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Through the gap mono

I shot this church when in Riga there is no space round the front to get a shot so I decided to embrace the odd angle what do you think.


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Re: Through the gap mono

Hi there Alf!

Great photo! I think I might have been tempted to try another step to the right to try and not have the building on the left impinging on the tower, but I love the sky and the perspective in the shot!

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Re: Through the gap mono

I think it is a really great composition, Alf, indeed possibly better than had you shot it from the front. The foreground figure lends scale to the immensity of the tower.
Well you know my thoughts on mono well enough so I need not labour them further, however the sharpening halo around the tower is a little worrisome, which can be averted by selective sharpening - but maybe it was a halo intended to express holiness?
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Re: Through the gap mono

Well Alf, you have asked what we think.......
And I'm afraid this one misses the mark with me. I don't care for the composition and those wires are just too darn distracting.
Like the mono treatment though.
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Re: Through the gap mono

A good decision Alf. The wires could do with being removed but the idea of embracing the gap is a good one. As someone else said could you step to the right to stop the building overlapping the tower?

A very worthwhile shot.

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Re: Through the gap mono

Thanks for all the comments I will sort out a new edit later the halo is from recovering the sky in PS
I will get rid of the wire too I think. Cities in this part of Europe have wires everywhere as many of the street lights are suspeded above the streets on wires. I did this edit when I was tired
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Re: Through the gap mono

I have sorted a couple of issues I think so here is an edit.


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Re: Through the gap mono

That's a lot better Alf, makes for a good shot.
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That's a lot better Alf, makes for a good shot.
Thanks John and an example of why we should tell someone what wrong as well as what right.
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Re: Through the gap mono

I can see all the corrections suggested. Not prior to reading all the comments I'll admit. A very good subject, thanks for sharing.
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I can see all the corrections suggested. Not prior to reading all the comments I'll admit. A very good subject, thanks for sharing.
I hope you can learn from the exercise mate and thanks for the comment.
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Re: Through the gap mono

Alf,
I like the idea of shooting between the buildings to give some sense of location and you have made a cracking shot from it. But I couldn't embrace the strange angle in this particular instance so to see what it would be like I rotated it so the centre vertical of the church was just beyond true vertical (it looked better that way), applied some distortion to reduce the tilt effect, and cropped to just above the spire to open out the sky a bit (its the sort of thing I do to my own photos sometimes). I could post if you wish (I'll have to do it again but this time save the result).

I see you were shooting at 12mm to try and get it all in !
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I see you were shooting at 12mm to try and get it all in !
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Thats a two shots taken at 12mm stitched together to get it all in and no croping to speak of.
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Re: Through the gap mono

Alf, never noticed the stich. Well concealed.

Here is my my edit, details as above:

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Re: Through the gap mono

Good angle to take given the restrictions you had, as has already been mentioned the halos are a spoiler for the image.

Just a suggestion but if you can change the colour space of the photo to LAB Colour mode this separates the Luminosity to the Colour, choose the channels and select the L luminosity then apply the unsharp mask filter to taste, You will be looking at a Black and White image BTW, then change the colour mode back to RGB and you should see a vast improvement in the look of the photo.

Let me know how you get on Alf.

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