E.J.Wilkins

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A bit of an experiment, using a tripod and my longest lens (40-150 mm 'kit' lens), to see how far I could 'see' and still get a reasonably detailed picture. I don't know if this is what I should expect from the lens.

It was a dull, damp, drizzly and windy day. The picture was taken - beneath the + here - just outside the cemetery which is on a hill. The church spire is almost due west, at the very edge of the screen below the 'H' of High Street. I think it's about a mile (1.6km), as the crow flies.

Johnnyg has a picture of the same church, taken from much closer - here -

I left the camera to choose the ISO, something I don't usually do.
Took the picture in RAW, which is new to me.
I've cropped in to improve the composition because there were too many tree trunks and dark green gorse in the foreground.
I think I might have over-sharpened a bit, but I hope to get that right after a bit of practice using the -CaptureOne4- software I've just downloaded.


Out of interest, does it work better with a black or a white background?
.

Lyndhurst


A bit of an experiment, using a tripod and my longest lens (40-150 mm 'kit' lens), to see how far I could 'see' and still get a reasonably detailed picture. I don't know if this is what I should expect from the lens.

It was a dull, damp, drizzly and windy day. The picture was taken - beneath the + here - just outside the cemetery which is on a hill. The church spire is almost due west, at the very edge of the screen below the 'H' of High Street. I think it's about a mile (1.6km), as the crow flies.

Johnnyg has a picture of the same church, taken from much closer - here -

I left the camera to choose the ISO, something I don't usually do.
Took the picture in RAW, which is new to me.
I've cropped in to improve the composition because there were too many tree trunks and dark green gorse in the foreground.
I think I might have over-sharpened a bit, but I hope to get that right after a bit of practice using the -CaptureOne4- software I've just downloaded.


Out of interest, does it work better with a black or a white background?
.

comments (19)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2008, 00:33
Looks very good to me, given that it was taken from so far away and I don't see any major sharpening artifacts. I think I'd try punching up the color and contrast a bit because the haze makes it look a little listless.
EJWilkins: It wasn't heat haze, it was wet haze which dulled the colours a lot. I was reluctant to try too much, but I'll have a play around here and see what else I can come up with. Thanks for the ideas Martin smile
It looks pretty good. That is a lovely looking scene.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Jan 2008, 05:35
I like the shubbery in the foreground, Ellie, and the overall haze of the atmosphere.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2008, 05:49
You know me and spires, clock towers and weathervanes, Ellie. I can see the value of punching up the color and contrast, as Martin suggested, but I also like the muted sense of haze, as Viktor says. I guess we get our cake and eat it, to.

Bravo for experimenting! It's interesting that you said you used RAW for the first time because I'm doing that myself today! smile
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 15 Jan 2008, 08:05
The shot looks clear to me I can read the time on the clock Ellie and my eyes are not that goodsmile
  • Ann
  • SucÚ sur Erdre - France
  • 15 Jan 2008, 08:12
Nice apparition behind the wood ... Nice composition and nice colours of autumn ...
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 15 Jan 2008, 09:20
I echo Martin's sentiments
The black sort of gives it 'gravitas', the white might accentuate the subtle tones. Difficult to choose really. I like the clarity and the white branches in the foreground.
  • Pops
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2008, 10:04
I think you got the sharpening just right and the colours are all pleasing to the eye. It may be just a kit lens you used but it did a good job on the Church. I can easily see what time you took the pic.
Shame the weather wasn't kinder for you to provide a more interesting sky
Excellent: a picture of the New Forest that is quite out of the ordinary
EJWilkins: Hmm, I suppose so - the whole area has been photographed to death - if you know what I mean? It's hard to find anything even vaguely original. So thanks for your thoughts. smile
It works for me Ellie. I like the colour tones
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Jan 2008, 10:51
I think this is good detail considering the weather. On a normal sunny day you will see even more detail.

Don't see traces of oversharpening. The sides of the spire looks a bit jagged (fine jags), but that could be reality as well.
Nicely done - I like it !!
  • Bill Phillips
  • Droitwich..wet, grey, miserable
  • 15 Jan 2008, 12:33
Now I hope I have got this right. With prints if the main subject is dark you use a dark mount. If the main subject is light use a light mount. You tend to get a halo effect with over sharpening, have a look at the tree I have got posted for this Friday coming and you will see what I mean. My camera doesn't shoot RAW, so I have to work within the restrictions of jpeg. All the experts use RAW, especially if you are going to produce high quality prints.
The only "problem" with this picture is the fact that the lighting is flat.
EJWilkins: Thanks Bill. I could have messed around with it a bit more, perhaps, but this is how it was (damp and misty) and I'm so reluctant to change things too much. One day I'll go and blast some pictures through processing. wink
Thanks for the thoughts about the backgrounds too, I tend to stick with black, if only because it tends to 'go' with the majority of my pictures, it won't work on a one picture basis
  • Ogonna
  • London
  • 15 Jan 2008, 16:07
Nice and warm spring-looking photo!
Good shot right here Ellie
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 15 Jan 2008, 17:29
I like the nice soft hazy colours as I know this is probably how it actually looked.
I always shoot in raw as you have far more power over being able to correct WB etc. It did take a while to get the hang of processing the pic though. In fact some of the first ones I took in raw just sat in the hard drive waiting for me to work it out for well over 12 months.
EJWilkins: As the only other pictures I've got were taken last summer I was beginning to get a bit desperate, and had to try processing them straight away otherwise I think I'd have been the same - too scared to touch them!
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Jan 2008, 01:45
liking the result Ellie.
Good for you, Ellie - taking the plunge in the raw (sorry into raw!) I shall be following your progress with great interest. (:o)
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 17 Jan 2008, 12:05
Lovely English countryside...well done.

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