Bob Wills  

Our Lady of Lourdes by Bob Wills

October 2019 - Our Lady of Lourdes

About the Image(s)

I took this image during the PSA Conference in Spokane last week. I was drawn by the shadows of the cross, making the three crosses as it is believed to have happened at Golgotha. The tour guides gave us a history filled view of the cathedral.
Fuji X-T2, 16mm lens, 1/10th sec @f8.0, ISO 400, on a tripod. Processed in LR, using Auto tone, Radial filter to brighten the altar, and dodged and burned.

9 comments posted

Marilyn Peake   Marilyn Peake
I love the bright colors of the stained glass windows and flowers in the sepia-toned setting. The shadows of the cross resulting in three crosses makes great emotional impact.   Posted: 10/08/2019 19:17:26
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Thanks for the comment. I think I may see if I can remove the color cast, as it may be detracting from the way I saw it. Maybe black and white, but you have me thinking, which I appreciate.   Posted: 10/10/2019 09:46:37

Raymond Zurschmitten   Raymond Zurschmitten
A very nice picture, which emphasizes the altar with the double shadows well. I like the comparison with the three crosses on Golgotha.
I would find it exciting to include the reflecting floor in the picture, so that the altar would be reflected as a whole. This would be at the expense of the beautiful dome, but would still be worth a try.   Posted: 10/10/2019 10:48:11
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
Good suggestion. I'll see what else I have. I'm not very far into culling my images from the conference tours yet. I find tours are not the best venue for me. Too many people and not enough time. Gives me a chance to see future sights for a more thorough shoot.   Posted: 10/10/2019 11:03:43

Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
This is a beautiful setting and you captured it well. As mentioned the shadows are wonderful. I also think that the reflections would be a nice inclusion in total. I love the colors and composition. I feel that I cannot improve any of that capture, so just for you, I loolked at it totally different. First I cropped to 9X16 so as to include the stained glass and the reflections. I then "healed" out a portion of a chest on the lower left. I wanted to clone out the green table drape on the lower right, but needed to do that prior to cropping to get the correct color to use in cloning. I tried the paint brush, but could not get my eyedropper to select that color. (I haven't used that in a long time and may have forgotten something that would make it work.) I feel that the big chunk of green is distracting, but did not start over. If you like this, you can do it first. It is just a different mindset on framing up. Your version is certainly great and worth keeping. I try to make myself take a wide frame and then zero in of what I find most interesting. I sometimes get so excited about what I first "see" that I forget, but it does help me often.   Posted: 10/11/2019 15:00:17

Elizabeth Mangham   Elizabeth Mangham
Oops!   Posted: 10/11/2019 15:06:38
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Bob Wills   Bob Wills
I like that you simplified my image. Too much info in my images is one of my major weaknesses. I also really appreciate the effort you are making to provide meaningful critiques for the rest of us. Good work.   Posted: 10/11/2019 20:55:50

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
A pleasing image of the churches interior with good tones and colour. I do agree the shadows are good but are lost in your image, But Elizabeths simplified image it comes across much stronger and forms a very pleasing image.   Posted: 10/14/2019 06:35:04
Bob Wills   Bob Wills
I agree, and think I may have been influenced by the guides narrative. I included the bishop's chair on the left because she was so proud and explicit that the chair was the only seat in the cathedral we could not sit in. My image needs work, and I appreciate the suggestions. Thanks   Posted: 10/14/2019 07:31:41


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