John Erve  

L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal by John Erve

September 2020 - L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal

About the Image(s)

I was in Montreal and visited Canada's largest church, with one of the largest church domes in the world. This was my attempt to capture its grandeur by focusing just on the dome. I was lucky there were some interesting clouds.

Nikon D5500 with Tamron 18-400 mm lens. 1/125 sec. f/11 32mm. ISO 125. Processed with Topaz.

4 comments posted

Ed Ford   Ed Ford
It seems that one Inviolable rule in photography (besides the rule of thirds) is do not center the subject in the photograph. I suppose there is a good basis for the rule. However, as I see this image, I see a good time when rules were "made to be broken". I really like the symmetry of this image. In addition the clouds help enhance the church providing a very nice background for the dome.

I like your use of contrast both for the sky and for the church itself bringing the character of the clouds and also the texture and decorations on the church.

I like this image a lot and I really appreciate your sharing it with us John, thank you.   Posted: 09/04/2020 22:35:46

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
As Ed says, John, the symmetry is really nice here. It also works well despite not being "grounded". It's a great subject for black and white, with it's beautiful tonalities, lines shapes and patterns. The sky is a bonus.   Posted: 09/05/2020 18:18:39

Jen Carrick   Jen Carrick
I did not know this church, John, so thanks for introducing it to me. Having looked it up I feel you were right to concentrate on just the Dome, as it seems, to me, to be the most interesting part of the church. I really like your processing treatment of the building, showing the intricate architectural details. The clouds provide a perfect frame   Posted: 09/13/2020 12:36:52

Don Crow   Don Crow
I don't think there is anything wrong with a strong vertical subject being placed in the center of the image. You have created a very nice image and the clouds certainly help. My only problem is that I keep moving the image up to see what is below the dome.
Well done!   Posted: 09/21/2020 07:49:08


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