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Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Glasgow Cathedral

Nikon D70 @ 18mm, 1/80 sec, f/9, ISO 200
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I had to go up to Strathclyde uni to pick something up, and thought I'd go to see the Glasgow Cathedral. It's been years since I last saw it, and forgot what an amazing building it is. I also completely forgot that the Glasgow Necropolis existed just behind it.

Anyway, I was quite disappointed when I got there because they were working on the path just in front of the main doors (big JCB and many workmen) so that ruined the "classic" shot of the building. However, I'm quite glad of it, because it meant I had to get a shot of it from a different, more unusual angle. So I jumped over some railings and got this shot.


Anonymous Thomas Comerford said...

Fantastic composition on this one, but I think the tone/contrast is a little bit too heavy?

10:53 am, April 07, 2005  
Anonymous Thomas Comerford said...

Erm, oops! I got an error the first three times...! :-)

10:56 am, April 07, 2005  
Blogger John said...

Heh, I think you were just trying to emphasize your point :)

I couldn't really do much about the heavy contrast in this one... I think it's more to do with the camera reaching it's dynamic range limits (blame the tools!) :)

I exposed so as not to blow the highlights. But I think the problem is the fact that the wall was in shadow - and because it's so prominent in the frame it makes the overall picture look quite contrasty. I actually used the shadow/highlight tool in Photoshop to regain some of the detail, but I don't like using this too much as it affects the overall image quality.

The thing that was worrying me about this picture was the composition... so I'm glad you like it! :)

Cheers for the comments Thomas

11:05 am, April 07, 2005  
Anonymous Thomas Comerford said...

I know what you mean about the Shadow/Highlight tool making images look a bit strange. I find I often end up doing the shadow/highlights on a new layer, and using a mask to paint in the bits I want... which probably explains why my hard drive is filling up with .PSD files!

1:08 pm, April 07, 2005  
Anonymous Neil said...

This is a nice shot. I think you’ve managed to capture the cathedral in a very favourable light. It’s a shame that the scaffolding intrudes on the picture. It doesn’t have too much of a negative effect but it would be interesting to see how it would look without it; unfortunately I think that the scaffolding is a fairly permanent feature. You should try getting a couple of pictures up the hill at the Necropolis; there are some great panoramic views of the city. You’d have to be careful you don’t get your camera stolen by the various delinquents, who for some reason choose to hang around and desecrate a grave yard, although they are probably more likely to try to steal your phone; the illogicality of this choice would surely escape them.

3:28 pm, April 09, 2005  
Blogger John said...

Sorry for the slow reply Neil. Thanks for the comments, they're much appreciated. I did actually go up to the top of the Necropolis, but the sun was intruding in the pictures too much. Definitely worth another visit when the lighting is a better position. You might like this picture here that I've finally got round to PPing.

"the illogicality of this choice would surely escape them."

Haha, love this line :)


11:11 pm, April 14, 2005  

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