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80 Years After Ansel Adams...
80 Years After Ansel Adams...

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Challenge: Free Study 2009-07 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-20D
Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
Location: St Francisco de Asis Church in Taos, New Mexico
Date: Jul 9, 2009
Aperture: 5.0
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/2500
Galleries: Architecture, Travel
Date Uploaded: Jul 9, 2009

St Francisco de Asis Church in Taos, New Mexico.
Ansel Adams photographed this church in 1929.

Arrived at 5:20am, with expected sunrise at 5:35. The sun hit the very top of the crosses at 6:40, and did not fully bathe the front of the church until around 7:30am. Lots of time to sit and enjoy the birds singing.

The church building is all natural light, shot on manual at -1/3 stop for the church. I used a Canon 580EX flash to light the statue. I took shots with shallow DOF and with both the statue and the church in focus. The shallow worked much better.

Canon 5D, Canon 24-70 f2.8L

Place: 122 out of 419
Avg (all users): 5.9733
Avg (commenters): 7.2000
Avg (participants): 5.9279
Avg (non-participants): 6.1026
Views since voting: 581
Views during voting: 239
Votes: 150
Comments: 8
Favorites: 1 (view)

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08/08/2009 10:09:27 AM
Greetings from the Critique Club

Well, I found it interesting that I got this image to critique via the critique club. It is going to be quite difficult to give a very objective critique since this was one of my two 10s in the challenge!

There is obviously something about this image that did not appeal to other voters in the same way it did to me because it only scored 5.9 and that I find to be somewhat perplexing. I wonder if it is the composition? Personally I think the composition is excellent. Or perhaps it's because of the lighting? It is quite unusual, but I find it works well, although I suppose there are quite a lot of shadows in the statue due to the flash.

I have a feeling this would also work well in black & white, although the colours are stunning in this version.

Sorry I can't be more help, but as I mentioned, I liked this one!
  Photographer found comment helpful.
08/08/2009 09:14:45 AM
i knew i recognized it from SOMEwhere in new mexico! very nice!
08/08/2009 03:12:03 AM
I like this!
 Comments Made During the Challenge
08/06/2009 10:33:43 PM
Love it. clear and sharp.
08/04/2009 09:11:01 AM
this has really interesting lighting...did you use a reflector?
08/02/2009 02:30:26 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous. One of my highest scoring images in this challenge. Love it.
08/01/2009 09:13:39 AM
I don't get the title, but nice image.
08/01/2009 01:22:56 AM
Love the title, and a very strange image...

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