Kathleen Colligan  

Untitled by Kathleen Colligan

December 2019 - Untitled

About the Image(s)

This one is totally outside my box and comfort zone but it is very special to me. This past summer I climbed the Torre de Mangia in Siena, Italy and snapped this while going up many stairs. I was rushed and out of breath because several people were behind me. Sony Rx10iv Bridge Camera , ISO 400, F5.0 1/2000 sec I tried cropping out the walls but did not like that as much. I used some basic Lightroom tools

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15 comments posted

Xiao Cai   Xiao Cai
(Group 14)
I don't know why you used so high speed 1/2000. It looks like a cloudy day and the dark inside, so the walls look so much grainy and noises   Posted: 12/01/2019 19:36:26

Kathleen Colligan
I used Aperture Priority setting. The walls were grainy to start with but I see your point about the noise.   Posted: 12/01/2019 19:59:23

Kathleen Colligan
  Posted: 12/01/2019 20:00:58

Ruth Benson   Ruth Benson
What a beautiful image. I like the window being slightly off-centre and agree that the brick walls leading to the window benefit the image. The grid over the window seems to add interest and the subdued colours of the image are very pleasing.
If you use Lightroom you could use the "Luminance" or "Noise" tools to remove some of the noise and if you are experienced with Photoshop you could remove the most prominent part of the stucco work covering the church tower. Even without these adjustments it's a lovely photo.
  Posted: 12/01/2019 23:09:20
Kathleen Colligan
Thank you so much for your help. I will try removing some noise in lightroom. I like the idea of removing some of the stucco and will play with that in Photoshop. This kind of help is what I was hoping for when joining this group.   Posted: 12/02/2019 03:45:19

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
There is a softness to this image combined with sharpness of the subject overall that I find very pleasing. The old brink makes a nice frame on the antiquity of the scene. I was recently on tour in Italy and this is a photography I would like to have taken.   Posted: 12/01/2019 23:30:02

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
The more I contemplate your image I offer the thought that changing the ratio of framing bricks to the center subject might enhance impact. Can you crop out some of the brick, thereby enlarging the center? I think you will have that nice surround, but enable the viewer to enjoy more of the detail (like the people at the bottom) in the center of the image.   Posted: 12/02/2019 13:17:19

Kathleen Colligan
Andrew I was thinking the same thing the more I looked at it. I will try using your ideas and Ruth's in next few days. Thank you for your helpful input.

  Posted: 12/02/2019 17:27:41

Kathleen Colligan
Revision : Cropped out some of the brick and a bit on the top (?) Increased noise reduction. Suggestions?   Posted: 12/03/2019 19:24:09
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Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
This is a very nice improvement. I think it adds power to the image and yet keeps the overall framing and brings the intriguing subject more forward.   Posted: 12/03/2019 20:08:50

Kathleen Colligan
Your advice and suggestions are appreciated. Thanks

  Posted: 12/03/2019 20:18:31

Andrew Klein   Andrew Klein
This is a very nice improvement. I think it adds power to the image and yet keeps the overall framing and brings the intriguing subject more forward.   Posted: 12/03/2019 20:21:16

Laurie McShane
This is lovely, and reminds me of a watercolor. I, too, was in Siena a couple of months ago, and it really feels like you captured the magic of it with this photo. Cropping it to be more centered was a good idea, although I personally feel that the top area should have remained the same.   Posted: 12/04/2019 16:39:44

Kathleen Colligan
Thanks Laurie I agree with the top better not being cropped after you mentioned it.   Posted: 12/04/2019 18:10:41

Robin Voorhees   Robin Voorhees
I also think the top should have stayed the same. It is a very interesting image!   Posted: 12/16/2019 11:31:07