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The photo was taken in Vienna Cathedral. It was very dark and busy. They put some colourful lights on to show the interior of the cathedral, but it made the light darker, even so, people were still busy taking pictures..I tried a few, but they were blured..
Miraculously, I saw a beam of light..
This is an handheld&high ISO image, inevitably they generated a lot of noise&softness on the image..Noise has been reduced , Perspective is corrected,slightly sharpening after resized.. I couldn't sharpen it more, I was worried that the noise would be brought back. Light part, layer mask is used on the window, in order to get more detail back, there is still some CA, I couldn't get rid of. Also, there is a line in the middle, that is the electrical wire for the light underneath the image, I cropped it off. I tried to clone off the wire, but I just couldn't do it...I'm simply very pleased that I could record the moment.. I'll upload it on Critique gallery, anyone who could improve the image, you are very welcome to get a try..Thanks for looking.

Camera:Canon EOS 50D
Lens:EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Focal Length:24mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.8
Shutter Speed:1/6sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Partial
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Username:xwang xwang
Uploaded:19 Jul 2012 - 5:23 PM
Tags:Flash / lighting, General, Photo journalism
Votes:Voting Disabled
Unique Views:32
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LynneJoyce Plus Member 7LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 5:26 PM

A very striking image. I am many many miles from my computer (with Lillian, big cats tomorrow) so can't try a mod, but no doubt others will.

Dibyajit  3 India
19 Jul 2012 - 5:27 PM


andylea  637 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 5:28 PM

brilliant comp jasmin fantastic light smashiong detail a real cracker nice one Wink

SlowSong Plus Member 75305 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 5:38 PM

A tantalising strip of light just hinting as to what is there. Nicely done. Smile

paskinmj  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 6:21 PM

Glorious spot and well exposed.

posty57  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 6:31 PM

Beautifully done Jasmine.


Fefe Plus Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 6:34 PM

Hi, I have had a go at a mod for you, here is what I did, Firstly I aged it a touch, this seems to take away some of the overexposed area with the light in the windows ( I tried to alter the exposure with the graduation curves first, unsucsessfully) after aging I took out some contrast and a bit of brightness too, I rotated just a smidging and then returned to the graduation curves, by this stage I could alter the exposure more sucsessfully. I then gave some more saturation to bring back some of what I had lost and gave it a sharpen. I could have lost the wire but it would have lost far too much dtail so I left it. Hope it helps and is what you wantedSmile Amazing shot in first place, I was about to vote!

Last Modified By Fefe at 19 Jul 2012 - 6:35 PM
Brilane  9 Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
19 Jul 2012 - 7:58 PM

Lovely imaginative picture. Well done.

banehawi Critique Team 111221 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada3218 Constructive Critique Points
20 Jul 2012 - 7:24 PM

Uploaded mod. You just need a lot of patience, care and time using simple cloning to remove the wire. That electrician should have been fired for such a silly installation.

No CA apparent to me at 100%, and the mod is sharpened, cropped, some of the darker areas a little brighter. A nice image, the crop brings jesus higher in the frame where it looks better.



xwang  631 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2012 - 12:27 AM

Beautiful work,Willie. I take my hat off to you.
Because the wire goes straight into the faces, I tried on the large file, but I couldn't replace the exact pixels to what they should be. The picture didn't look very right. I was worried about Iwould mess it up, so I decided to leave it alone...
YES, the electrician should have been fired.., it would save you a lot of time, and my agonyGrin.
I did correct CA on RAW , but I remembered that I still saw some after I opened it on PS and tried to correct them, but I couldn't.. OK, I'll take your words then.
Patience..? GrinGrin
Thank you very much, again for your MOD and helpful advices.
Thank you Diane for your MOD. I wonder how you aged the image. Which tool or method you've used to age it,please?
Thank you all for your kind comments.

Fefe Plus Member 3Fefe vcard United Kingdom31 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2012 - 9:24 AM

Hi, The software I use for all my images is Called Nero Photosnap, it is quite basic and very cheap to buy (but mine came free with some hardware we purchased some years ago) It has a feature to age images with various strengths and features, like adding stratches, lines, Sepia tones, desaturation and adding noise. So to take away the over exposure I find it works to add a very slight sepia tone and a slight desaturation, I set all the other features at Nil so not aging the image as this feature intends. I am not sure if other software has this feature, I dont have photoshop or any of the popular ones. even if I did I would still love NeroGrin
Hope this helpsSmile

xwang  631 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
21 Jul 2012 - 6:26 PM

Ah.. I see.., Diane. Thank you.Smile

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