Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA  

Murphy church by Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA

February 2021 - Murphy church

February 2021 - Tom McCreary, APSA, MPSA


About the Image(s)

This image was taken in Murphy, NC. It was taken with a Nikon D7200 and Nikon 18-300mm lens at 18mm, 1/2000 second, fll and ISO 320. I liked the clouds and tried to make the sky darker. I think that the line of grave markers makes a good lead-in. I did clean up the power lines, and cropped in some.

9 comments posted

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
Nice compelling image with good leading lines with the grave markers. I like your composition, cropping & cleanup. To this is a interesting image with a story. I agree with Tom to darken the sky. So I did a edit via Silver Efex to darken the entire image for different effect. What do you think?   Posted: 02/01/2021 21:45:55
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
It makes it into a more gloomy image, as maybe what you would want from a cemetery, but it is very overdone.   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:43:11

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
It is interesting, as we often see in your shots, that a color shot takes on more drama in monochrome. I guess if the actual subject is not the color, then the compositional quality comes out better in monochrome.
I like the direction Russ is taking here--as he greatly improved my image this month--but it's a bit too far, as strange artifacts are showing in the trees. Russ, how about half of the same effect?   Posted: 02/02/2021 00:32:11
Russ Butler   Russ Butler
I agree Stephen, that my version is over the top & 1/2 would give a better result.   Posted: 02/02/2021 16:45:21
Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Stephen, thank you for the complement.   Posted: 02/04/2021 09:44:48

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I agree that the colour version is just an ordinary shot of the church, but that the mono is much better. I also think it could go a bit more contrasty but Russ' has gone too far. I had a go using Nik. First I converted to sRGB, then used High structure harsh, with the brightness at -20, the contrast at +7, the structure at +33. and this seemed to work well. The grass has texture now and the graves and church stand out well.   Posted: 02/08/2021 12:17:38
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Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Very nice, thank you for the suggestion.   Posted: 02/09/2021 09:40:17

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
Nicely balanced with a nice line of grave markers leading to the small chapel. Sharp.The contrast aplied by Diana gives a stronger image which I recommend.   Posted: 02/12/2021 15:54:26

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
Very nice image. Upping the contrast a bit does provide a more dramatic imageLeading lines of the headstones are very nicely captured, and with the upward slant of the grass it brings the eye right to the church. I enjoy images of peaceful churches, but I can never get them to look as peaceful as this...   Posted: 02/14/2021 10:46:20


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