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4049 Canada
9 Apr 2011 4:04PM
Its a nice shot, - good exposure. V1 works for me. I would tone down the very bright centre (though its not overexposed) and lift the shadows a little as in the mod.


James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2011 4:22PM
Hi Willie,

Thanks very much for your comment and modification. Funnily enough I was playing with the original of this because the brightness was bothering me. Your advice and modification are excellent and deal with the issue. I think perhaps I was being a bit timid in my approach. I guess you used curves to do this... It is what I usually use because I think it gives greater control.

Thanks again,


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