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photoblog image Canterbury Cathedral (side)

Canterbury Cathedral (side)

An isometic view of Canterbury Cathedral. This is the other side of the court yard shot I displayed 2 days ago. Added a bit of digital velvia during touching up to make the grass and sky a bit more vibrant. No polariser or any other tricks used. No HDR - I'm convinced that a flat looking HDR version of this wouldn't look very appealing at all.

For those who don't know what velvia is, it is a type of slide film made by Fujifilm (yeah, remember film?!). The colours velvia gives are very good for landscapes - supersaturated blues and greens. It's nice for shots like this, but gives really poor skin tones. So velvia should be avoided when taking photos of people. This of course was taken in digital, so the velvia effect is a simulated attempt to get the supersaturated colours that velvia film would have produced.

And there you go - now you know everything there is to know about velvia!

Canterbury Cathedral (side)

An isometic view of Canterbury Cathedral. This is the other side of the court yard shot I displayed 2 days ago. Added a bit of digital velvia during touching up to make the grass and sky a bit more vibrant. No polariser or any other tricks used. No HDR - I'm convinced that a flat looking HDR version of this wouldn't look very appealing at all.

For those who don't know what velvia is, it is a type of slide film made by Fujifilm (yeah, remember film?!). The colours velvia gives are very good for landscapes - supersaturated blues and greens. It's nice for shots like this, but gives really poor skin tones. So velvia should be avoided when taking photos of people. This of course was taken in digital, so the velvia effect is a simulated attempt to get the supersaturated colours that velvia film would have produced.

And there you go - now you know everything there is to know about velvia!

comments (14)

Wow this would look great in HDR ;-) I can never resist cathedrals. They have a sense of permanence to far outlast any thing I'll ever do.
  • Suby
  • MK, UK
  • 5 Apr 2006, 08:23
Wow, thank God you did not go the route of HDR (helleluja been sung here). Now back to good old photography. Welcome back Duane. smile

You got some lovely shots from Canterbury. Well done bro.

Suby
  • Shuva
  • India
  • 5 Apr 2006, 08:44
Very beautiful sunny day, but I think a slight underexposure would have brought out some more details on the pillars and the roof.
Duane,you have inspired me. I am going to take some pictures of old cathedrals now
  • david
  • Bendigo, Australia
  • 5 Apr 2006, 09:17
a magnificant building - nice angle on the image and the colours are spot on!
  • chunter
  • Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK
  • 5 Apr 2006, 09:22
HDR? Why would anyone think exposure needs adjusting in this shot? It seems pretty spot on to me. The shadows and highlights look pretty much as they must have been on the day.

The only thing I might try is straightening up the verticals with perspective tools.
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 5 Apr 2006, 11:39
I love old churches like these, so well preserved with so much history.
  • Micki
  • 5 Apr 2006, 12:01
Very nice! Such rich colors in your "velvia version!"
  • Veloran
  • Singapore
  • 5 Apr 2006, 13:25
Great colours!
Hi, Duane. I like it. It looks like you took it in harsh light. With that preface, you did a great job. It is a little washed out on the right side of the building, though. I really like the saturated sky and grass. I've always heard the wonders of Fuji Velvia; maybe I will apply it in post. Regards, Brent
  • sk
  • Smallville
  • 5 Apr 2006, 14:37
nice shot Duane, tried HDR he he he
Velvia always reminds me of a cheese product called "Velveeta." The effect does enhance the landscape nicely.
  • skee
  • skeetown UK
  • 5 Apr 2006, 22:02
As usual, when it comes to building and animals....u da man! Lovely shot!
  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 5 Apr 2006, 23:40
Thats wonderful! smile
Im always getting interesting information through your blog about elements of photography smile

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