I am getting the hang of this now.
I timed myself. One minute 30 seconds.
- Preset High Structure harsh
- Structure 100%
- Dynamic brightness 13%
- Yellow Filter
- Vignette end falloff 1
Pretty good going. Of course there is a lot of time invested in the base image that I edited in Nik Silver Efex Pro. I could try, thinking about it, and edit an image straight out of camera in Nik Silver Efex Pro. I think I will give that a go. Note added to Wunderlist.
Back to the image. This picture of the ceiling of San Sebastian Cathedral is all about the structure.
I am pleased to have captured this image such that I have symmetry all around. I couldn’t possibly have captured the whole of this enormous structure, so decided to concentrate on this section.
Sometimes it is better to focus on one part of a subject, and try not to capture everything. Images where you are trying to show too much can become uninteresting, confusing even. You need to be able to provide a clear subject in a photograph, a clear point of interest.
Yes, this ceiling could be anywhere (in theory) but that is not the point. The point is the structure.
This is a strong image that stands alone. It tells the story of the vastness and uniformity of the structure of one of Europe’s great cathedrals.
That was my goal with this picture.
And now I am going to digress.
I want to say a few words about two features. One in my camera. One in Lightroom. Stick with me – it will make sense honest.
My Canon 6D is a bit old now. There must surely be a Canon 6D Mark 2 on the way now. It was the first Canon DSLR to have GPS built-in. And it is very very handy. Check out the Canon website to read more about my camera of choice at http://www.canon.co.uk/for_home/product_finder/cameras/digital_slr/eos_6d/
And in Adobe Lightroom, the Map Module. Yes, combine these two features and you never need to take a note of where a photo is taken. Which is great when you get back from a two-week road trip stopping at multiple destinations, sometimes more than one in a day!
You can find you all about Adobe Lightroom at http://www.adobe.com/uk/products/photoshop-lightroom.html
I remember visiting this cathedral well. But a year on, was it San Sebastian or Bordeaux? I had similar issues with other images, but thankfully these two features together gave me definitive locations.
That’s all from me for now. Well apart from my image of the week for this week which you will be able to see her eon my blog at 6pm – yes it is Friday already!
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Friday 7th October 2016