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Gothic Magnificence
Gothic Magnificence
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Challenge: Hidden Gem -- 1,000th Challenge! (Advanced Editing VII*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM for Nikon
Location: Torun, Poland
Date: Oct 19, 2008
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/3s
Galleries: Architecture, High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Date Uploaded: Mar 7, 2009

Shot this inside St. Marks Cathedral in Torun, Poland while I was there for business. Put it through Photomatix with some vignetting, color and contrast adjustment in photoshop.

Took multiple shots, but I think I ended up tonemapping only one of them for this. Camera was handheld against one of the pews. This is actually in the back of the church. I didn't take a tripod on the trip and regretted it the whole time. There wasn't enough light in the front, and nowhere to brace for the shot with an angle I liked.

Statistics
Place: 110 out of 1129
Avg (all users): 6.3680
Avg (commenters): 7.5811
Avg (participants): 6.3747
Avg (non-participants): 6.3333
Views since voting: 1302
Views during voting: 714
Votes: 500
Comments: 84
Favorites: 8 (view)


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09/14/2009 01:27:25 AM
Just awesome architecture, and great tones to show its complexity
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04/11/2009 09:56:58 PM
This is a beautiful image. I love how my eye is guided from top to bottom.
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03/20/2009 01:50:32 AM
IMpressive interior Steve! Nicely seen.
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03/19/2009 01:47:55 AM
processing evokes an awesome Gothic feel, really cool shot i gave it a 9
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03/19/2009 12:09:13 AM
so rich and amazing. i think this should have placed much higher
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
03/17/2009 11:58:04 PM
Love the processing and style 10
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03/17/2009 11:13:00 PM
Magnificence is right. This is an amazing shot - good luck in the challenge! 10
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03/17/2009 07:28:32 PM
Great editing it really draws us in.
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03/17/2009 03:21:44 PM
magnificent is the only word qualified to describe this building. it is so beautiful, the detail is amazing and the lighting has the perfect Gothic feeling to it.-9
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03/17/2009 11:56:54 AM
Superb capture!
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03/17/2009 10:25:39 AM
Beautiful photo. Love the color, light, detail and composition. 9
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03/17/2009 10:15:58 AM
Good angle and detail. A bit on the dark side.
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03/17/2009 03:11:44 AM
this is amazing .. i love your photograph and your processing is so excellent .. great image . :)
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03/16/2009 11:29:06 PM
Really cool shot... is this HDR? Good light and shadows here.
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03/16/2009 05:22:11 PM
Great processing, fabulous detail
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03/16/2009 04:43:33 PM
It's amazing how the editing gave a strange atmosphere between kitsch, vintage ang a touch of grunge (mostly in the half lower part).
It's really special ! my vote:9
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03/16/2009 02:46:45 PM
Cool composition. It's a really good wide angle shot. Wish some details where not as dark but the PP does really enchance the gothic appearance and brought out the intricate details.(no vote)
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03/16/2009 12:57:38 PM
A beautifull photo this is. What do you think of the idea of having that front pilar apear straight and not tilted? The rest of the photo would be a bit off, but it could be a cool effect?
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03/16/2009 10:38:49 AM
impressive seven from me

;D brano
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03/16/2009 05:27:23 AM
Very rich image with nice colors,perspective & dramatic light.
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03/16/2009 01:08:14 AM
Wow - very cool detail. HDR?
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03/15/2009 09:38:20 PM
nice detail love the colours
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03/15/2009 09:07:33 PM
Wonderful post processing, the detail and sharpness are great.
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03/15/2009 07:04:50 PM
The detail is fantastic lovely colours 9
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03/15/2009 05:22:00 PM
Magnificent, indeed. The processing and colors are lovely, too.

Not voting yet.
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03/15/2009 02:43:17 PM
Very nice! I usually am bored with shots of cathedrals or churches, because the architect did the work of making it gorgeous. But this is a beautiful capture--the colors are spectacular!
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03/15/2009 01:12:12 PM
beautiful!
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03/15/2009 11:58:52 AM
Unique perspective. I like how the lines seem to converge and the processing suits the scene well.
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03/15/2009 10:26:31 AM
Very nice image. It's good to see a few "great" images. This is a perfect reflection of your abilities as a photographer.
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03/15/2009 10:16:22 AM
Very gothic. HDR? All the colours and contrast are superb
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03/15/2009 10:13:59 AM
the title is pefect for this image, such fasinating detail to be found here
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03/15/2009 10:11:21 AM
Dramatic pocessing, a bit too much for my tastes. But a very good perspective.
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03/15/2009 09:55:21 AM
I really love the post processing on this one. It gives it real character and atmosphere. Well done and good luck for the rest of the challenge. 8
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03/15/2009 09:33:01 AM
Very sharp. Nice shot.
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03/15/2009 06:10:17 AM
I really hope this is doing well for you, I love the tones and shading & colours.
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03/15/2009 02:26:12 AM
Beautiful interior of this old church. Nice light!
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03/15/2009 01:31:56 AM
I love the perspective here, and the composition plus it's beautifully lit. One of my fav's. Great job! 9.
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03/14/2009 10:41:20 PM
this is a really fine image, but the base of the column look like it was over exposed and didn't quite get the right post processing. is that true?
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03/14/2009 08:08:32 PM
Very detailed. Lines are interesting.
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03/14/2009 07:37:57 PM
Nice detail. A lovely composition.
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03/14/2009 07:30:10 PM
Gorgeous! Looks like a master's painting! 9
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03/14/2009 06:05:32 PM
Definetely stresses the magnificence of the structure. Makes me homesick.
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03/14/2009 05:52:21 PM
The detail and the color is out of this world. Excellent job. 9
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03/14/2009 04:44:54 PM
This is very well done. I'm eager to see the processing done on this. Fav'd + 10
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03/14/2009 03:11:06 PM
I like the treatment of the colour, it gives the picture a 'gothic' feel
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03/14/2009 02:50:58 PM
Voted earlier coming back to leave comments now. Your processing in this photo is "outta the park" spectacular!!!! The tones and contrasts are so dynamic you see so many wonderful and lovely details in this gothic cathedral - from the patterns in the lace tablecloth to the gold ornamentation in the alters and walls to the details in the arched ceiling. The architecture is stunning to look upon. The composition does look as if it is leaning but what it accomplishes is it gives the viewer this feel of grand scale. This architectural work of art towers over you and engulfs you in grandeur and beauty. Very well done!
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03/14/2009 12:22:04 PM
Love the angles, and darker tones in this shot. It makes the wood glow, the green stand out, and the gilting glimmer. Very, very nice.
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03/14/2009 11:40:43 AM
Lovely and interesting interior image with nice rich tones and colors. Great angle. 8
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03/14/2009 05:30:58 AM
great work
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03/14/2009 04:46:52 AM
Lovely colours and depth to this shot, not over saturated but very rich. Very nicely done
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03/14/2009 04:13:30 AM
nice capture of details , 6
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03/14/2009 12:26:48 AM
Beautiful! 9
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03/13/2009 09:47:32 PM
Brilliant. Great colors and clarity. A magnificent shot.
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03/13/2009 08:40:25 PM
excellent deep colors and dark secrets!
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03/13/2009 08:04:54 PM
Great detail. Great colors. I like the post processing. 10
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03/13/2009 07:31:57 PM
Incredible craftsmanship and details. I'm guessing this is somewhere in Europe.
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03/13/2009 07:18:38 PM
Gothic architecture rocks, great light and pp work, very nice
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03/13/2009 03:23:54 PM
I'm hoping to leave comments on as many photo's in this challenge as possible... out of (currently) 1124 images, I gave 31 of them a 9. Your image was one of those 31.

Magnificence is right. The perspective, colours and definition (I presume HDR) are really strong in this image. There is the slightest hint of fuzziness that may see this being scored down by other voters, but I love this photo. Very different to the vast bulk of images submitted in this challenge. Good luck for a strong finish!
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03/13/2009 01:36:09 PM
The colors in this are spot on. Saturated, dark, warm, great capture.
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03/13/2009 12:56:05 PM
exceptional colors and tones...
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03/13/2009 12:53:47 PM
I feel like the post processing you have done really compliments the scene. I like how you chose to capture the side of the church instead of the more common view - right down the middle.
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03/13/2009 03:49:35 AM
awesome mood setting and beautifully photographed
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03/13/2009 02:47:29 AM
Nice tones and composition
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03/13/2009 12:45:14 AM
Excellent shot; wide angle and high angle. Very good definition of what was undoubtedly a dark church interior. Nicely done.
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03/13/2009 12:35:17 AM
Wow... (sorry, it's all I can come up with)
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03/12/2009 06:26:38 PM
Wonderful perspective with a very dark image. The post processing brings out the details in this and the subtle tonal variation gives a very nostalgic feel (in my mind) to this image. It could be a teeny bit brighter though.
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03/12/2009 05:13:18 PM
Very nice but I think that it could of been better with the green alter (or whatever it is) more to the right of the frame. It feels as though it's pointing out of the image rather than being the main focus of it.
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03/12/2009 03:43:31 PM
Aptly titled. Nice detail and composition.
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03/12/2009 12:24:03 PM
HRD? Great tones and clarity!
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03/12/2009 08:15:50 AM
Coming back to comment...

Something wicked this way comes. Beautiful, creepy, excellent hdr work. 10
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03/12/2009 05:51:49 AM
Nice PP job
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03/11/2009 11:27:38 PM
Very nice edit. Good composition too.
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03/11/2009 08:47:01 PM
Beautiful church.
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03/11/2009 06:48:29 PM
Love the dark tones; really suits the subject.
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03/11/2009 04:59:38 PM
amazing!
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03/11/2009 04:37:10 PM
Nice detail and great editing. I think this will go in my favs.
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03/11/2009 03:09:34 PM
Magnificent describes it well. The perspective you have used makes this thing look huge.
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03/11/2009 02:20:38 PM
great angle and detail. I really like the light.
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03/11/2009 01:30:20 PM
absolutely stunning ...
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03/11/2009 07:21:15 AM
Can't help but love the cathedral images that come along in DPC. This one is no exception with an incredible display of detail and interest. Beautiful contrast and the exposure is just amazing. Good luck: 10.
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03/11/2009 02:25:24 AM
wow great organ this has to be outside the US
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03/11/2009 02:14:17 AM
Nice perspective. A bit dark, but the detail is fab.
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03/11/2009 01:17:19 AM
nice colors
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03/11/2009 12:10:33 AM
Nice, painterly feel.
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