Lorna Zaback  

Eglise Saint-Paul Paris by Lorna Zaback

November 2019 - Eglise Saint-Paul Paris

November 2019 - Lorna Zaback


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Settings: 1/13 sec at f/11 ISO 1600 Nikon D600 with 24 - 120 mm lens at 24mm.
I shot this without flash. A very slow shutter speed had me propping my camera up on a railing at the back to steady it. I loved the warmth of the colour version but find the monochrome draws my eye upward towards the domed ceiling. Feedback would be welcome.

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8 comments posted

David Price   David Price
Welcome to the group Lorna.

Yesterday when I looked at your two images I preferred the colour (the spelling gives you a clue that I am English) version, so I worked on the that. Today I am not too sure but my comments apply to both colour and mono. I like pictures of churches and cathedrals and your image is no exception. You have some great details and tones and I think the lady adds to the picture. If it were mine I would try to correct the verticals although you would loose some of the picture. I would also lighten the foreground.   Posted: 11/04/2019 10:26:03
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Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Thanks, David, for you helpful comments. (Yes, we do cling to those "u's", don't we?) I do prefer your version with what looks like the lighter foreground. Having shot this at 24 mm, I did do a little vertical correction in post-processing, but felt that, in the end, I lost too much of pews in the foreground, so tried to compromise. And I was happy to have caught that woman walking down the aisle.
I am fairly new to monochrome conversion, so expect to learn a lot being in Group 50. Thanks again...Glad to be here!   Posted: 11/04/2019 11:14:31

Jeffrey Klug   Jeffrey Klug
I think you did a nice job of converting to monochrome, it has good detail and contrast. I would lighten up the bottom, I used a graduated filter with a +1 stop and lightened the bottom pews. I also used the transform perspective to straighten out the lines and then cut off some of the ceiling. That adjustment does make it look just a little better, but I don't know if it is that necessary.   Posted: 11/09/2019 21:38:59
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Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
Welcome to our group! This is a wonderful capture of the interior of this cathedral. You achieved remarkable focus without a tripod. Both versions are excellent, but I prefer the color version a little more because of the warmth of the alter. I do like it straightened as David did. For me, architecture shots need straight verticals. You could submit either version into competition and do quite well.   Posted: 11/10/2019 14:19:26

Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Thank you, Jeffrey and Cindy, for your kind comments and feedback. Yes, I agree about the importance of straight verticals in architectural shots, but I didn't think this one suffered too much from a bit of a skew. I do like your straightened version though, Jeffrey.
I think I will very much enjoy being part of this group - thanks again.   Posted: 11/10/2019 18:54:32

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Welcome. Excellent technique in capture. Same goes for the technical aspects. Personally, I like the original better than the vertical perspective correction. You original makes the ceiling the subject of the picture. Your original is more creative, vibrant and, pictorial in my mind.   Posted: 11/19/2019 09:40:54

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
Welcome. I have to go with the vertical correction option. And I like both color (not sure if color or travel is a better choice) and monochrome. Person adds to the scale.   Posted: 11/19/2019 16:52:19

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Excellent shot, in both color and b/w of a cathedral interior. I have a personal preference to not completely alter the vertical perspective, and leave a bit of the feeling of "soaring upward" in the image. How does this look to everyone?   Posted: 11/23/2019 13:34:44
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