Steve Knight  

Untitled by Steve Knight

September 2020 - Untitled

September 2020 - Steve Knight


About the Image(s)

The entrance to the courtyard of San Geronimo Catholic Church at Taos Pueblo is shown here. This was shot late in the evening at 1/30 second and f/22 with an ISO of 200. The 24-105 zoom was at 40mm. The conversion was done with the Ps B&W adjustment layer with contrast adjustments done in levels.

10 comments posted

Larry Crook   Larry Crook
This is an interesting image of a great subject. Your point of view is not the usual one and this makes me wonder why you didn't include more of the wall on the left and some of the church. Your crop and removal of the rug? in front of the door help to simplify the image,

I wondered how the image would look with the sky darkened. In SEP2 I added about 15 control points to darken or lighten different areas, as none of the global adjustments worked for this . My version leaves a lot to be desired, but I wanted to show a different interpretation of the image.   Posted: 09/05/2020 14:52:48
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David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
I like the composition and angle of the shot and the tones on the wall are very good. I have been here also and it feels a little cut off, I feel the crop is too close on both sides. The more I look at it the more I think the bright sky helps bring out the cross.   Posted: 09/05/2020 16:09:33

Jerry Hug   Jerry Hug
Been there many years ago. Sometimes it is very difficult to get a unique photo of this icon. The color version has a better range of tones. Especially the sky. The cross is backlit but becomes very flat with those tones removed? I would try and keep a full range of tonality if possible.   Posted: 09/06/2020 10:12:32

M. Arfan Asif   M. Arfan Asif
Interesting image. I note the specs of F22 at 1/30. It is also a tightly composed shot. The washed out sky does not add appeal to the image. I note it is an icon and you have good reasons for the photo.   Posted: 09/09/2020 02:16:22

Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hello, Steve, thought I would stop of the more iconic locations to visit and shoot, indeed. A favorite location I visited myself, in 2017.

As someone who enjoys capturing scenes (and many iconic scenes) from a new or different perspective, I was immediately drawn to your piece, I like the visual creation you are heading towards: some notes and ideas:

The Washed out sky and White entrance is very appealing idea that focuses on using Light & Shadow to engage the viewer. The second part of this composition that adds to its appeal is the framed architecture seen through the opening...well framed and conceived.

However, effects of this Light & Shadow, and the distance structure (with its light/shadow effects) lends itself more towards an abstract theme.

In this case, I would liked to see a shot (cropped through the viewfinder) that would "abstract" or take out more detail from this particular shot. Of course we can Crop the current image - and this is perfectly fine - but I am suggesting for the future we all spend more time to "see" more than initially meets the eye; that is, sometimes we need to step outside the box of conventional ideas to capture a composition that "Pricks" the viewer, as Roland Barthes so eloquently quoted of photographs that engage and spark interest.

I took your picture and cropped it to show an example that takes full advantage of the Light & Shadow you have captured and presented. Of course, a similar composition created on site (through the viewfinder) would have yielded a more balanced scene - but you get the idea I am discussing here.   Posted: 09/09/2020 06:55:56
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Steve Knight   Steve Knight
Thanks Lance. I like where you're going with this.   Posted: 09/09/2020 15:44:59
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
I look forward to seeing more photographs from this shoot! :)   Posted: 09/10/2020 05:49:36

David Halgrimson   David Halgrimson
Lance, I agree with your crop, it focusses more on the wall and building through the opening. The wider crop made me look for more where this crop removed the busy area to the right and on the ground and now I can focus on the reason for the photo in the first place.   Posted: 09/09/2020 16:34:58
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 83 & 87)
Hi David. In this case - with this subject and in this particular light - I feel it is leaning toward a more abstract theme.

But by all means, often a wider view is needed to define the "Space" or location...but not here. Appreciate your encouraging comments, David.   Posted: 09/10/2020 05:53:04

Paul Hoffman   Paul Hoffman
I like your choice of angle and crop and the way it has been used the frame the other building in the distance. The muted tones seem to fit the area. However it comes down to taste and it not one that I can get excited about.   Posted: 09/12/2020 06:32:34


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