Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO  


The Black Church of Budir by Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

June 2020 - The Black Church of Budir

June 2020 - Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

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June 2020 - Isaac Vaisman M.D., FACRO

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About the Image(s)

Icelandic Black Church was created about two years ago on a photo tour there. This black Church is an icon in Iceland and it has been photographed a zillion times. It is located on the south coast of the Iceland’s Snaefellsnes peninsula. It was built in 1703 and since then has had a couple of reconstructions and one relocation, It has a historic graveyard and relics inside. It is beautiful and minimalistic object placed in the rough nature of Iceland. The images were created using a Nikon D850 with the Nikkor lens 24-120 mm f/4 at 44 mm and with these settings and handheld. ISO 800, f/10 and 1/1000 sec with a “ 1/3 EC. It was a very cloudy and rainy day, so I used several exposures a la HDR technique. I tried to get a very low vantage point, so I laid on the ground, with the camera pretty much on the ground as well and with the screen pulled out and angled accordingly. After PP in Aurora, the image was corrected for brightness, clarity, vibrance, sharpened and cropped as is. I did walk the area and took several other images. I am attaching a couple more for illustration of the look of the area from different angles.


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14 comments posted

Guy Davies   Guy Davies
The image brings out the wild and desolate nature of the countryside. It is also interesting to see the contrast between the two very smart crosses and the other much more basic one. Composition is good with the three crosses forming a leading line to the church which is nicely offset to the right. The low viewpoint has worked well.   Posted: 06/05/2020 11:54:56

Bill Buchanan   Bill Buchanan
Terrific composition. The placement of the crosses at the grave sites compliment the old church. The flat lighting and grey sky adds to the impact. The only item I would find fault with is the noise in the sky. NIK Define or Tpoaz AI Clear does a wonderful job of cleaning up the skies.   Posted: 06/06/2020 13:11:08
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Done with Viveza 2 using control points only on the sky.   Posted: 06/14/2020 20:39:15
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Joseph Hearst   Joseph Hearst
I think that the very low point of view works well for this church. It really conveys the feeling of Iceland.   Posted: 06/06/2020 16:22:51

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Isaac
As you said this must be the most photographed church in the world but everyones take on it is different as are the weather conditions,the grave stones are a great lead in the low angle really suits this the wide angle shows the enviroment around the church its a very dark atmospheric day with that in mind if it were mine I would just tone the grass down either in brightness or saturation also this image could be perfect for black and white conversion as well as well.
  Posted: 06/08/2020 14:35:24

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I would also like to see this black and white. My favorite part are the crosses with the mountains in the background and the opened gate of the stone fence.   Posted: 06/13/2020 12:42:12
Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Vella, here is your request. I used Nick collection 3, Silver Efex Pro 2, picked the full spectrum option, and placing control points just in the sky, and reducing considerably the structure, was able to remove most of the noise in the sky without softening too much the image.   Posted: 06/14/2020 20:30:16
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Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
Inciteful composition of an historic site Isaac, Re: Bill's observation, I ran your image through P.S.-Filter-NIK Collection-Define 11 to reduce the noise then Topaz Studio AI Clear. Hope you like the changes.   Posted: 06/14/2020 11:49:01
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Isaac Vaisman M.D.   Isaac Vaisman M.D.
Erik, thank you for your PP. It did remove the noise but made the whole image a little softer and smooth, and it gives the sensation of a more peaceful environment. Look at the B&W interpretation and using control points in Silver Efex Pro 2 worked only on the ski.   Posted: 06/14/2020 20:33:35
Erik Rosengren   Erik Rosengren
I like it as well, that change provides more drama to your image.   Posted: 06/14/2020 23:25:14

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I like the black and white. I think it gives a totally different interpretation and the crosses really stand out.   Posted: 06/14/2020 21:14:29

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I like the black and white. I think it gives a totally different interpretation and the crosses really stand out.   Posted: 06/14/2020 21:37:08

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I like the black and white. I think it gives a totally different interpretation and the crosses really stand out.   Posted: 06/14/2020 21:52:43

Vella Kendall   Vella Kendall
I like the black and white. I think it gives a totally different interpretation and the crosses really stand out.   Posted: 06/16/2020 21:13:21