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Against the Storm

Against the Storm
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Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2572 W: 237 N: 6132] (24044)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-29
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
Camera: Nikon D-70s, Sigma 18-200 mm (F3.5-6.3), Sigma UV 62 mm
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Prayerful [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-03-29 3:28
Viewed: 2286
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken almost two years ago - I look at the image and it feels like an eternity. I returned to school just over two months later and feel like a very different person to the one I was then.

I came across this little church in Obermünstertal, (ten minutes from Münstertal), not long after I had completed a harrowing downhill trip on a narrow switchback road. To make sure I didn't forget the location, I used an old trick from my real estate photo days: I took a picture of the road sign immediately afterwards>
(This is also a great trick for remembering things like to whom you promised a picture. Have them write out their contact information, and then take a picture of it. Once you download to your computer, it should be right next to, or close to the picture you promised to send them.)

I captured it because I liked the feeling of this little church set against the large incoming storm (very apocalyptic :-)).
I would rather have had the cross on top of the church closer to the hitpoint, but that would have meant more sky and less detail in the church, so I settled for a simple off-centre placement of the whole building, choosing my shooting position so that the cross was pointing into that one patch of blue sky (a bit of symbolism at play here).
I set my exposure for maximum depth of field for the conditions and composed in camera. (I could not step any farther back because I was standing against a tree -- any further back and the tree would have been blocking part of the view)
Captured in raw, adjusted levels and colour saturation to what my mind's eye remembered, converted to jpg, cloned out some annoying electrical and telephone wires, cropped minimally (just to straighten the building a little), resized for TL, sharpened and added a thin frame.

As always, your feedback, workshops, and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

Thanks for looking.

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Bom dia Silke,
It is evident to me the importance of f/14 to capture a landscape full of informations of varying colors, contrasts, light and shadow. It is without doubt an excellent presentation. Nice low POV. I have some dubts about the black frame here.

nice image with good clarity iwould have cloned out some of the grey road on the right seems to take the eye away from the church but thats is just my opinion
tfs regards bryan

It's only in hindsight that we see our changes and growth! Sometimes pictures take us back! This is excellent Silke, a little OE in the sky, or maybe my monitor is too bright. I was thinking of myself skiing down the sloped roof...ha! Sometimes we just get what we can get, can't move trees and such. The road doesn't bother me at all. Good shot!

I like it! Simple but effective composition. Great pov and it has a good dof with nice details. Good colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-03-29 9:05]

Hi Silke,
Good lighting in this landscape shot where this church is dominating the scene under such a dark sky. Good exposure management and perfect natural colors.
Sharpness is impeccable and neatness is there.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2011-03-29 11:05]

Hi Silke,

Very nice, I like the moody feeling this photo captures. Your combination of wide angle and aperture setting have resulted in excellent DOF, keeping everything, including the storm clouds, sharp. The off-center placement of the steeple works well. Thanks for the tip on how to remember location.


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  • Mitra Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1153 W: 70 N: 1116] (16)
  • [2011-03-29 11:41]

I loved it Silke. It gave me a good feeling & serenity. Great pov, good dof & beautiful colors. Well done.
Did you know I love churches specially the old European ones. I find my peace in church.

Wonderful shot Silke. The composition and lighting is fantastic. Very well done. A bit of oe in the sky but it almost enhances the mood. TFS, Lori

Hi Silke, The church is beautiful with wonderful details. The cloudy sky and the beautiful greens add such beauty to the photo. Even though it is a beautiful church, I think that I would have backed up several feet to show more greenery in the foreground. Just my personal preference. Were you able to go inside this church? Lisa

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