Ed Ford  

Trinity Colldge Libraryu by Ed Ford

May 2022 - Trinity Colldge Libraryu

About the Image(s)

Why I chose the image:

This told me the story of the interest in our history. The photo was taken in the Trinity College Library in Dublin, IR. It is in the same area as the display of the Book of Kells. I liked the sense of people looking back at history, perhaps looking as what we can learn so as not to make the same mistakes again.

Coupled with the story is the symmetry of the area with the alcoves of books on either side leading my eye deeper into the image. I particularly liked the presence of the people giving an economy of scale to see the size of the area. And then there is the vaulted roof in the architecture of the hall. All of these worked together for me

9 comments posted

Kirsti Näntö-Salonen   Kirsti Näntö-Salonen
Hi Ed! I think that the image mediates the magnificence of the library in a wonderful way. You have used the symmetry, perspective and light to create a huge sense of depth in the composition, one feels like standing there among the crowd gaping at the roof above. The two persons in the front who kind of complement the busts on the pedestals, seem to open the scene for the viewer. I think that this is fine tribute to libraries and knowledge.   Posted: 05/11/2022 06:46:51
Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Thank you for your comments Kristi. That was exactly what I wanted the image to do.   Posted: 05/20/2022 15:20:43

Jeff Manser   Jeff Manser
Beautiful architecture and stacks and stacks of books - what an amazing place this must have been to visit! The exposure on the books seemed a little washed-out to me. I tried pulling down the exposure using the tone curve in Lightroom and for my taste, thought it made a positive difference. (That change would have necessitated slightly lightening a couple of other parts of the image.)   Posted: 05/11/2022 10:55:14
Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Thanks for your input. I tried making some changes based upon the inputs of others in the group. Please let me know what you think.   Posted: 05/20/2022 15:27:39
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Robert Cordivari   Robert Cordivari
I love the composition of the photo and not only the natural symmetry but also the way the women on each side of the photo balance one another out.

Maybe some contrast tweaking? The first busts on each side of the photo look a little washed out. And maybe try running it through one of the sharpening tools - I assume you shot this handheld but you didn't mention the camera setting.

And, I also love the square format - it's perfect for the composition. Really nice photo.   Posted: 05/13/2022 08:39:08
Ed Ford   Ed Ford
Thanks for the input Robert. Please see my version included with my response to Jeff. I would be interested in any thoughts you might choose to share.   Posted: 05/20/2022 15:28:46

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
This is well done, Ed. I do think Jeff and Bob have a good point about the contrast and tone. I agree tht the blacks are a bit week. I would be surprised if there were sharp disagreement with my next comment: I think there is too much that is unimportant. I would crop the top even to the penultimate distant arch in the ceiling. Thei mpact of the photo is result of the the people, the busts and the thousands of books The ceiling I feel doesn't add enough to be amajor element in the photo   Posted: 05/19/2022 21:30:20
Ed Ford   Ed Ford
I won't disagree with your thoughts. In fact I struggled with the crop from the original, including having to change the perspective that a wide angle lens gave the image. I chose to leave it as it was in order to give a more full sense of the context in which I found both the image and myself - a sense of the vastness of the library.

Thank you for your suggestions.   Posted: 05/20/2022 15:18:54

Albert Zabin   Albert Zabin
Ed: I meant to say I would be surprised if there were NOT sharp disagreement.   Posted: 05/22/2022 12:20:30


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