Bill Foy  

Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis du Marais by Bill Foy

November 2020 - Eglise Saint-Paul Saint-Louis du Marais

November 2020 - Bill Foy


About the Image(s)

This image was made a few years ago during a walk in the Marais District of Paris. I was surprised by the brightness of the original as I remembered the church being rather dark, then I noticed I had bumped ISO to 800. I converted the image to monochrome, and adjusted the brightness and straightened the image in Photoshop. Nikon D300s, Sigma 10-20mm lens @ 20mm, f/8, 1/15, ISO-800, handheld, no flash.

7 comments posted

Ata Kemal Sahin   Ata Kemal Sahin
It's an impressive and unspoiled Gothic church. Probably, tall windows allow in large amounts of light. I just want to ask you why you did not stand at the entry of the nave to take this pic? As you used handheld camera, no need to discuss on exif e.g. higher aperture + lower speed. Anyway, I'm really impressed by its architecture Bill and wished to re-edit i.e. I've increased sharpness, rotated right and used black in gradients. Thanks for sharing.   Posted: 11/02/2020 05:33:00
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Haru Nagasaki   Haru Nagasaki
Hi Bill,
Thank you for sharing. This would be a difficult shot.
I myself would not be able to get as good sharpness as yours with @ 20mm with SS 1/15 handheld. So I would think you have a good shooting technique.
I also like the mood of the image. I guess you darken down entire tone because of your impression - you mentioned "I remembered the church being rather dark".
As for composition, I would raise a couple of points for consideration;
1. Have you thought about structuring symmetry composition by standing in the middle of pass - which is classic. I suspect that you wanted to avoid "classic".
2. I was wondering your intention of including large portion of floor as foreground and cut the ceiling.
I like the edit by Ata, it brought up the details. I might darken down a bit to maintain the mood though....   Posted: 11/03/2020 03:25:24
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Haru. My shooting technique when I am without a tripod is to press my elbows into my sides, take a deep breath, release a bit of it and slowing press the shutter so I don't know when the camera will capture the image. It doesn't always work. My recollection is that I'm standing in an area that separates the pews in the church. I guess I didn't think the space was very large and, obviously, still don't think it is or I would have cropped it.   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:51:55

Ying Shi   Ying Shi
Thanks for sharing. This is a scene worth shooting, but it also brings difficulty in shooting and post-production. I do agree with Ata Kemal Sahin and Haru Nagasaki.   Posted: 11/07/2020 18:27:13
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Ying.   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:52:20

Arne Skinlo   Arne Skinlo
This is a very difficult scene to shoot. When you are there and see it, you get overwhelmed by the beauty and light, but when you see the picture, it is not so great. The reason or part of the reason, is that the dynamic range of the eye is much higher than any camera so far. The problem here is that the lights are the brightest spots in the picture and take the attention from the ornaments and other beautiful details. In this case, I think I would stick to the colour version as it displays more of the atmosphere.   Posted: 11/08/2020 00:58:05
Bill Foy   Bill Foy
Thanks, Arne.   Posted: 11/10/2020 14:53:14


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