Stan Bormann, APSA, EPSA  

Chapel on the Rock by Stan Bormann, APSA, EPSA

September 2020 - Chapel on the Rock

About the Image(s)

Chapel just south of Estes Park, CO. Shot at ISO 200, 32mm, f/11, 1/200 sec with an Olympus E-M1 Mark-II and Lumix 12-60 lens. Color processed in Lightroom Basic Panel plus brush to selectively darken the sky and grass in the foreground. Also bring down the contrast between the side and the front of the chapel. Then converted to monochrome with Lightroom B&W and going back and again making Basic Panel adjustments in Lightroom.

11 comments posted

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
I really like the earth-hewn imperfection of the building in this image and how is merges with the lower hillside. It shows an intimate connection between the building and the earth, like the building is rising from the ground. Nicely done.   Posted: 09/10/2020 09:13:39

Larry Treadwell   Larry Treadwell
(Groups 36 & 67)
Hey---thanks so much for the memories. I've photographed this church many times before all the geography changed. The old reflection pond added much drama.

In case you did not know---in late July and early August you can capture the Milky Way above the church for some real drama. Hope you get a change to try it. Also try it at daybreak when the alpen glow lights the peaks behind the church.

Congrats on this capture.   Posted: 09/11/2020 14:24:12
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
Thanks for the reply. You can still get reflections on the pond below the church. For some reason, I didn't pick one of those shots. When Pope Francis visited the USA a few years ago this was one of his stops.   Posted: 09/11/2020 16:53:19

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I like this picture, it seems to have coped with the high he contrast of the sunshine and shade and sky really well. I love the way the light clouds follows the skyline. Another square crop, and it suits this photo well I think.   Posted: 09/11/2020 16:23:07

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
40+ years ago, I went out of my way to repeatedly take this drive while on business trips. I only have slide images, safely stashed away. I felt it a wonderful discovery the first time I saw it. You captured it excellently. I appreciate that your composition perfectly positioned the statue in the background.
Equally, memorable for me was when my wife was driving up there in a surprise June snow storm and nearly killed us as she skidded off the mountain road, turning 180 degrees and onto the narrow gravel siding.   Posted: 09/14/2020 17:08:41
Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
When Larry Treadwell mentioned the reflection on the pond, I actually wondered why I did not use an image with the reflection. You mentioned the statue on the hill above the chapel. That statue is why I did not include the reflection, I could not get both. Actually there is another reason, this image is not as good. Also minimal processing. It looks like the reflection needs to be processed selectively.   Posted: 09/18/2020 08:30:51
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John Roach   John Roach
Beautiful scene, Stan. I like the tonality, management of shadow, textures, fine detail, wonderful vertical lines and angles of the roof. The depth of field seems just right at f/11 and the black and white conversion is well done.   Posted: 09/15/2020 13:43:15

Don York   Don York
A great capture Stan. The angle of the church in the frame definitely enhances the image   Posted: 09/16/2020 15:08:29

Stan Bormann   Stan Bormann
We drove by the Chapel on the rock today. Yes we are back in Colorado on our way to Arizona for the winter. This time we went by the Chapel on the Rock about 9:30 in the morning, the right time of the day. The only thing that has been done to this is crop and convert to Black and White. No adjustments, no selective adjustments, nothing. Best to take pictures in the right light. I could make some adjustments to improve it but wanted you to see it as recorded.   Posted: 09/19/2020 21:15:08
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John Roach   John Roach
Very nice perspective!!   Posted: 09/20/2020 07:39:33
John Roach   John Roach
Very nice perspective!!   Posted: 09/20/2020 09:12:45


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