Gerhard Geldenhuys  

Old Chapel by Gerhard Geldenhuys

June 2021 - Old Chapel

June 2021 - Gerhard Geldenhuys


About the Image(s)

My submission for June 2021 is of an old Chapel which I did in PScc and used the oil paint and different blend modes to give the desired result.

4 comments posted

Terry Clark   Terry Clark
I like the effect you used on this image, it does look painterly. I like that you shot it a slight angle which gives view of the openings in the foyer which give that area much more interest than a flat view.
I think the sign on the right detracts from the central area of interest. You might try Cloning that out an see how it looks. I would also suggest cropping the right and left edges to focus interest on the center. In fact a tight crop with just a remaining edge of the bracketing tree on the left and maybe removing half the tree on right would really bring out the neat details like the arch and gate.

  Posted: 06/14/2021 12:04:00

Cindy Gosselin   Cindy Gosselin
I love the textures that your processing choices have created in this image. Since my eye is drawn to the textures in the sky, church and sign, I would suggest some cropping to enhance those elements. I might crop about a third off the left - keep some of the fence and the wonderful open gate in the image. For me, the open gate serves as a leading line into the church. On the right, I would suggest a crop just to the right of the sign. I love the textures of the sign, so would leave that in. So, although both Terry and I suggest different cropping strategies, try both suggestions to see if you prefer any cropping.   Posted: 06/17/2021 08:30:02

Pat Centeno   Pat Centeno
Gerhard, this is such an interesting scene with so many areas of interest!
After reading Terry's comment, I have to agree that the sign takes away some of the impact of the church. However, I wouldn't want to see it cloned out, just darkened, toned-down so that it doesn't jump out at the viewer's eye so much. I feel that the sign does add something important to the scene, but it's too bright. Also, is there any way you could enhance the detail in the round emblem over the door, say, on a layer in Photoshop? That embossed circle looked interesting in the original.
While I do like the stucco look on the church and trees, I wish you had done something a bit softer on the sky and clouds so that they'd look smoother, less "scratchy".
  Posted: 06/21/2021 13:45:10

Gerhard Geldenhuys   Gerhard Geldenhuys
Thank you all for your much appreciated comments and suggestions.   Posted: 06/22/2021 03:18:31


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