Tom Buckard  


RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL by Tom Buckard

September 2021 - RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL

About the Image(s)

This image is of Catedral Ortodoxa Rusa “ which means Russian Orthodox Cathedral. It is located at the corner of San Pedro and Santa Clara Avenues on the river front in Old Havana, Cuba. Much to my surprise unlike most building in Old Havana which are hundreds of years old, this cathedral was new, built in 2008. As you may know Havana is loaded with old American cars that are powered by Russian diesels. These cars would go flying by the Cathedral and I managed to get this image.

Image was shot hand held with a Nikon D850 with a AF-S Nikkor 28-300 lens. Shot at 1/320 of a second


9 comments posted




Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
I keep looking at this image and just think it needs something. I added some street to the bottom and it helps a little. Still it needs more?   Posted: 09/05/2021 12:05:36
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Mary Walsh   Mary Walsh
Tom, I really like all the curves in the building that you captured from the angle you used. Also like the high contrast of the the pink car against all the white. I think giving the building a little more "breathing room" by adding some street helped. The sky is beautiful against the domes, especially the gold one. To me, one of the things that is difficult about the shot is the building seems huge in proportion to the dinky little tree that is planted in front of it.   Posted: 09/06/2021 10:16:17



Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I'm afraid to say anything except that it is great because you are such a good photographer! I too love the bright car and the fact that it is sharp. The one thing that bothers me is that it looks like it should be white, not gray. Was it really that color? I guess I agree with Mary that it could have a little more space on the left and maybe less on the right so the car would have more space in front of it. However, that may have been impossible.   Posted: 09/06/2021 10:49:50



Lloyd Delaney   Lloyd Delaney
Tom,
The image seems to have very little contrast. Is the building actually white and the camera made it more of a neutral grey? The old Chevy is great and if you caught it sooner the composition might be better. Maybe you have a different shot? I like your addition of more street. Good job.   Posted: 09/07/2021 16:11:42



Bev Caine   Bev Caine
Tom, I also felt it is missing something so I did a non destructive layer mask and dealt with the gray on the main building. I also touched up the car just a tad and I think it's an improvement - what is your take on the result.   Posted: 09/09/2021 20:40:24
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Bev Caine   Bev Caine
Tom, I also felt it is missing something so I did a non destructive layer mask and dealt with the gray on the main building. I also touched up the car just a tad and I think it's an improvement - what is your take on the result.   Posted: 09/09/2021 20:40:24
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Tom Buckard   Tom Buckard
Bev, I like it a lot more after your improvement. I just don't think it will ever be a competition image. I think I was just too close and there is too much to look at. No real focal point. Good record shot though. Thank for trying.   Posted: 09/11/2021 14:02:21
Bev Caine   Bev Caine
Sometimes it's worth a shot. Those that I think are my best shots sometimes die a rough death and those desperation shots come out smelling like a rose.   Posted: 09/11/2021 14:44:25



Margaret Sprott   Margaret Sprott
I like Bev's changes so the building is white. I think I would crop off the right part (up to the main building) and I like Tom's addition of more street at the bottom. I would not throw it out.   Posted: 09/12/2021 14:24:55



 

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