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Silly Tuesday (problem edition)

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 4 June 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Silly me!
The problem was, in photographing St. John's Presbyterian church in Beach Road, South Shields I was afraid of stepping back far enough whilst framing the shot. I was already on the kerb and in danger of stepping into a busy road right next to the Town Hall. Really I ought to have shot this from the far side of the road when the traffic was a bit lighter.......but silly me had to take it there and then!
I knew that at the short end of this lens that I'd have converging verticals and that I'd need to use the lens correction filter in Photoshop to straighten it up but I was too hasty in framing the shot. If I hadn't have been so silly I would have framed it with FAR MORE SPACE around the building, that way when Photoshop had finished working its magic tricks, I could have cropped the image WITHOUT losing so much around the sides.
A silly lesson firmly learned today.
Three frames on auto braketing processed in Photomatix and Nik Color Efex.

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FinePix HS30EXR 1/450 second F/8.0 ISO 400 5 mm

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PascalXLD from Rennes, France

Une belle église

Bonne journée

4 Jun 2013 5:23am

Navin Harish from Noida, India

Nice cropping. Great HDR

4 Jun 2013 5:30am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

A good lesson to all of us, still a great shot

4 Jun 2013 5:54am

Bruce from Tacoma, United States

Actually - I think it is a nice shot. Interesting angle and great detail.

4 Jun 2013 5:58am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Your are fortunate - for some of us, every day is a Tuesday, Curly . .

4 Jun 2013 6:35am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Far more interesting than the original !

4 Jun 2013 6:38am

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

I think it's a nice shot.

4 Jun 2013 6:39am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

In a photo line up I could identify this as a Curly shot any day.....so distinctive.

4 Jun 2013 6:47am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

I understand your problem perfectly, my photographers inattention has nearly got me run over more than once and the last most memorable was shooting the graffiti in Bristol a recumbent cycle nearly had my ankles out Happy Silly Tuesday

4 Jun 2013 7:06am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent process 5***

4 Jun 2013 8:45am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I like the colour range here. A nice feel to it.

4 Jun 2013 9:03am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel rendu sur la pierre et cadrage fantastique image et compo avec les branches.
Belle journée

4 Jun 2013 9:17am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

A striking comparison wit the original

4 Jun 2013 9:25am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb treatment and I like how the bare tree branches add to the atmosphere.

4 Jun 2013 9:58am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Personally I like it like it is:)

4 Jun 2013 10:34am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice processing !

4 Jun 2013 12:26pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

That's how it is. The whole of life is learning new things in those things that we think we already know how to do.

4 Jun 2013 1:20pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Splendide avec ce traitement, je la préfère à l'original !!! Belle journée.

4 Jun 2013 1:33pm

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

It's never to late to learn a new lesson ... and despite the editing problem it's a superb photo, the difference with the original is impressive ... the HDR treatment is fabulous !!!

4 Jun 2013 1:37pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

Well it's a superb shot I think! And great processing too!

4 Jun 2013 2:28pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

I like this fun curly-esque shot and creation. Warm and wonderful rich shades of stone and the shadow on the edge do serve to frame it well, and save your life I suspect.

4 Jun 2013 2:41pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An excellent before and after, with photographer's discussion notes. I had a similar problem with a very tall old church along Nova Scotia's French Shore. You can only fit it into the frame by crossing a street and standing some distance into a field, and at that POV you have phone and hydro wires to contend with. With your know-how and Photoshop, I could have conquered that issue.

4 Jun 2013 2:49pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

Super HDR which really gives good definition and depth, its a very hard original photo
to work with and most, including me, would think there is no way to save it, a highly
surprising good result, in the best possible presentation !~

4 Jun 2013 3:00pm

Devi from Chennai, India

I love this !!! It looks so much out of some age old history!!!

4 Jun 2013 3:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful HDR! Wonderful detail and tones. I am glad you didn't get run over in the street!

4 Jun 2013 3:23pm

Shar from Pilot Butte near Regina, SK, Canada

I like the processing!

4 Jun 2013 5:50pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Given your safety and the constraints you were dealing with, I think you did a great job! Incredible textures revealed in your processing and the walkway has great leading lines!

4 Jun 2013 6:30pm

David from Avranches, France

Great processing Curly.

4 Jun 2013 6:41pm

eligreg from Madrid, Spain

remarkable shot here Curly! i love photos of churches

4 Jun 2013 6:51pm

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nice work sir.

4 Jun 2013 6:59pm

Allan Clark from Dunedin, New Zealand

stunning 5*

4 Jun 2013 7:31pm

gerard1948 from Somewhere on earth, Spain

A beautiful view and excellent treatment. Colors are gorgeous.
Have a good evening.

4 Jun 2013 7:33pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

I like this one.

4 Jun 2013 7:37pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Great work , love the look

4 Jun 2013 9:06pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

happens to all of us

4 Jun 2013 11:01pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Actually, you didn't lose that much of the frame and it does look good.

5 Jun 2013 12:37am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

I wouldn't call this a problem shot in the slightest, Curly - you've taken a rather mundane photo and made it into a work of art. Well done!

5 Jun 2013 2:15am

Gheorghe from Bucuresti, Romania

Well done ! I like it very much !

5 Jun 2013 5:00am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

...if you hadn't given me the lengthy mia culpa I probably wouldn't have noticed. It's a fine image, well processed.

5 Jun 2013 5:21am

Helene from Loire Atlantique, France

Magnifique ! 5 *****

5 Jun 2013 3:37pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the textured feel of this processing. I am not sure what auto bracketing is, - maybe it is what my camera calls HDR? It takes three shots at different levels and processes into one shot when loaded onto the computer?

5 Jun 2013 5:41pm

@Ruthiebear: Somewhere in your menus you will find auto-bracketing, you set the increments (generally in 1/3 EV steps, I tend to use 2 EV steps, and the camera will take one normal shot, one over exposed shot, and one under exposed shot, but NOT blend them together as in an HDR.) You would normally auto bracket in difficult high contrast lighting and choose the best exposure to work with, of course you also have the option of using the three RAW files to create an HDR with.

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

We sometimes create our own problems, don't we. <grin>
The end result is still a fine shot!

11 Jun 2013 4:02pm

FinePix HS30EXR
1/450 second
ISO 400
5 mm