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"When Two Or Three are Gathered in My Name"
"When Two Or Three are Gathered in My Name"
Rikki


Photograph Information Photographer's Comments
Challenge: Holy Places (Basic Editing III)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
Location: San Jose, California
Date: May 8, 2006
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 3200
Shutter: 1/40 seconds
Galleries: Interior, Architecture
Date Uploaded: May 9, 2006

Challenge Entry no. 214

This is the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph in downtown San Jose. Some of you might remember this church because I photographed the central dome for the Square Crop challenge.

I'm kinda bummed that I couldn't get the symmetry right let alone the distortion of the wide angle. The ceiling being cut bothers me. The alignment drives me nuts. One door was open when the service was going on and I didn't want to be rude specially since the Monsegnor was looking straight at me from his seat. I took about 4 shots and left hoping one would turn out good. This was the best of the bunch. I knew I had to go wide if I were to show the beauty of this church. IMHO, there is no way I can compete with the 1200 year old churches in Europe (wink at Gary and Nasti). Arrrggghh! If I could only do a reshoot. I would line things up but I thought having the congregation present is much more powerful than having an empty church.

Ran through NI once since I shot at a really high ISO. In PS, I used the Shadow and highlight filter and brought out elements that were cast too dark. I used the default setting of 50%. Then I used Hue and Saturation and individually adjusted each color making sure to leave the yellows alone as the image already had enough of it.

Cropped to a 620x460 image. 1 pixel border and resized canvas to fit 640x480. Instead of using USM, I actually just used the Sharpen filter. It turned out much better.

This is the final show of the MS Challenge. Let's hope I fulfill Gene's (taterbug) prediction of winning it all ;)

Cheers and good luck!

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Post Challenge
Thanks everyone for the great comments and votes during and after the challenge.Wow!

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Views during voting: 572
Comments: 82
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05/23/2006 12:49:12 PM
wow, awesome shot...no comparison to the original!
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05/21/2006 03:33:57 PM
Yeah i agree with dudephil. I dont know if i woulda been up to taking such a beautiful shot during the congregation. This clearly deserves a ribbon. Congrats~!
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05/20/2006 12:06:14 AM
Woot!
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05/20/2006 12:04:26 AM
Stunning image Rikki. I wouldn't have had the ballz to shoot this with the congregation. Congrats on the ribbon!
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05/19/2006 09:07:28 AM
Beautiful work Rikki. I completely agree that having the congregation present is what makes this image so effective. I actually had a similar idea, but didn't have the courage the shoot during a service. You did, and deserve the ribbon.

Q.
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05/18/2006 06:34:21 PM
A beautiful shot, congratulations !
I also like the two outtakes.
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05/18/2006 06:08:38 PM
Congrats Rikki, a well deserved ribbon. I am amazed how well this turns out considering you used ISO 3200. Incredible detail and this really shows of great PP skills.
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05/18/2006 04:57:23 PM
Wonderful shot! Congrats on your well deserved red ribbon.
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05/18/2006 02:28:31 PM
You don't listen to me. Enjoy the weather ;)
Once again a very well taken photograph and at ISO3200 its so neat.
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05/17/2006 10:25:49 PM
My goodness Rikki, you are racking up those ribbons. I have been too busy with my new job to check things out here very often and was amazed to see how many ribbons you have now. Congratulation! This one is well deserving of top honors.
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05/17/2006 07:33:21 PM
Nicely done! You are the Master of light! Congrats on your first Red!
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05/17/2006 05:57:56 PM
Congrats again Rikki!
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05/17/2006 05:30:20 PM
Now that is what I call an interior shot of a church! Absolutely magical, Rikki, a joy to the eye! Congratulations on the ribbon.

PS there are one or two old churches here in England, too, but they don't always appreciate photographers! ;-)
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05/17/2006 04:53:36 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club...

Hi Rikki :)

I don't believe this photo needs any critique. It did very well in the challenge. I wouldn't really change anything about this photo. The voters enjoyed it and I think it's a very well done image...

Nice work :)

John Setzler
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05/17/2006 04:22:09 PM
I only wish I could shoot something half as well as you did here. This is a beautiful shot and I would not change a thing. I see, however, like most photographers who strive for the perfect photograph, you see things you might have wanted to do different. Trying to tweak a photograph a little more is the sign of a good photographer and you are very good.
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05/17/2006 01:00:39 PM
Congrats on another ribbon!
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05/17/2006 12:57:54 PM
Beautifully done. Congratulations.
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05/17/2006 12:43:10 PM
I also think having the people present gave it a much deeper meaning. What a beautiful photograph.
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05/17/2006 12:02:40 PM
Very nice Rikki! Congratulations
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05/17/2006 11:46:09 AM
Way to go! (yet again ;) )
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05/17/2006 08:39:55 AM
Beautiful shot. Congrats on the ribbon and the MS Tourney.
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05/17/2006 08:18:52 AM
Way to go Rikki!! Beautiful job. congrats.
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05/17/2006 08:09:13 AM
Nice one Rikki. Reminds me of "The Wedding Song's" lyrics "whenever two or more of you are gathered in his name," which I've sung at nuptials more times than I care to mention. The rich gold tones and perspective are perfect. Congratulations.
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05/17/2006 08:06:07 AM
Congrats on your red ribbon ! This is a beautiful shot !
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05/17/2006 07:07:48 AM
Congrats pal!! You've turned into a Gary - wait and see *which* ribbon you won, not *if* you won! ;)
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05/17/2006 06:58:49 AM
Great shot Rikki! Congrats second place, WooT! Your first red too =D
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05/17/2006 05:40:50 AM
Way to go Rikki, nice work, really good for that high ISO too.
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05/17/2006 05:24:52 AM
Congratulations on the red, well done!
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05/17/2006 04:32:28 AM
Cool dude, congrats on finally completing "the series" or getting the red ribbon.
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05/17/2006 03:45:20 AM
Congratulations on a wonderful shot...well deserved ribbon...I actually love the symmetry and the wide angle
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05/17/2006 02:37:16 AM
Congratulations on the red ribbon - well deserved for a unique approach to the subject by including the congregation.
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05/17/2006 02:26:17 AM
Congratulations on the red, Rikki. Beautiful image.
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05/17/2006 02:18:10 AM
Yay!!! Way to go Rikki! :-D
Awesome shot, I voted this one highly during the challenge. Congrats :-)
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05/17/2006 02:13:27 AM
Great capture! You're lucky your church is big - in my church the pastor could hit me with the bible from the pulpit!
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05/17/2006 01:35:13 AM
What a nice shot Rikki and congrats on the ribbon!
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05/17/2006 01:29:35 AM
Congrats on your Red Rikki. Very nice and bright and crisp. I liked your outakes too.
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05/17/2006 12:58:43 AM
sheesh i'm glad i'm on your side! :)
congrats beautiful photo.
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05/17/2006 12:56:44 AM
Congratulations on this wonderful shot!! Well deserved ribbon.
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05/17/2006 12:50:56 AM
Congrates Rikki!! You finally manage to get the red one.
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05/17/2006 12:47:26 AM
Beautiful shot, Rikki, even with the symmetry a bit off - still looks great.
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05/17/2006 12:45:08 AM
Excellent capture, excellent finish- well done! You can cross one more goal off your list. ;-)
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05/17/2006 12:42:53 AM
sweet san jose! I looked at this picture, and i knew it looked familiar! congrats!
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05/17/2006 12:42:07 AM
Very Nice!!!! Congrats again!
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05/17/2006 12:41:20 AM
You're getting so predictable, mate. Congratulations on achieving your longed-for (?) Red Ribbon.
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05/17/2006 12:36:40 AM
I figgered this had to be you. Congrats on "one more ribbon" :-)
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05/17/2006 12:36:12 AM
your unstopable
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05/17/2006 12:24:20 AM
Damn, another ribbon! *is jealous*
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05/17/2006 12:21:56 AM
Damn you! :P
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05/17/2006 12:20:10 AM
Wow. I didn't see this one in the voting... I stopped at like 89 percent. This is a beautiful shot! Well done!
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05/17/2006 12:19:46 AM
Hey hey! You finally got the Red! Congrats Rikki!
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05/17/2006 12:18:36 AM
Congratulations Rikki! On both your ribbon and being the last man standing in the MS Tournament!!! Very well deserved!!!!!
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05/17/2006 12:17:05 AM
Congrats on another ribbon RiCKY.....woohooo!!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/16/2006 09:17:04 PM
Great detail. Love the ceiling. Top 15 for sure ;)
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05/16/2006 08:04:14 PM
Nice... Usually you see interior shots with nobody in them.
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05/16/2006 04:10:50 PM
Sweet image! Good luck!
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05/15/2006 10:25:01 PM
Love the feel of this image.
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05/15/2006 09:43:00 PM
Amazing detail and clarity! Love the fact that you included "people" in this shot. Good luck!
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05/15/2006 08:59:08 PM
Well done.. Great title too!
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05/15/2006 08:36:40 AM
Wow ... it's like a postcard.
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05/15/2006 06:38:56 AM
Good overall view of the interior of a place of worship, and a great addition to actually include the congregation. The perspective looks a bit weird to me though.
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05/14/2006 11:31:40 AM
excellent colors and lighting, great use of proportion.
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05/13/2006 09:43:21 PM
Amen
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05/13/2006 08:11:13 AM
excellent exposure and sharpness...well done
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05/13/2006 07:07:36 AM
Great deatail and color in this one. Also interesting point of view.
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05/12/2006 11:53:42 PM
Great tones and colors. Certainly captures the spirit of the theme. I also like the centered comp, not to mention the candid atributes of this photo.
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05/12/2006 06:49:57 PM
Very cool shot. A little too busy though IMHO, no one thing really grabs your attention.
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05/12/2006 06:35:43 PM
Good compo, color, perspective and POV. 7
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05/12/2006 12:23:42 PM
Amazing photograph! One of the best I've seen yet. Love the wide angle effect, the lighting, all of it!
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05/12/2006 12:02:27 PM
didnt anyone object for the shot
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05/12/2006 12:44:09 AM
Nice to see a Holy Places picture with believers in it. A building is just a building.
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05/11/2006 11:17:59 PM
A very cool point of view for this shot. I really like how you've played on the symmetry here. Nice job.
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05/11/2006 10:07:50 PM
WOW... the picture is so holy, i feel so evil.. hehe
GOOD JOB!!!!!
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05/11/2006 09:23:17 PM
Wow! This has amazing sharpness and clarity to it. Nice colors and I like that there are a lot of people in the composition!
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05/11/2006 05:15:49 PM
Beautiful photograph, warm lighting, nice angle.
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05/11/2006 04:45:55 PM
nice title.
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05/10/2006 08:06:04 PM
Great colors, good composition, I like it
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05/10/2006 08:02:41 PM
Great wide angle approach and having the people is an added bonus! This is one tack sharp image!
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05/10/2006 03:34:20 PM
Beautifully clear and sharp. Like it a lot.
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05/10/2006 09:53:43 AM
Stunning. nice wide shot
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05/10/2006 08:12:21 AM
There are plenty of shots of empty churches... but this adds another dimension. I think its great you caught it full of people. It makes the picture warm ~10
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05/10/2006 01:11:41 AM
Highest score so far from me. Why? The colour is lovely and rich and the inclusion of people really brings it to life. It's a lovely looking church and you have captured it well.
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05/10/2006 12:56:31 AM
I like that it is a full church, most pics have empty churches. Nice colors, nice detail, overall very nice shot!
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