Stills V3

June 18, 2010

Denwick Chapel, Northumberland

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 00:00

First scan from Mamiya 7



  1. Color seems a bit off in the foreground. How do you like the mamiya?

    Comment by alofsm — June 19, 2010 @ 11:18

  2. The evening light on the chapel front feels a bit too bright: as soon as my eyes alight there I have to avert them. Various tree and branch shapes form enough framing both to reveal and the outline of the chapel and yet show its position. Returning to the light, the lit wall at the bottom darkens the track behind and would have benefited from removal (photographically!).

    Comment by zavaell — June 21, 2010 @ 06:40

  3. The crissing and crossing of tree trunks and limbs join the fence in blocking our view to some extent. The bright reflection of sunlight breaks through all of this.

    The strong light pulls us through the larger tree components without any apologies, it is hard to look away.

    Comment by rhoehne — June 22, 2010 @ 10:29

  4. Matt, I lightened to foreground a little and may have thrown the colour slightly out of kilter with the rest of the frame. The Mamiya is a smashing camera, ‘though it’s no Ikon or M6 in terms of agility. I’ve used it handheld and on a tripod. I prefer it over a dslr in both cases. The meter is not that sophisticated, but seems to work OK with nagative materials (I’ve not shot any chromes) and the lens is spectacular.

    John, I believe the wall crept in when I wasn’t looking – I might just crop it slightly and see if that improves it.

    Robert, thanks.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — June 24, 2010 @ 22:00

  5. It’d be more conventional without the wall for sure, but I’m not convinced that it needs to go. It wouldn’t work if it were dead level but the slight angle (plus the shadow to light range) emphasises the pattern of the rest of the shot – with everything coming out of that bottom left corner.

    Comment by colinjago — June 25, 2010 @ 10:37

  6. I see and understand Colin’s point about the wall on an intellectual level but still can’t reconcile myself to it: whether it is the wall or the overall composition I don’t know but the eye is trumping the brain! Not sure I want to be seen as conventional either, but will take the risk!!

    Comment by zavaell — June 25, 2010 @ 11:48

  7. The light is very convincing from very dark to so light that it is hard to look at it. The color, however, doesn’t seem quite right to me. The tree, roof, and ground look purple — which is interesting with the greens, but still a bit disturbing.

    Put me into the conventional camp with John if you must — the foreground wall takes me away from the subject.

    Comment by Christina — June 27, 2010 @ 04:14

  8. The image looks like it has a slight magenta cast, however it is difficult to judge colours not having been there.

    The bright front of the chapel doesn’t sit that well with the rich tones in the foreground, as the detail seems to be there it could be toned down.

    I don’t mind the wall.

    Comment by Rex — June 29, 2010 @ 20:15

  9. Certainly I see a magenta cast in the shadows, I imaging that’s a scanning effect.

    That ignored, this is very evocative of an English country church.

    Comment by doonster — June 30, 2010 @ 10:08

  10. Yes, there is a magenta cast in the shadows – a combination of scanning and me not correcting the shadows properly when I id the mid and highlights. Too much black and white in the recent past is my only excuse.

    The picture continues to grow on me and I may have another shot one evening when I’m in the north and the light is slightly less ontrasty.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — June 30, 2010 @ 22:55

  11. Without that front wall I’m left with some less than interesting pathway that takes me quickly out along the right side of the photograph. With the wall in, it does present a visual and mental obstacle. But once you jump over it you are then taken straight in to the scene behind the wire fence. An interesting visual trick to entice your viewer with.

    Comment by akikana — July 4, 2010 @ 05:39

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