Architectual Photography Photo Critique
Cades Cove Methodist Church
by Martin Alpert
Category: Architectual Photography
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7
Lens: Zoom: Variable focal
Description: Really a travel photo. How ageless and timeless it is. Looks great it color and bette see all >
Really a travel photo. How ageless and timeless it is. Looks great it color and better in B&W. I've toned it and burned the edges slightly. Is it good enough for competition?
Subject of photo
Composition & Perspective
Use of camera, exposure & speed
Color & Lighting
Depth of field
I think you did a great job of finding this empty church. Always a good subject.
The large empty walls are haunting. Makes me wonder just what type of service goes on in there? I cropped the image via a screenshot as I think you have too much ceiling. If you'd like to see it, send an email and I'll shoot it back to you.
Although it is difficult to tell at this size, the focus appears to be appropriate.
Seems to me like you nailed the technical aspects with the exception of I think the back of the pews are too dark. I find this a bit distracting especially when compared to the rest of the tonal range in the image. This is being VERY nitpicky just so you know.
The way you have handled this image is very evocative of the olden days. Your comment about it being timeless is spot on. In my opinion.
Overall a very nice photo and definitely suitable for competition. I would lighten the very dark areas of the pews and perhaps crop the top off. Well done.
How to improve your photo
Always have in mind that the camera (really point-of-view) is dynamic and floating. In other words make sure you always shoot the same subject from three perspectives: eye-level, ground-level and as high up as you can muster. You'll be amazed at how camera height affects the emotional import of an image.
The toning of the edges into a lighter tone is superb. Now try to lighten the very dark areas so the balance is a little more subtle. This is a subtle image and the tones need to be subtle. (In my opinion)
I'm a believer in judicious cropping and in this case I think less white walls makes for a more compelling overall image.
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