Don't we all say some kind of prayer..... at least once in a while..... regardless of what God we may have....... usually when we are in trouble.....
Taken at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto, built in 1848 (ancient by Canadian standards) it's he principal Church of the Archdiocese of Toronto.
I realize what she is reading is completely burned out, wasn't sure if I was to expose for the highlights I would get enough detail anywhere else in the image due to difficult light.
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InasiaJones (31566) 2006-03-25 23:03
This photo is superb. Warm colours express perfectly your theme.
I like the the DOF and the attention on the cross. Excellent!
(no more green smile...)
markoci (3933) 2006-03-26 0:37
a nice compo, great bokeh, i like the warm tone of the scene (not really a cold stone church feel) the burnt out book doesn't bother me much (perhaps aeb could have improved?) but i wish there were more details on the crucifix whic also seems a bit overexposed.
bigtim (3518) 2006-03-26 2:18
Belle composition, j'aime beaucoup les couleurs et la faible profondeur de champ!
bantonbuju (51815) 2006-03-26 2:18
wcale nie razi ta bialość art, i kobieta i jej modlitewnik znalazly sie w glębikom bokeh więc ich rola jako tla moim znadniem zezwala na taką "jasność";
dobry pomysl, i chyba fajnie że naturalna kolorystyka (20 mm? niezle wyzwanie, to przy 1.6 przeliczniku daje jakies 32 mm, hmmm, ciekawe);
Albrecht (11281) 2006-03-26 3:36
I like that kind of compo and use of DOF and colours. Well made compo.
> greetings Albrecht
jinju (14265) 2006-03-26 3:39
This photo glows thanks to the beautiful bokeh. The juxtaposotion is goo, maybe a bit obvious, but it works well. The glowing cross is something that pops off that screen even in the thumbnail. And hey always nice to see color from you Peter.
tjanze (5674) 2006-03-26 3:49
You chose good motive.Composition is excelent.I like angle of view.Bravo!
eleparc (24063) 2006-03-26 6:26
the textures are fantastic in this photo Peter! as you said, pity the paper was burnt but the overall effect is excellent. The main focus remains the golden cross and this red robe.. great shot!
rowanb (864) 2006-03-26 8:09
nice shot peter, i like how the cross glows and the smooth bokeh in the background. well seen.
don_narayan (2014) 2006-03-26 9:15
hello Peter. Excellent composition, with the velvety curtain and cross hanging on one side and the worshippers spread out sparsely in the peus. The exposure looks good, the little burn out looks fine... even celestial. Great bokeh as well. Nice work.
kensimage (8565) 2006-03-26 12:39
Very well done, Peter--just the right amount of the image is covered by the robe. You've emphasized that a church can be a private place, even with quite a few people in it. The mix of colors is great. Regards, Ken.
smirnese (51) 2006-03-26 13:08
hi peter,well done.the composition,the warm colours and the focus on the cross are excellent.thanks for sharing.
arindam_thokder (3987) 2006-03-26 16:53
I like your POV here, superb composition with the Cross in the focus, and always I like some activity in the blurred Background. Nice color and framing.
sohrab (7439) 2006-03-26 22:51
i like this.. even though the composition might not be the most original i've seen..
i don't like the bokeh though..
looks a little fake.. and more importantly.. i think such a strong one.. (assmuing you went as big as f1.8) was to avoid here..
the main problem here is that the woman has dark hair and is wearing dark clothes.. as such she's been merely turned into a blob..
i think if maybe you had used a f 3.5 or f 4 or even f5.6 and made the bokeh a little more subtle.. it would have helped your photographs..
i kind of like the glowing cross.. more than the cross i like the glow.. kind of ummm "cinematic"?? wish you had grains ;)
MKING (3054) 2006-03-28 1:02
Ancient by Australian standards too...
Really nice minimalist approach making use of the most striking features of institutional religion: the highlighted gold cross, the habbit of the nun and the repetition of the pews.
The horizontal composition is also interesting-- creates a tension in that the statue on the far left runs perpendicular to the frame creating, for my eye, a certain tension. At the same time, the afforementioned pews balance that out by running parallel to the framing. My instinct would have been to conform to the "flow" of the statue and nun and frame this one vertical. That, though, probably would have lessened the impact of the pews.
How are you enjoying the new DSLR? :)
dolin (7369) 2006-03-28 5:29
Mhhhh excellente idée.
C'est très bien pensé et bien mise en scène.
Le focus sur ce rideau, l'ouverture sur cette église, tout en flou, c'est bien fait.
(I come back)
ALSOM (6616) 2006-03-28 11:10
I like the color, the composition is pretty subtile with a discete invitation to pray.
Althouhg I like the current bokeh (looks like a real painting, especially far in the background), I would agree that f3.5 or f4.0 might deliver a different perception of the scenery.
Thanks, Alain -
Luko (14000) 2006-04-02 16:36
Beautiful tones, really... dessertlike, i could eat them, orange mousse topped with a cranberry mash, some cuts of dark chocolate spread on it. I haven't seen any similar so far, a very coloristic shot, with a little bit more complexity and details, I would have made the parallel with Pinkhassov.
Religion and devotion is always an interesting subject, look at the buddhist monks or hinduist saddhus shots down there, you're right saying that it hasn't been covered enough for western countries (even though I remotely empathize with all sorts of black crows...I'm rather on the cutting edge of the guillotine).
I read the discussion with Sohrab, I must agree partly about what he says on your aperture choice : you went a bit over, even though the background subjects are perfectly recognizable. I mean, bokeh mainly helps giving depth to a photo, of course there are pure bokeh lovers, but then I suspect that blur could also make it. If we take my assumption as granted, I feel that a f/4 would still be Ok for leaving the background into blurriness... right, would you say, what could then be the benefits?
when looking at it ('scuse me, mister, I'm a Leica owner :)...) I feel that you went over the lens abilities : there's a contrast fall off on the left side which flattens the view (the contrary of what you wanted to achieve, I suppose). I suspect this lack of contast is due to poor lens performance when opened too wide, while I assume shutting the aperture down would have incerased the lens performance in terms of contrast.
I also suspect the image could have been slighly better less exposed, just for the backgournd which is too "normally" lit...that would have also provided you the same shutter speed with a better aperture (I can't say about your ISO settings). In this situation I usually try to vary exposure and aperture...dunno how your other tries came out, though...
But once again I LIKE this picture, my main pick is about the brownish-red left side which is not contrasty enough to give depth.
Furachan (0) 2006-04-03 4:22
Peter, forgive me for overlooking this excellent shot (I spend too much time in the Asia page!)
The Sigma 20mm is a new addition? Gives you close to that fine 35mm feel plus bokeh.
The position of the cross is just about perfect, and the unfolding pronouced bokeh...magical. This is first rate color work from you my friend.
Darren (6823) 2006-04-05 9:59
Hi Peter. Nice shot here, I meant to comment on this a while ago and I can't remember why I didn't. I like the nun in the background, a little more DOF wouldn't hurt, but we see enough to let us know what is happening. I find that I don't quite care for how the white balance has worked on this one. The cross is a little too yellow/orange for my tastes and this color caste is really visible throughout the photo. This is entirely a personal opinion, I am sure many will love the colors here. Secondly, I think you could have framed just slightly differently. I think maybe a step to the right, and having the cross a little more to the left would be slightly better? I find the expanse of one color on the left is just a little more than I like. Criticisms aside, I think this is a really nice shot.
rosiegirl (1596) 2006-04-25 18:21
I kind of thought you would have put this in black and white because it is such a strong composition, but I'm glad you didn't. The colors are beautiful- orange, red, and even a slice of green. I can't really think of anything that hasn't been said already, but its a great picture and I just wanted to let you know I appreciate you putting it up. Nice work.
nerve (10231) 2006-04-27 10:52
i dont know what this fuss is all about DOF.. i think it is just right.. why would you make the obvious more obvious i wonder.. maybe the paper is tiny bit overexposed, but if your iso is high, its always better to expose for the shadows anyway, otherwise its good to expose for highlights generally as you say..
(you can open up in PP)
whatever, apart from all these technical ifs and buts, i think its a great composition, beautiful image...warm colours really work.
mrbialy (2568) 2006-05-05 9:25
Witam. Dobre zdjecie z klimatem. Bardzo dobry pomysl co do kompozycji. Podoba mi sie skierowanie ostrosci. Niezle kolory i ogolnie jakosc. Nie ma co - to zdjecie podoba mi sie.
keribar (43841) 2006-05-07 3:17
It did not take too much time to discover what I would call " A photographic Gem" This is exactly the style I am fond of. I wish I had more favorites for you.
Many thanks - Izzet
aralda (1240) 2007-11-11 11:29
Great color and bokeh. I love the division of the frame, the placement of the cross, and the detail in the curtain.