Lorna Zaback  

Bury Churchyard by Lorna Zaback

May 2020 - Bury Churchyard

May 2020 - Lorna Zaback


About the Image(s)

I shot this old church a couple of years ago when we were in England (near Cambridge). It was the shadows created by the late afternoon sun that caught my attention. I felt that in the colour image, the green lawn overwhelms the texture of the building and the gravestones and, in BW, those are more prominent. Taken with my Fujifilm XT-10, at 20 mm, 1/8 sec at f/11, ISO 500. I upped the contrast and the texture in Lightroom to purposely give the image a "heavy" feel.

11 comments posted

Chuck Carstensen   Chuck Carstensen
Best choice for Monochrome. The color image is not as nice. Gravestones really are ususual and make my eye explore the whole image. For help I would like to see the sky darker with a slight vignette, Not too much to affect the grave stones.
  Posted: 05/05/2020 17:43:50
Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Chuck, thanks for your comment - I agree. I did actually try darkening the sky but when I darkened it a lot, some smudging appeared on the upper left and a rather strong artifact emerged around the roof of the church, so I pulled it back just to where those things disappeared.   Posted: 05/08/2020 21:47:09

Cindy Lynch   Cindy Lynch
I really like the shadows and, for me, it makes the image. You have great clarity and details which enhance the textures. The bare tree branches to the right fill in the negative space and help to frame the scene nicely. I like the monochrome very much, but, for me, the color version is best because of the bland sky. I think the colors keep interest in the sky and I like the color tones. Either version is a winner.   Posted: 05/06/2020 09:37:06
Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Thanks, Cindy.   Posted: 05/08/2020 21:47:49

Karl Hokanson   Karl Hokanson
I think I like the color primarily with the bland sky. But I could easily imagine the mono winning out with some strong cloud formations (maybe oncoming storm for a ghostly mood)? Great masonry and window details really makes the mono stand out.   Posted: 05/06/2020 10:37:26
Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Karl, we had some great skies/cloud formations on this trip. Unfortunately, not on this day. I agree, would have been more evocative.   Posted: 05/08/2020 21:50:02

Jeffrey Klug   Jeffrey Klug
I find this a very interesting image, a lot of good tones. The shadows somewhat make the image. My only problem and it is minor is that the shadows lead my eye out of the photo. I flipped the image and now the shadows lead my eye toward the church and the grave stones. Just a thought.   Posted: 05/06/2020 22:42:19
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Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Wow, Jeffrey, interestingly (and I have attributed this to my being left-handed), I have not noticed a big difference - leading lines coming in from the left or the right. But looking at your flipped version, I do see...and agree that from the bottom left is more effective. I will keep my eye open for this in the future - thanks!   Posted: 05/08/2020 21:54:45

Paul Moertl   Paul Moertl
Very nice shot and I do like Jeff's idea.   Posted: 05/10/2020 11:49:33

David Price   David Price
I prefer the mono version. I agree with Jeffrey about flipping the image. I like the trees and they are better without leaves. You have some nice tones but I would add a little more contrast. I don't know if you have noticed but you have a small halo on the roof.   Posted: 05/10/2020 13:15:19
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Lorna Zaback   Lorna Zaback
Thanks, David. Yes, I did notice that emerged when I tried darkening the sky or upping the contrast. Consequently, I pulled back on those adjustments just to the point where that aura around the roof, the artifact along its upper edge, and the smudginess in the upper right of the image (in the flipped version) mostly disappeared.   Posted: 05/12/2020 18:12:23


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