John Tabaczynski  

Domes of Trujillo by John Tabaczynski

February 2021 - Domes of Trujillo

February 2021 - John Tabaczynski


About the Image(s)

Nikon D800, 1/500s @ f 8.0; Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 @ 44 mm; ISO 180, handheld
This image was taken during a trip we made to Peru in 2017. The old Spanish churches that populate the colonial central district of the Latin American cities are interesting subjects in terms of color and form. In Trujillo I was struck by the large number of churches that used a yellow paint and displayed a large variety of interesting geometric design features. I have a whole series on them. In this image it was the uniqueness of the window and its colors that captured my attention. That window juxtaposed with the domes gave me a pleasing composition. The sky however, was too dense w clouds so I borrowed some from elsewhere in Peru. To me color is a big deal here so I amped it up quite a bit above its natural stare. In order to do that I needed to make a number of masks so I could handle sky, buildings, the window, and domes separately.
Trujillo is a city on the Pacific coast about 3oo miles north of Lima. The metro area has a population of approximately 1 M people. It is a cultural center and has archeological sites and museums that document some of the oldest civilizations in S America, dating back to about 10,000 BC. The Moche people who flourished in this region from about 100 to 800 AD built the largest pyramid in Peru (Temple of the Sun and Moon) which is now a national historical site which you can walk inside and see the ancient art work. The domes in the image are part of the former cathedral in Trujillo. The original church on that site was erected over a period of several decades starting in about 1630. It was rebuilt as the cathedral in the mid-1700s. It is now a part of Trujillo University and serves as a museum and performing arts center.

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4 comments posted

Jim Horn   Jim Horn
Tab, You put a lot of great work into this photo, rich colors, good tonal range. I like what you did with the circular stained glass window. You handled the shadows very well throughout the photo and kept the the brightest sunlight to its limit without blowing out the highlights. Thank your for the research into the history and significance of this church.   Posted: 02/03/2021 14:15:51

Thorro Jones   Thorro Jones
John great job bringing out the wonderful colors in the window and the walls. They rally pop. I also like the placement of the rooftops in the composition. However, I feel that the sky replacement takes away from the wonderful rooftop lines of the church. The dark grey clouds between the main dome and the right dome are distracting to me.   Posted: 02/03/2021 14:42:28

Sam Fernando   Sam Fernando
John Good colors and good composition with nicely placed domes. Your selection of clouds adds beauty to the image.

I think it is a good idea to reduce the brightness of the blue sky enabling viewers to focus more on the structures.   Posted: 02/14/2021 19:35:46

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Very creative. The sky is good but the photograph might have had more drama if the blue of the sky were darker and more saturated. As long as you were creating the sky, why not take out the clouds, which do distract from the forms that the buildings create. The power of your photogdraph is color an dorm.   Posted: 02/23/2021 11:04:15