Lee Ann Stamm  


Basilica of St. Francis Xavier  by Lee Ann Stamm

June 2022 - Basilica of St. Francis Xavier

About the Image(s)

This is an image inside the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier that is located in the small town of Dyersville, Iowa. The challenge was that the entire church is loaded with detail. I cropped this down to focus primarily on the center altar. The side window lights aid in drawing the eye to the middle. Feedback definitely welcome. Camera settings on the Sony 27r iv were 26mm, 1/60 sec, f4, ISO 4000


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4 comments posted




Ham Hayes   Ham Hayes
Lee Ann, Very nice colors, exposure and tonal range! I agree there's an immense amount of detail, perhaps so much that the beauty and story of the central element, the altar, is understated. Tighter framing/cropping might help if that's your intention. I really like what you captured of the ceiling and altar canopy as well.   Posted: 06/06/2022 11:47:46



Helen Sweet   Helen Sweet
A beautiful basilica, Lee Ann. I agree with Ham (and you) about the abundance of detail. Could you have gotten in front of the objects on either side to just shoot the altar? Getting the top detail then might have required a wider lens than you had or taking several horizontal images and merging them.   Posted: 06/14/2022 19:00:58



Peter Cheung   Peter Cheung
Beautiful capture and details. Another challenge of the shot is how to deal with distortion and perspective of interior architecture, but I think you handle it very well. The windows are overexposed. You can try exposure bracketing to take multiple shots with different exposure settings, and then merge them together using lightroom or photoshop so that the windows and the interior will be in correct exposure.   Posted: 06/18/2022 16:36:41



Peter Curcio   Peter Curcio
I love church images for many reasons most of all the detail. Much detail here. I think it a little over exposed, especially the windows. I would also highlight the reds and blues to accentuate the statues at the top of the altar.   Posted: 06/19/2022 08:19:07