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Church Doors
Church Doors

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Challenge: After Dark (Classic Editing)
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 4500
Location: Frankenmuth, Michigan
Date: Jan 10, 2004
Aperture: f3.3
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1.92 sec.
Galleries: Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 10, 2004

I found this church in still decorated with holiday lights. The only adjustment was a slight crop to eliminate distracting lights on both sides of the doors.

Place: 34 out of 96
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01/23/2004 07:24:42 PM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Initial thoughts/My opinion
This image speaks of symmetry and pleasant warm colours. The bright central light disturbs a bit though.

You captured beautiful, calm scenery with the two church doors. One could imagine how prayers are singing behind the doors and one smells the candles.
Your symmetric composition works well, although you should have moved further to the right to get the image fully symmetrical. As one can see from the line on pedestrian walk you were a bit off and thus the scene is twisted, most visibly at the top. This results in a somewhat odd feeling. As far as I know humans are extremely sensitive to distortions of a 2-fold vertical symmetry.

I do like that one sees some snow at the bottom and how the bright, central light shines on the walk. This light is of course way overexposed and disturbs a little. However, this is fortunately very localized and didn't blow out the whole scene.

Camera work -technically
Looks good to me: focus and exposure are just right

Digital Processing - Technical
Also OK, maybe just a bit more sharpening. That you didn't add a border was wise.

Fits the challenge
Yes, it does for sure.

Good luck for your upcoming submissions
 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/17/2004 02:23:07 AM
Beautiful and the symmetry is great.
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01/16/2004 11:27:04 PM
Appear very welcoming and warm. Nicely done.
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01/15/2004 08:55:23 PM
very nice great image and nicely done
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01/15/2004 04:55:19 PM
This is so pretty! Beautiful lighting and the picture is so crisp. The only thing is it seems a little tilted or uneven or something. Can't quite put my finger on it. I really like the light coming through the windows from the inside but the glare from the left window is a little distracting. Overall though, a very nice picture.
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01/15/2004 06:06:59 AM
It's too bad the light in the center was so bright (not your fault of course) because it tends to draw the focus there and away from the doors.
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01/15/2004 01:51:17 AM
Very nice capture! Good composition. There is something a bit odd about the perspective though. Can't put my finger on it. Wish I knew what camera you had...
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01/14/2004 10:59:36 PM
should have rotated CCW just a bit, so it wasn't tilted.
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01/14/2004 09:54:25 PM
Beautiful shot , this looks like a wonderful Christmas card. Great detail and the warm lighting makes this all the more elegant and beautiful 8
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01/13/2004 06:13:09 PM
this image is so inviting!
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01/13/2004 07:11:55 AM
Nice contrasts and colors. Sharpness is nice too.
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01/12/2004 10:18:00 PM
very lovely exposure, I love the lighting and the symmetry with the doors, but the horizon seems tilted
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01/12/2004 09:45:43 PM
Very pretty. Nice and clean night shot. It looks tiny bit crooked at the top (it leans towards the right). And my eyes are drawn to the centre hot spot. Still think it's very nice shot.
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01/12/2004 09:42:49 PM
Nice symmetry. It works well here. This image has a pleasant balance and tone to it. You might consider cropping it just a tad closer.
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01/12/2004 01:18:02 PM
Nice framing. Interesting shot
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