Church Bench

Take A Seat

This weekend I left the wonderful city that is London and headed to the more rural settings of Essex and Norfolk. I took my camera gear with the intention of photographing a school where my friend works, the photos being taken for their own use so I didn’t expect to get anything out of it for myself. However, the trip to Norfolk provided the opportunity for a whirlwind visit of a few old church remains.

There wasn’t really much to view other than the standing spires and one or two walls; but I managed to take several photos of them and the light was good as it was near to the magic hour.

One particular ruin was beside a corrugated iron church which was a greenish blue colour and stood in nice contrastt to the remaining stonework nearby.

I took the above photo outside this iron church and felt the bench and window were nicely composed. The colours of the iron were a little too bright and not quite textured enough for my liking so I decided to process this one in black and white instead, and I quite like how the tones came out with some nice shadow in the iron structure itself.

Unfortunately the white window frame is a little overexposed so loses some of the detail in the image, though this is opposite to what will normally happen when I shoot a window as I usually end up having the wood exposed and the panes themselves, or at least the contents behind either under or over exposed.

Black & White is something I wish to do more of this year and I find it quite hard to get right; it’s certainly not as easy as taking a colour shot and simply desaturating it!

Any comments or feedback on ways to improve in this area would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Wayne Frost

    I think you and Tyler Wainright were two men with similar vision this week, separated only by an ocean. http://mcaf.ee/f3d76

    Feb 01, 2011 @ 8:20 pm


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