Debbie Perez  

Chapel-At-Ease by Debbie Perez

May 2020 - Chapel-At-Ease

May 2020 - Debbie Perez


About the Image(s)

This is another shot that I took on the workshop with Terry. I used a profile in LR to do the channel swap and clicked something in CLiR to get a B&W. I straighten and cropped the photo in LR, too. I have a more squared version of this but put this one in one completion where it won two awards and is now traveling to other galleries. I printed it on a pearl "metallic" paper which added to the glow I think it has. I used a wide angle (15mm) to capture this on a converted Canon 5 D MIII 720 nm camera.

9 comments posted

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
You have a much better picture of this church/tree than what I got!
I like the way you brought out the sky "drama" that not noticeable in the original
The tilt is completely acceptable since the tree is going every which way. Great crop.
Very nice.
  Posted: 05/07/2020 17:53:08

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
Wow. This is dramatic. What a tree which totally dominates the scene but cradles this lovely chapel but still does not take attention away from it. It is just as important to the scene so they compliment one another. great foliage on the heavy bows. All goes to make a very interesting scene and I'm not surprised in the least its has won awards. Well done.
p.s. I'm amused you said you 'clicked' on something in CLiR. This is exactly what I do then can't remember how I achieved a result. Glad I'm not alone.   Posted: 05/11/2020 06:48:16
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Oh, no I play clicked the button a great deal with CliR. I don't know why it doesn't stick with me.
  Posted: 05/18/2020 13:19:54

Stuart Bacon   Stuart Bacon
My initial reaction was a conflict between two very different subjects. But the more I looked at your picture the more that I liked the two different subjects. Each has its own interest and as they are so different it works. The tree is so huge it could easily dominate the scene but there is beauty in the church construction. I like what you did and have one suggestion. The church need to be straightened as it tilts.   Posted: 05/13/2020 08:19:32

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
My initial reaction was the same as Stuart's. i.e the tree and the church compete with one another, which I can't quite come to terms with as I would like to see more of the church which I find very interesting and which, for me, is the main focal point of the image. I just wonder whether there was another angle that you could have taken this from which included both the tree and church, as I think you do need both, but which allowed the whole of the church to be seen clearly. Would taking it from a lower angle, slightly to the right, have allowed the branch to frame the church rather than cross in front of it? Or maybe the left side of the image could be cropped to make the tree less dominant? For me too, the church tilts and needs to be straightened. Having said all this, the image does have a very appealing quality, and there is a beautiful sky behind the church. Congratulations on the well deserved awards.   Posted: 05/14/2020 10:47:26
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
The tree is extremely close to the church. No way to take a photo of one or the other. I was on my knees crouched to the ground for this shot and only risked that because there were people around to help me if I couldn't get up, lol!! The area was filled with sagging structures because there was a lot of ground moisture. Other positions didn't work as I want to capture the cross "framed by the limbs and wanted to see the resurrection ferns on the limbs of the old oak. When I moved to the left, the wheelchair ramp seemed dominate and I lost the azaleas. It's a pretty little chapel cradled by a big old oak to me.   Posted: 05/16/2020 13:55:55

Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
This is a beautiful scene and your post processing has given it an almost other-worldly appearance which I find very appealing. At first I too thought the church needed to be straightened, but of course that would make the tree tilt. We just have to decide what part of the image needs to be straight, and I believe you have made the right choice. I am wondering if the slant of the church was created by the distortion of your very wide angle lens? I am another one who just "clicks on something" in CLir, but I was thinking this treatment might be "retro?" In any case it works, and I can see why this image has been a winner for you.   Posted: 05/16/2020 12:06:52
Debbie Perez   Debbie Perez
Actually, the buildings in this area all sagged and I suspect the beautiful oak hasn't helped the building. For me, I love the tree with all the glorious resurrection ferns. The tree is extremely close to the little chapel. I didn't use a "retro" effect in CLiR, I just used the BW adjustment.   Posted: 05/16/2020 13:46:52

Nelson Charette   Nelson Charette
Wow, very nice, I like this big tree, with the church behind.
I like the way you framed the cross of the church with the tree limbs. I do also like your processing.   Posted: 05/19/2020 10:12:20


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