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Somerford Keynes - All Saints

Just another country church.

On the site/foundations of a Saxon Church - the structure appears to be based around a 13'th century nave with the usual additions alterations in later centuries.










E-3, 11-22, Photomatix, The GIMP. 5 exposures at 1ev bracketted for exterior shots. 8-10 for interior.

There are a few more shots for those few who venture into The Gallery.

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Re: Somerford Keynes - All Saints

All good stuff IMHO. I think the turning leaves add quite a bit to the exterior shots. The interior ones have a nice wide range of tones (though I think the first interior could have the blacks very slightly darker). They all give a great sense of place.

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Re: Somerford Keynes - All Saints

Ahh - the question of the blacks again, are shadows really black (except when you have a single intense oblique light source), maybe we'd just like them black.

I'm glad there is at least a small audience for my church shots - as I treat them as 'record' photography. A technical exercise to illustrate the mood/appearance of the church at typical visiting time - rather than an opportunity to create 'startling' images.

(Though I think I'll go back and play with those criss/cross window shadows).

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Ahh - the question of the blacks again, are shadows really black (except when you have a single intense oblique light source), maybe we'd just like them black.

I'm glad there is at least a small audience for my church shots - as I treat them as 'record' photography. A technical exercise to illustrate the mood/appearance of the church at typical visiting time - rather than an opportunity to create 'startling' images.

(Though I think I'll go back and play with those criss/cross window shadows).

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Yes, I will admit I am quite sensitive to the way that black is shown in pictures. I suspect its a result of all those years in the home darkroom producing a 12x16 masterpiece that turned out to be just another Muddy Print in the cold light of day.

There is a theory that our eyesign benefits from a bit of black in a scene. It helps us to define the colour range in our brains.

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Yes, I will admit I am quite sensitive to the way that black is shown in pictures. I suspect its a result of all those years in the home darkroom producing a 12x16 masterpiece that turned out to be just another Muddy Print in the cold light of day.

There is a theory that our eyesign benefits from a bit of black in a scene. It helps us to define the colour range in our brains.

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Well yes - ideally an image should have a black point and a white point, giving a colour curve that covers the whole range with a relatively central peak, maybe just slightly offset to give the mood. That's the rules - but is it the reality?

England is a northern country of rain and clouds - the sun is often subdued and colours often mixed and muted. We are a muddy country - crisp only on a handful of days. Should I impose the reality of a Top Gear photoshoot; crisp, dramatic, and like its editorial, heavily skewed?

Isn't what we see more often pastel than primary. Doesn't the muted suit the English mood?

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Fair comment. No - lets not have Top Gear photography where it's not needed

However, today is as grey as it comes. No hard shadows, no sunlight, raining at present. Even so there are parts of the trading estate view out of the window that I should like to be black. Underneath that vandalised car for instance. Not loads of black, just a moment here and there...

Maybe its just me :-)

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Nick.

I rather like this series, is it a particular project? The interiors are very good.

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Re: Somerford Keynes - All Saints

I really like the interior shots in this series.I sometimes feel a bit intimidated to comment on your own and quite a few others contributions.Streets ahead of me .Something to aim for however.Regards Iain
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I rather like this series, is it a particular project? The interiors are very good.

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Thank you. Is it a particular project - other than a self set one to cover all the local village churches (say those within about half an hour or so). More of a 'discipline' than a project - particularly as I'm aiming for illustration rather than 'art' shots. Slowly I'm improving my technique to reach that objective.

Iain - thank you. Church shots with hdr (and a tripod) are not that hard to do although the post processing is quite time consumming as there isn't anything like a single 'right' set of photomatix settings.


You can see how my style and approach has changed in the couple of years I've been doing this at

http://www.temple-fry.co.uk/church/index.htm

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