Robert Knight  


Church in Porto by Robert Knight

November 2020 - Church in Porto

November 2020 - Robert Knight

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My image was taken at a church in Porto, Portugal. I was experimenting with my wife's camera which is a Lumix FZ1000. The image was taken at ISO 6400, f8, 1/100 sec. I took the RAW file and reduced the noise which was apparent at such a high ISO. In Photoshop, I straightened the verticals, removed the intruder at the far end, slightly saturated the yellows and blues and finally did a bit of dodging and burning to tone down the highlights in the pillars and to bring out some detail in the top corners.


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8 comments posted




Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
I sense a bit of blur by the phantom visitor at the end of the aisle so maybe keeping it would not have been a problem. I kind of enjoy seeing people using churches instead of perfectly empty spaces. The straightening is inspiring (I'm still trying to figure out how to do that)but there's still some noise in the pillars. It's not as distracting as the ghost in the aisle -- but perhaps it's good to have a friendly ghost in a church!   Posted: 11/09/2020 14:05:24



Mark Sharrock   Mark Sharrock
I love the framing of this and the lighting - well done on bringing the shadows out on the left. I can definitely see some blur where the person was removed, did you use the new content aware fill? if not - that might be worth a go, it's not perfect either but it does do a better job that the traditional ways of doing it.
The colors are just great - I might warm it up a little if I was going to be picky, but to be honest I really like this shot.   Posted: 11/10/2020 15:03:19
Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
Is the "content aware fill" a feature of Photoshop? I am not a PS user but there might be something similar in Lightroom (or I might get off my seat and take some PS tutorials!). Thanks.   Posted: 11/11/2020 19:11:22
Mark Sharrock   Mark Sharrock
Content aware is in the newer photoshop versions and uses more advanced AI to replace the selected spaces. Much more advanced than cloning in Lightroom, which is great for small items, but this is a seriously useful tool. Lots of good tutorials on TY...   Posted: 11/11/2020 21:34:40
Zina Mirsky   Zina Mirsky
Thanks for the info. I'll check a tutorial and see if I can make sense of it.../z   Posted: 11/11/2020 23:09:35



Elizabeth Warkentin   Elizabeth Warkentin
What a gorgeous photo of a beautiful church! I love the composition, the light and the tones. The lines, arches and columns look straight. I don't do much architectural photography, but I know it's difficult to get everything to align properly. I'm wondering if you used a tripod here. I'm guessing you didn't since the ISO was so high. Unfortunately the image still looks quite grainy to me. Have you ever used Topaz AI Denoise? Also, it's a shame about the smudging at the back where the intruder was. Removing distractions in Photoshop can be a challenge and doesn't always work well. At least not for me. Perhaps you could have waited a bit until the person was gone? Or were there a lot of people constantly entering the frame? I agree with Mark Sharrock about warming up the temperature just a little bit, but that's more of a personal preference.   Posted: 11/13/2020 22:56:30



David Norris   David Norris
Hi Robert, I think the others have pointed out some elements to look out for, so there's no need for me to do the same. The image is a classic architectural image of a wonderful destination. What I like about your interpretation is the gorgeous color tones in the wall to the right, I feel you have highlighted this element well. I also felt the inclusion of the door on the right added interest, perhaps including the bottom of the door may add completeness but that may have been a constant of the lens you were using at the time. I also feel a liberal addition to the contrast would help create a more moody image.
  Posted: 11/29/2020 06:09:07



David Norris   David Norris
Hi Robert, I think the others have pointed out some elements to look out for, so there's no need for me to do the same. The image is a classic architectural image of a wonderful destination. What I like about your interpretation is the gorgeous color tones in the wall to the right, I feel you have highlighted this element well. I also felt the inclusion of the door on the right added interest, perhaps including the bottom of the door may add completeness but that may have been a constant of the lens you were using at the time. I also feel a liberal addition to the contrast would help create a more moody image.
  Posted: 11/29/2020 06:09:09