Frans Gunterus  

[Fly] by Frans Gunterus

September 2020 - [Fly]

September 2020 - Frans Gunterus


About the Image(s)

Most of my photography friends in a Local Photo Club went for photo hunting to get images to follow Photo Contests. They changed lenses on the fly, they prepared sturdy tripod for long exposure and they chased for a specific angle that have not been taken by others. They sometime even willing to jeopardize their own safety for the sake of getting something different.

That was not me. My wife and I went for a tour to enjoy our retirement time to see famous and beautiful spots. Image for this month is Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona, Spain. We went there in 2014. It is impossible to change lens or set a tripod in the middle of the busy tourist spots like this. I reproduce this image after years of struggling learning how to post process images in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Sagrada Familia, Barcelona “ Spain. Canon EOS 6D, 1/160 sec at f4.5. ISO 500, 24 mm (EF 24-105 f/4 L IS USM)

12 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
I am very excited to see this fine shot of the interior of the Sagrada Familia, as all the shots I have seen of it are from the outside. I hope to go there someday.
Here is a thought. It looks like you could not take in all of the ceiling in your image. So I suggest making a larger finished image by adding a mirrored copy of your image to the original. Here is a sample of one way to do that. One might want to be careful to be true to the original scene, but that is not required if you choose to be creative. What do you think?   Posted: 09/02/2020 12:22:31
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Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Stephan Levitas my dear friend. What an awesome suggestion. I promised you to reproduce my image as you suggested and I believe this would catch one or two juries attention. Hopefully, it would more than just Accepted. It's perfectly suitable for Color Open. I really appreciate your suggestion for creativity. Thank you so much Steve.   Posted: 09/03/2020 06:11:53
Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Hello Frans,
I am happy that you like the suggestion. It works very well for your situation. One caution, the image you flip must be perfectly rectilinear so that the mirror image looks OK. For my sample of your image, I used PS to "skew" the image very slightly to get it ready for mirroring. Entire process just took a few minutes.   Posted: 09/03/2020 12:59:37
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Steve, you are one of the best photography coach in my life. You don't criticize but you inspired and give me a challenge. I have just finished reproducing the image and make it BW. I am waiting for my group friends opinion here. Thanks Steve the Coach.   Posted: 09/03/2020 21:32:25
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Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Thank you, Frans, it was just a lucky hit that I had used this technique and could pass it on. Glad it works for you.   Posted: 09/03/2020 22:58:52
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Hi Steve, I've just realized there is a specific photography genre dealing with reflection and symmetry. Thanks for 'inviting' me to this new fun in photography!   Posted: 09/21/2020 01:08:19

Lamar Nix   Lamar Nix
This is quite a fascinating image ! The columns of this grand cathedral appear in this perspective as the many legs on an "insect".
And I applaud your methodology: there is much to be said in favor of the simple approach to creative photography.
Of the variations presented, I tend to favor the original and the black and white versions. The featured image appears to my eye to have a "processed" look. The black & white version I see as a better representation of the essential features of what I imagine the cathedral might look like in person. The color gradations in the original better convey a sense of depth than does the B&W.
It is all very solid photography - vantage point, composition, and exposure. Well done!
  Posted: 09/17/2020 12:49:52
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
Lamar, Thanks for your comments.   Posted: 09/21/2020 00:36:09

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
Wow.... Frans, another great image!
I have seen a lot of old churches and cathedral domes from this perspective. All of them were very nice but nothing came close to this more modern look of the Sagrada Familia ceiling.
Fantastic image, composition, colors, focus, etc... despite being handheld in a middle of a crowd!   Posted: 09/17/2020 15:49:26
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
One of my friends has 16 mm lens so he can shot much wider portion of the ceiling. Thanks for your comments Pierre.   Posted: 09/21/2020 00:38:18

Todd Paige   Todd Paige
Hi Frans,

This is a fantastic image, Stephen's mirror image technique really works well in this situation. I think the color and B&W are both strong but I'll give a slight edge to the B&W!

Todd   Posted: 09/17/2020 18:27:22
Frans Gunterus   Frans Gunterus
I agree with you Todd, Stephens recommendation was beyond my imagination. I agree with your recommendation to add a slight edge on the B&W. By the way, how would you normally do in photoshop? Thanks Todd.   Posted: 09/21/2020 00:47:43


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