Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA  

Gate House at the Abby by Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

August 2020 - Gate House at the Abby

August 2020 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

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August 2020 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

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August 2020 - Sharon Prislipsky, PPSA

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About the Image(s)

I fell on love with this little stucture which is at the entrance to the graveyard at Subiaco, a Jesuit Abby in Central Arkansas. I looked at it from every possible angle and could not frame it up in a way that eliminated the roof and dormers of the dormitory in the background. So, I chose the angle I though best showed it off and figured I could minimize the distraction in post processing. Nope! After many attempts I concluded that the only option was to replace that area with sky.
This image was made with my Canon 7D, which is an 830nm conversion, and a wide angle lens. I made three exposures and combined them in NIK HDR Pro2. I made selective adjustments in Viveza and converted to monochrome in Silver Efex Pro2 using the Intensifier filter and a soft sepia toning.

4 comments posted

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
Yes, the rest of this images is just too good to be shackled with those dormers. Just scrumcious textures in the leaves, the wood door, the stones. Very nice.
I might tone down the top of the distance tree line, seems a bit bright next to your faux sky.   Posted: 08/07/2020 14:51:40
Sharon Prislipsky   Sharon Prislipsky
Thanks for pointing that out. I believe you are correct and will follow your advice. I will also learn the correct spelling of Abbey LOL!   Posted: 08/12/2020 10:41:23

Helen Herbert   Helen Herbert
This little building is full of character showing the textured brickwork in the wall and old door with cross. You have done a good job placing a sky but as Terry says perhaps a little darkening of the trees above the wall would improve it greatly although it already is a great image and should do well for you. The Ivy clinging to the building adds to the character and romanticism of the place.   Posted: 08/12/2020 06:57:20

Julie Walker   Julie Walker
Yes you definitely needed to remove the roof and dormers in the background as they were quite distracting. Your replacement sky looks convincing although there is a lighter area just below the branch. Would it have been possible to fade the new area of sky a little more gradually in to the brighter area. It's only a small point and it doesn't really detract from the interesting building and the lovely foliage growing over it.I agree with Terry and Helen regarding darkening the trees above the wall.   Posted: 08/12/2020 14:00:33


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