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Old Apr 16, 2010, 3:40 PM   #11
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Thanks a lot, Walter! I'm beginning to appreciate single-shot RAWs. As long as I get the exposure right and there aren't too dark or too bright areas, RAWs are very convenient.

I still shoot in brackets, though. For #7 above, none of the single shot RAWs provided balance between the dark (too grainy) and bright (blownout) spots.
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Old Apr 16, 2010, 3:49 PM   #12
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BTW, here's my attempt at correcting perspective on #4.

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Old Apr 16, 2010, 4:09 PM   #13
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Looks like such a tranquil place. Are you sure that's NYC? :-) Very nice shots.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 7:51 AM   #14
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Thanks, Walter! Yes, it does look tranquil, doesn’t it? It’s the Church of the Transfiguration on 29th Street. Just a few paces away is busy Fifth Avenue .

To all, below are two more pics I took inside the gazebo-like entrance to the church compound.

#9. The gate is open -- I could have taken the shot from the left as Ned suggested.


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Old Apr 19, 2010, 8:19 AM   #15
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VV!!! I like the above shot, the first one... I just would have backed up a little... Don't mind taking the risk to take a vertical (portrait) shot as well the landscape shot.... and be sure to take at least a few shots, even using different settings. With the above, by stepping back, you allo for more work to be done in terms of minor cropping... thanks for sharing these. Ned
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 8:52 AM   #16
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Thanks, Ned! I don't have my camera with me today but I'll try different angels/exposures within the week.
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Old Apr 19, 2010, 8:58 AM   #17
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Sounds great! Just remember, whether it be different angles, stepping back or so, whatever, it's really about experimenting with a number of shots... There was one picture I remember that you took, where the angle was from below, and I thought to myself how in THAT case, it made all the difference in the world... as opposed to stading and taking a picture at eyelevel... All the best. Ned
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Old Apr 20, 2010, 3:44 PM   #18
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I went back today to the Church of the Transfiguration on 29th Street. Below are the shots I took.

#11.


#12. The Empire State Building is visible from the church grounds.


#13. The previous times I went there the Sanctuary was closed. Through the glass door I was only able to peer inside and see a lone candle flickering in the distance by the altar as if mocking me because under the dark but alluring lighting I cannot shoot handheld. Today I’m glad I came. Someone was playing on the church organ and there was an audience in the open sanctuary. When the performance ended and people started taking pictures, I went in, too, and did the same.


#14. Sanctuary.
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Old Apr 20, 2010, 9:49 PM   #19
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On my walk along Madison Ave. to-and-fro the Church of the Transfiguration on 29th, I once again took street-landscape shots. This time, either I reduced saturation (to keep the contrast I want) or did not push contrast too much so as not to inadvertently increase saturation as well.

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Thank you for looking! C&C welcome.
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Beautiful set - as always

I really love your low angle church shots like #14!
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