John Roach  

St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church by John Roach

September 2021 - St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church

September 2021 - John Roach


About the Image(s)

Image was captured in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, USA with a Sony DSC-HX90V in July 2021 at 18.53mm (108mm for 35mm equivalent), ISO 80, 1/200, f/5.6, Lightroom and DxO Nik Silver Efex for a vintage look.

11 comments posted

Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I do like historic buildings depicted in a way like this. I wouldn't like to see them all done this way, churches can look very grand in simple mono, but some like this are very nice.

In this case, I think the leaves on the left obscure and dominate rather too much. Cropping won't help, only a different viewpoint from further forwards to peep out from the gap a bit more. I don't know if that was possible, of course. Also, I wonder why the base of the building has been omitted - a bit like a portrait with its feed cut off. From the focal length `I see you were a distance off, so perhaps you were juggling the overall picture as if you couldn't get closer. A shorter focal length, whilst seeing more of the vertical, would have added more leaves to the sides. Perhaps a portrait orientation would have worked?   Posted: 09/05/2021 02:22:54
John Roach   John Roach
This church had limited view due to trees around the area I was standing from virtually every vantage point with roof tops below and a railroad bridge that runs at the bottom edge of the frame just below it. The church was on a hill. This Is pretty much all that a person can see of the church unless waking up the hill in front of the church which was several blocks in another direction. I like the framed through view, but admit the vantage point problematic for viewing more of the church.   Posted: 09/05/2021 07:52:23
Stuart Ord   Stuart Ord
I've just been discussing a drone photograph in group 4. That would get round the problem! ;-)   Posted: 09/05/2021 14:56:40
John Roach   John Roach
No interest in Drones, besides in this case, photography was secondary for it was a get away trip with my wife and I was using her camera, while out walking through the National Park in Harper's Ferry, that I gave her a few years ago.   Posted: 09/05/2021 17:34:15

Don York   Don York
The left half of the image is tree leaves. I would have ducked under or been on the ground for this shot. I feel the church and steeple look compressed?   Posted: 09/06/2021 13:02:57
John Roach   John Roach
Well, by zooming in, it does compress it. Regarding ducking under or being even on the ground, then tree branches between the railroad bridge and the hill would have obscured all but the top most part of the steeple. An alternative might be to crop on the left, but I liked the branches and leaves and yet getting some sense of the rest of the church behind them. Perhaps, it was one of those images that required some other alternative crops or just be satisfied with what I got and leave it at that. It is not an image I would submit in a contest, but certainly would be in a personal portfolio of churches.   Posted: 09/06/2021 14:00:50

Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
I enjoy your image. My suggestion is to minimize the contrast by brightening the leaves to your taste. I suggest making the leaves on the right brighter than those on the left. Cropping the right to a portrait format would help too.
I like to visit there.   Posted: 09/08/2021 15:01:12
John Roach   John Roach
Thanks, Jerry. I like your suggestions.   Posted: 09/08/2021 15:33:15
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Another idea is to increase the contrast a bit, only for the building.   Posted: 09/08/2021 19:55:33
Jerry Funk   Jerry Funk
Another idea is to increase the contrast a bit, only for the building.   Posted: 09/09/2021 08:37:31

Jerry Snyder   Jerry Snyder
You have framed the church nicely with the foreground leaves. The bright framework on the steeple contrasts well against the grey/sepia sky. One leaf ends abruptly at the roof line which gave it a pasted-in appearance on first glance. I would have liked the silhouette of the leaf to end above or below the roof line.   Posted: 09/09/2021 17:39:14


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