LuAnn Thatcher  

Historic Church by LuAnn Thatcher

October 2021 - Historic Church

October 2021 - LuAnn Thatcher


About the Image(s)

This photo was an experiment in sky replacement. I live by this 100-year-old church and always found it to be fascinating. I used to attend service there, and the interior was worn but well maintained considering its age. I have always been a purist photographer; I would never dream of replacing a sky. But, after taking PSA's Photoshop class with Tom Pickering (excellent instructor), the sky replacement idea was something I had to try.

I had no space to photograph this church, so I used a prime wide-angle lens and shot low. The angle I used was to include the sky.

Camera: Fujifilm XT4, 16mm f/1.4 fuji lens, ISO 640, 1/250s, f/14

6 comments posted

Michael Hrankowski   Michael Hrankowski
Hi LuAnn. Good on you for trying something new! I, personally, think the sky replacement feature in PS is amazing. (Hopefully you've had a chance to download all the new skies that Adobe just released). I think your image documents well this old church. Your wide angle lens and low camera angle accentuate the height of the steeple and draws my eye up to the sky (Heaven). I think inclusion of the trees on either side makes a nice frame, further directing the eye to the center-top. Your chosen sky gives me a sunny, cheerful feeling and makes me think of the sky animations in the movie "UP". With regard to the sky and speaking from my own experience, it is advantageous to match the sky as closely as possible to the lighting and exposure of the main subject / foreground…and this is often easier said than done. In your image I feel there is a mismatch. You might consider a couple ways to achieve balance: 1. Play around with the adjustment sliders in the sky replacement window. There are separate sliders for the sky and the foreground and balance can sometimes be achieved by this alone. 2. Separately, brighten up the church. 3. Decrease the highlights in the clouds and decrease the blue saturation / luminance to match the luminance of the sky in your original image. Overall, I do think a sky replacement was the right choice and is an improvement over your original image. [I would like to start a discussion on our Bulletin Board around the question: "Under what circumstances is it appropriate to alter an image?]   Posted: 10/02/2021 10:13:19
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thanks for your thoughts, Michael. I will have to look at balancing brightness more.

I believe you can start a discussion on the bulletin board anytime. Let me know if you run into a problem. A topic on altering images sounds interesting.

LT   Posted: 10/04/2021 15:36:52
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Hi LuAnn. I agree with Michael's comments. I have trouble adjusting my photos when I use the sky replacement in Photoshop. I wanted to see if I could use some of Michael's suggestions on your photo. I just used the sliders in the dialogue box and didn't do anything else. Let me know what you think. Your photograph is very inviting into the old Church. The angle in which you took invites one to go right up the stairs and try the door! The trees make a beautiful frame.   Posted: 10/06/2021 15:08:55
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LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Thanks for your comments, Mary Ann.

I agree with you; I still needed to balance the light of the sky and the building. Your example edit does a great job of showing that I can achieve balance with minimal adjustments.

Thanks for the help,
LT   Posted: 10/07/2021 14:13:36
Mary Ann Carrasco   Mary Ann Carrasco
Michael, I am very much interested in the discussion you have suggested about when it is appropriate to alter an image. We started this discussion in September 2020 in the dialogue under the photo I submitted that month and I would very much like to discuss further.   Posted: 10/06/2021 15:13:48

Kieu-Hanh Vu   Kieu-Hanh Vu
LuAnn, The sky replacement makes the church more beautiful! It's nice to have a chance to apply the technique you have learned in PS class and makes something different. I am surprised that the way you captured the image with the wide angle lens does not create the perspective issue.
I agree with Michael that the replaced sky needs some adjustments so that it can be blended well with the scene.
The trees on both sides you used to frame the church are a nice choice to narrow the view to the main subject. Although you have said that you had no space for the shot, I wish to see more of the trees as a frame, or I'd prefer to have a shot of the church without the trees.   Posted: 10/16/2021 09:45:08


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