The Sailor's Church

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Dave Wood, Sep 22, 2003.

  1. Dave Wood

    Dave Wood Guest

    Dave Wood, Sep 22, 2003
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  2. Dave,

    I think you've set yourself an impossible project. Unless the church itself
    really is much more visually interesting than it seems, it looks like a very
    difficult setting in which to get great artistic photographs. If you're
    thinking more of documentation, then that's different.

    What background do you bring to this? Why did you photograph this church?

    I think in general I see my own photographic limitations when I see that the
    thing which I strive for is to translate something which appeals to me into
    an interesting image. I know that just lining the "thing" up, focussing
    properly, choosing a satisfactory exposure, setting maximum depth of field,
    etc., does not work. But what to do beyond that is a big topic.

    What about choosing one or two of your favourite and least favourite from
    that collection, and saying what you think about them, and see where it
    could go from there.

    (Or did you just want someone to say "nice"? If so, sorry, scratch
    everything preceding.)



    Charles T. Low
    - remove "UN" - gallery - essay


    Charles T. Low, Sep 22, 2003
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  3. Dave Wood

    J C Guest

    I don't think it is impossible. But I do think that those pics are not
    that good.

    But then again, straight architectural shots, particularly interiors,
    usually are not that interesting.

    But they can be technically proficient. The best pic on this page is
    the top row center image -- at least the vertical lines are straight.

    Compare the other images to architectural shots on the pages of
    Architectural Digest and you will find these are lacking. Interesting
    image detail and straight horizontal and vertical lines are important.
    With a space as open as this one, a view camera would have helped

    Overall, if the goal here is to take good interior shots, then these
    miss. If the goal is to make art, then these are even further off the

    BTW, I have shot interiors -- for architectural and design firms that
    do office spaces.

    -- JC
    J C, Sep 23, 2003
  4. Dave Wood

    Paolo Pizzi Guest

    Technical critique:

    Did you use a zoom lens? That would explain the distortion.
    Really, zooms are not particularly indicated for architectural
    photography, where their higher distortion becomes painfully

    Artistic critique:

    DARE to be a little more creative. Try to find unusual angles,
    experiment with a lens below 20-mm. Play with the light.

    BTW, I'm nobody, just another amateur photographer, so
    take the above for what's worth (the usual $.02...)
    Paolo Pizzi, Sep 23, 2003
  5. Dave Wood

    J C Guest

    I'd go the oposite on that... wide angle lenses are not good for
    architectural shots because they will always distort the image.

    A "normal" lens for the given format is the best way to go. Neither a
    "normal" lens nor a telephoto will distort the image *until* you
    position the camera such that the film plane is not parallel with the
    horizontal and vertical lines in the building/walls. And when the
    normal and telephoto lenses are tilted in such a matter, the issue of
    perspective comes into play (i.e., straight lines receed into the
    distance giving the appearance of two opposite wall or columns
    converging toward the top/bottom (whatever) of the frame.

    This convergence is solved by using a view camera in which the image
    projected on the film can be adjusted by moving the bellows out of
    parallel to compensate.

    A view camera cannot, however, adjust for the circular distortion
    projected by a wide angle lens.

    -- JC
    J C, Sep 23, 2003
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