Julie Walker, EPSA  

Tuscan Chapel by Julie Walker, EPSA

August 2019 - Tuscan Chapel

August 2019 - Julie Walker, EPSA


About the Image(s)

This image was taken in Tuscany a couple of years ago. It is another view of the Madonna di Vitaleta which I previously submitted to the group some time ago. It was taken around midday so the light is rather harsh. It was taken on my converted Canon EOS 350D using my 17-40mm lens at 36mm. The settings were: ISO 400, f11 and 1/250th sec.
I increased the clarity and reduced the highlights in Lightroom then applied some tonal contrast using Nik Colour Effex but I masked the sky as this treatment produced too much noise . I then converted the image to monochrome using Silver Effex Pro. Final adjustments included removing some dust spots, the well and the figure and cropping the image.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

April Kao   April Kao
I love those sharp, fine textures, good light, and good contrast, simple and clean image. I would be tempted to clone out the stray line which going from the tree to the top. And maybe darken the sky and bring some drama with the clouds you have there.   Posted: 08/08/2019 01:36:15

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
A super image Julie as usual. You do get some fantastic locations for IR. Yes the streaky vapour trail could be removed to improve and perhaps toning down the base a little to draw the eye into the image area. Love the tree on the left. Not much wrong with this. Lovely.   Posted: 08/10/2019 06:23:09

Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Such an interesting building. Love the simplicity of the landscape. Agree with other in regards to the sky 'streak'. Well done.
  Posted: 08/11/2019 17:12:07

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
You have a personal style that I admire. Your images are always simple with good lines. For this image, I am wondering about the way the buiding is sitting on the horizon line...I hope I am making myself clear...but what it is for me is the feeling that everything drops off into space behind it. This is not necessarily a criticism. I ask it because I have an image of a lighthouse that has this same look and I have never done anything with it because it seems sort of unrealistic to me. Of course, there is no reason why our art has to be entirely realistic, but still it gives me an uncomfortable feeling. So, have you ever had this image or a similar one in an exhibition, and if, so, what kind of reaction have you gotten from judges?
Lastly, I agree with the others. The jet contrails should be removed in my opinon.   Posted: 08/14/2019 09:52:52

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Thanks for your kind words Sharon. This chapel stands on a slight rise which is why the land appears to drop away behind it. I've not entered it into any competitions so unfortunately I have no feedback to share. I did wonder when processing it whether to remove the jet trails so it is helpful to have these suggestions. I'd be interested to see your lighthouse image.   Posted: 08/15/2019 05:11:22

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
Face it, I like black and white pictures, I always have ever since I started taking pictures. The image that you showed last year of the building was memorable but this is so different that it doesn't compete with the other one. In this one the trees take on more importance as there are several different ones. The building "holds" them together to make a great scene. IR and your conversion technique resulted in a very enjoyable scene to look at.   Posted: 08/15/2019 08:46:30
Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Thanks Stuart. It is reassuring to know that I am not the only one whose preference is for black and white.   Posted: 08/16/2019 05:57:06

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Very nice, simple image. Feels like a nice warm day.
Cannot see anything else I would change
  Posted: 08/22/2019 15:49:11