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Challenge: Silence II (Basic Editing)
Collection: Portfolio
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-L1K
Lens: Leica 14-50mm f2.8-3.5 Mega O.I.S.
Date: Jan 24, 2009
Aperture: f7.1
ISO: 100
Shutter: 1/4s
Galleries: Interior, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jan 24, 2009

This is from a single capture (Jpeg) and no HDR was involved here.

Place: 37 out of 178
Avg (all users): 5.7302
Avg (commenters): 8.5000
Avg (participants): 5.6364
Avg (non-participants): 5.7625
Views since voting: 908
Views during voting: 361
Votes: 215
Comments: 8
Favorites: 0

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02/05/2009 02:18:00 PM
Jan, I gave this a 6 and I'll see if I can find the right words to explain what would make me score this higher. I totally think that there is nothing more peaceful and quiet than to walk in to a big beautiful church when no one else is present. And I look at this photo and I can see the scene you have captured. BUT I guess for me to give this higher than a 6 I had to feel the "mood" of the moment. I think for a place like this, the mood is best created by lighting. For me the top half was too bright, and the ceiling lights almost felt like an interruption in the setting. I'd want to see a softer glow coming from the windows and from those hanging lights. This then allows one's attention to focus on the highlight of the church, which is the altar. What if you maybe decreased the f-stop some more, maybe f 11? And increased the shutter speed a smidge? If my thinking here needs more explanation, just send a PM :)
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02/04/2009 08:39:23 AM
Hello Jan, I am one of your 10 votes. This is technical perfection, but that is not what motivated my score. It was the feeling of Silence. The inward-turning silence that makes me conscious of how much noise my life makes & at the same times connects me to everything that is wonderful & unknowable. I like the layers of light, too, it seems to get more heavenly nearer the windows (must be why church ceilings are so high). I have never tried this kind of shot, but it looks fearsomely difficult. In its genre, I think it would compare very well, your church-interior photog peers would be proud of you. I don't comment during voting because I like to get a sense of who the photog is before I risk a comment. Head up, tail up, & keep on clickin'!
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02/04/2009 08:12:39 AM
Nice shot. I scored this a 6. I think with a little more of a personal touch, I would have scored it much higher. For instance, having one person sitting in a pew part way forward with their head bowed. Something to connect a little more with the viewer.
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02/04/2009 07:53:15 AM
I think you did a nice job of setting the image up. The 'keystoning' effect does work nicely, and I think the image carries the theme of silence to MOST viewers.

However, there appears to be some significant issues with the 'starbursts' from the lights above, the overall appearance of the details of the walls and pews and all are somewhat missing. These issues are likely due to the camera/ glass you are using. I have noticed very similar effects in my Panasonic Lumix camera. It takes a decent shot in really good light, but does not really deliver when inside (even if on a tripod). I think this is one reason why you ended up with some low score. I would have given this about a 6 if I voted.

Additional comment: I guess I should have looked at the camera you shot with more closely - I assumed you were using a very similar one to my Lumix P&S. I have seen issues with the starbursts in that camera and was trying only to provide a bit of comparison. My bad...

Message edited by author 2009-02-04 08:23:27.
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02/04/2009 03:09:33 AM
A very beautiful image of a very beautiful building. I can tell from your message that this place hold a sacred feeling in your soul for you. I have often found that trying to share the sacred to a general audience is frustrating and tears at my heart quite a bit. It has become unusual to feel the sacred through common experiences other than nature, and since that common experience isn't there, or is even rejected, religious images with a message are often not seen in the depth that they were offered.

Sometimes in must be enough to know that we have touched the heart of a few. I can understand the peace and silence of the soul that would come from entering into this place.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
01/30/2009 07:20:53 PM
Very effective silence subject. I wish the focal plane were further forward to sharpen the detail of the front. As it is I find myself looking at the far sides where it is sharpest.
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01/28/2009 07:58:10 AM
i like this shot!
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01/28/2009 12:23:37 AM
I like this photo a lot. The angle is exquisite and the symmetry is amazing. Great shot (:
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