I have said, time after time, I am a portrait photographer. There is just something special to me about expressing the different facets of a human being through pictures. But I’m still exploring landscape photography. It’s a challenge, to be sure, but I will keep trying.
The Weekly Photo Challenge today is about showing the world through your eyes – the photographer’s eye. Initially, I was going to use only this portrait – my strength, in my opinion. But I will never improve at landscape photography without critique. So I’m including a photo I shot of this old church (?) I spotted at Ctrl+Shift+H. I still don’t think I have the perspective, angle or framing right, but by shooting it as a black and white, it seems to add the drama I saw in my mind’s eye when I snapped the photo.
Albert Einstein said, “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.” So here is something old and something new from me. Let the critiquing begin.
You can view other entries in the this week’s photo challenge by clicking the link above.
I think you did an excellent job with the photo of the church. It’s very dramatic in B&W and I like the way you took the photo so the church is on the side, leaving the drama of the clouds to dominate the rest of the shot. Looks like somewhere that something terrible is going to happen. 🙂
Thank you! Oh, I hope nothing terrible is going to happen…it’s such a lovely place! 😉
Compositionally I can’t find much of anything to fault, very well done. If I had to nit pick a little I’d suggest brightening up some of the darker shadows. Particularly on the hill below the church and under the eves of the church itself. Not much, just a touch. Other than that, the top of the church is a little close to the top edge leaving little room for the matte and frame this photo deserves.
All in all it’s a photo I’d be proud to call my own.
Thank you, Jeff! I’m still learning to process, so I’ll add highlighting specific areas to my list. I actually straightened the photo so the church didn’t look (slightly) off kilter, so I lost the bit of the shot I had at the top – there’s always a trade off, I guess 🙂 And wow…a matte and frame? Yay!
Yup, matte and frame! Depending on what software you’re using you should be able to brighten those shadows a bit without adding too much noise.
However, and this is the most important, how does the photo look to you? My vision isn’t your vision, so if the photo is as you envisioned it you should enjoy it like it is. I am oh so far from an expert.
lol what I “see” and what I can “do” are two totally different things, unfortunately! I have just recently started working in Photoshop, so I have a LOT to learn.
You and me both! I have more than my fair share of photographic experiments gone awry. There’s nothing worse than having an image in my head that no matter how well I know my camera I can’t realize.
I’m a Lightroom user, I found it much more intuitive that PS.
Love the second shot but what caught me the most was the clouds.:))
Thank you! It almost looked to me like the church was belching them out of the chimney lol
wow.. really good shot this one..
It’s an odd and crazy dramatic image in my opinion. I think you were right to go with black and white here.
The black and white is really what gives it the drama. Glad you agree 🙂