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Old Dec 20, 2011, 9:29 AM   #1
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Default Cragsmoor Stone Church -- Lessons & Carols

Although the old country that I left behind will always be "home", "home" in another sense, is now here, too.

So when I came back alone from a visit to the old country, what with my wife still there for few more weeks, home didn't feel much like home and I felt a longing for "family".

It was good that "Lessons & Carols", Cragsmoor Stone Church's Christmas service, happened at a right time for me. It felt good to have family on both sides of the globe.

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Old Dec 20, 2011, 11:06 AM   #2
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These are beautiful....stunning shots...
The Church looks wonderful..
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What a beautiful church.
I love the lighting in #1, very welcoming.
Glad you enjoyed it.
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Old Dec 22, 2011, 9:06 AM   #4
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Thank you, SIMON40, banksy.

#4) A fellow photographer fires a shot while I was taking mine and provides illumination.


#5) Musicians at the altar.
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G'day vv

Another set of suberb images from you again
I am most impressed by the sharpness and colour, the camera work shows great skill and the results are very professional

Q- have you done any pp to them or are they all ex-camera?

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Old Dec 23, 2011, 9:06 AM   #6
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Thank you, Phil.

Yes, I did pp. But minimal (if you don't count Topaz DeNoise since the interior shots are at ISO 1600) so they looked much like out-of-camera just sharpened with Topaz Adjust. I used the "Detail Strong" preset which does not alter color, but with the "Details" sliders slid to less strong levels.

None of the pics are HDR. For the first, exterior shot of the church, I corrected white balance on the foreground (church and grounds) to remove the bluish, nighttime cast and make it brighter. I left the sky at its original deep blue.

The church was well-lit and beautifully decorated which I think make for good pictures in the first place.

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#7) For this photo (and the individual speakers I took photos of), the use of flash made the heads of the seated people very bright. My eyes were drawn to them. So I created 3 layers: the seated heads, the subjects (singer and organist), and the background. I then brightened the singer and organist and darkened the seated heads and the background, in effect casting a spotlight on the subjects. I then noticed the wide distance between singer and organist, realized that the stone wall is a beautiful feature of the church, and so created a circular selection on the wall, feathered it, and brightened it, in effect putting a spotlight on the wall, too.
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Thank you vv

For your efforts & explanations, may I award you 12/10 for skills & results

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most excellent photos love them all

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Ahhh, the real spirit of Christmas shines through in these photos. Great effort and results once again.
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Thank you, Phil, Dave, Walter.

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