Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA  

St Peters Church Bordeaux 1468 by Stan Bormann, FPSA, MPSA

March 2023 - St Peters Church Bordeaux 1468

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St Peters Church Bordeaux 1468
Shot with iPhone Pro Max 11 at ISO 20, f/2.4, 1/230 sec, 1.54mm. This is a very prominent church in Bordeaux. Beautiful stone work that I thought would convert to monochrome very well. You can see a color version on G19 a few months ago. I made some crop changes based on comments in that group.

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6 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
A very grand facade, and a lovely capture of this building. I like the way the walkers and the seats and brolly lead my eye to the building. The tree and the street buildings frame it well. The clouds complement it well. The stone does indeed convert to mono well.

The thing that bothers me is the curvature of the tower. At first I thought it was just converging verticals, but the curvature seems to increase with height, and the church sides are parallel. Plus the general feel of the texture of the image made me think "phone camera", and indeed it was. The ISO isn't high (I presume ISO 200, not 20?), so it puzzles me. Have you seen this on other photos with the phone? Also there's a halo on the roofline - sky replacement?   Posted: 03/08/2023 02:24:53

Don York   Don York
A great image. I would try a little contrast to bring out the features more, as it appears a little "flat" at present.   Posted: 03/10/2023 10:34:38

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
The composition is satisfying with everything included and just enough off center to add visual tension. I would like to see more detail in the masonry. There are some artifact at the rooflines of the two structures that are distracting.   Posted: 03/11/2023 12:57:33

Chris Prior   Chris Prior
Nice detail everywhere and I like the dominant pair striding in to the frame as it takes me with them towards the centre and they balance nicely with the passive pair beneath the umbrella. Some more contrast would not go astray. There is some pixelation in the gray area of sky and noticeable halos around the top of the building so not sure if it has been enlarged too much or inherent with the phone capture. Could you replace the sky?   Posted: 03/11/2023 22:44:32

John Roach   John Roach
Stan, I agree with some of the other comments and particularly the pixelation in various areas. The overall facade does seem to reflect some lens distortion and even when I tried to adjust it Lightroom, I had trouble getting the main entrance facade and the tower to align using aspect ratio and horizontal adjustments. Despite that, I like the image for its interesting tone, composition and included elements that provide a sense of story, place and interest.   Posted: 03/18/2023 13:11:52

Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
It's all been said. I, too, like the composition with the figures on the left and the seating on the right framing, or bringing the eye onto the image. The only distortion I see might be with the top of the tower. Cannot see the pixilation on my laptop, but the white halo is evident. What I particularly like is the muted tone which seems to suit the subject, so I would not add contrast to this beautiful scene.   Posted: 03/27/2023 01:28:33