Architectural photo at Gloucester Cathedral featuring ancient crypt with robot sculpture art installation…It was only possible to get this much detail by using bracketing… It seems that the release of Adobe Lightroom CC has re-kindled the fiery debate regarding single exposures vs bracketing, HDR vs digital blending.
Architectural photo at Gloucester Cathedral featuring organ, choir stalls and mosaic aisle. Sometimes you’re just lucky. Before I entered this area of the church, there had been a choir practicing and they had left the lights on. Thankfully, I was able to get the HDR bracket done just before the warden came to switch them off!
Picture 1: St. Edmundsbury Cathedral Church (Facing east)
By focussing on architectural photography, specifically church photography I have found four main factors that have contributed to improving my photography. They have also elicited positive feelings I hadn’t expected and motivated me to continue photographing more churches and cathedrals.
Since rekindling my passion for photography I’ve found myself returning to cathedrals and churches again and again, (and again) to take photographs, but why?
Well, my mother is happy as she thinks I’ll find God, whereas my wife is worried, as she thinks I want to be a monk.
When I stopped by in this church it was clear that to capture the full dynamic range of this scene required HDR capture. This meant I would have to bracket my shots. I took enough brackets to ensure that I had the desired amount of detail in the highlights and shadows, as well as ensuring that nothing was blown out (use those blinkies & histogram :-D).
Notes on Prague as promised… Going on holiday with my wife and taking the camera along (not the other way around) can quickly turn into a photographic journey where you’re always in the right place at the wrong time. But you know that something is going wrong when you’re sitting in a coffee shop supposedly relaxing, but hearing a nagging voice in your ear (that isn’t your wife’s) saying, ‘Come on man, it’s the golden hour, you could be getting some great shots now, what are you doing here sipping coffee?
I’m really curious to know as it seems to ‘suffer’ what I think is a misunderstood stereotype. Even professional ‘togs dismiss it as some breed of OVER-processed, OVER-saturated beast who is ousted from ‘pure’ photographic circles.
I recently met up with a new friend of mine for coffee who has been in the photography industry for just over 45 years.