Paul Roth  

Taos Pueblo Church by Paul Roth

October 2019 - Taos Pueblo Church

About the Image(s)

The image was taken from a different angle than the photo by Ansel Adams. I didn't realize it until I was looking at one of his images of the Taos pueblo. The image was opened in lightroom, after the initial basic adjustments, converted to b/w.

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7 comments posted

Ella Schreiber   Ella Schreiber
HI Paul: At first glance, I thought there was a reflection in the door-way.. and, quickly realized you shot through the door-way. Of course, none of the buildings in Taos are straight... and, think the background is straight, but, the entrance door-way seems not straight to my eye. The white wash along the entrance way seems a bit blown out. I guess my question … is the image about the entrance-way OR.. the background? If it is the entrance-way, I'd consider removing the buildings or darkening them so the focus remains on the entrance.   Posted: 10/10/2019 18:55:05

Paul Roth   Paul Roth
The door-way is not straight, it does have a slight curve to it. You have to keep in mind how the archway was built.   Posted: 10/10/2019 19:01:45

Peter Clark   Peter Clark
Paul - As soon as I saw this image it reminded me of Ansel Adams and reading your description confirmed this. I like your take on this - maybe as Ella posted a little more detail in the white doorway would be beneficial and I would be inclined to darken the foreground a little too.I have no issues with the background as it stands. The 'y' cloud just above the horizon is a little bright and does tend to draw the eye a little.   Posted: 10/11/2019 14:07:11

Ed Ries
Paul, a new way to see the Taos church. Congrats on finding an original perspective. I might have tried to decrease the white values in the cloud in the right corner and perhaps darkened the entrance way a bit. Personal preference. It is a challenging subject to photograph in a way different from past photos. I thing you succeeded in finding a unique way to render the church.   Posted: 10/14/2019 15:19:06

John Gilkerson   John Gilkerson
Well done for taking a different view on the church.
As usual, the suggestions from the group are useful.
An image which will reward some more work, although it is pretty good as it stands..   Posted: 10/17/2019 04:15:16

Ian Chantler   Ian Chantler
Hi Paul
Well seen and well taken as it looks like the conditions were very contrasty I like the backdrop as it gives the eye something to rest on once you have looked through the door an image that so suits mono as already said just tone down a couple of the hihlights and leave well alone.   Posted: 10/20/2019 14:59:53

Hi, Paul!

An interesting compositional solution - picture-in-picture. I saw three spaces here. A wall with an aperture and a cross, a landscape in the aperture and a background section on the right. it creates a very interesting feeling that these three areas are independent. I found this interesting.   Posted: 10/24/2019 02:44:45