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Dark Religion
    I've always loved the Gothic style of architecture, the mysterious and dark look is just stunning. This is a shot of a Catholic cathedral made in 1908 in downtown Salt Lake City. Taken at night, obviously. I had stepped across the street originally for a shot, because I figure that was the one I wanted, but walking past it back to the car I realized that I actually wanted to do something sort of like what =bosniak does. Though definitely not on his caliber, I'm still learning, right? ;) Oh, and for the first time I set the white balance manually via Kelvin... what fun.

    Edits added: Photo Filter, Color Balance, Curves, Levels, Desaturation, Contrast, and added the JPEG output of the RAW file from irfanview, because it was lighter.


Camera Specs
Nikon D200
ISO: 400
Focal Aperture: 18mm
Exposure: 8" @ f/3.5
Date: 5/26/2007 - 11:33:00 PM
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
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:icontaylorjewelryan:
TaylorJewelRyan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks so modernly french, and holds a lot of the same qualities/ aspects of Notre Dame. [link]
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Zilchius Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It's just that lovely gothic style of arcitecture. :)
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TaylorJewelRyan Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, very lovely! I love how you retouched this one! It's awesome.
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EE- Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007
Uwaaaah~~ It's so lovely~! I didn't know there was a Catholic Church this pretty in SLC~! :D I must visit it sometime~! :< The shading and sky are both very beautiful~! >w< Quite well done~! Wee~!
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Zilchius Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah, it's right by a lovely Presbyterian one too. They're on... South Temple [link] (thanks Google!) ;) Thanks for the :+fav: :)
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Dredged Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2007  Professional Photographer
nice technic, I also take lots of long expossure photos, but the subjets are mostly stars, thunderbolts, the moon or simple landscape view. I liked the use of angle and the motion, given by the clouds...
nice work.
:sherlock:
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Zilchius Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
I love shooting lightning... haven't had any storms as of late though. I can't capture the moon (too bright) or the stars (too dim) though... at least, not yet. Any suggestions?
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Dredged Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007  Professional Photographer
if something you wanna capture is too bright for a low expossure shot, first you should reduce the ISO Value and the apperature as you can (I guess you know that for sure) İf that doesn't solve the problem than you should use a ND Filter (Neutral Density) which is only a simple grey layer, but usefull. it has factor and dependent on them it makes the incoming light lesser.

While you are taking low exp. sky photos you should not forget that the world is turning around faster then you think =) if you wanna make sharp star pics then you shoud use high ISO Values and try to make a higher expossure shot...

sorry for the late answer and my english, but i hope you understand what I mean... =)
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Zilchius Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
One of these days I would like to try a multi hour exposure at night, but recently I was able to capture the Milky Way like I've never seen it before with an ISO of 3200 and aperture of 1.8. But I'll definitely look into that filter you spoke of.
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Dredged Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
One more little recommendation from me, if you want amulti hour exposure shot make it with an analog camera or don't do it very often with your digital cam. The sensor grows warm and if you do that often it causes dead pixels in your sensor. Unfortunately I had that experience.

Yeah with those values you can see much better than your eyes =)
on my camera, i only have max 400 ISO and 2.7 aperature. hope i get my new camera these days...
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Zilchius Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Eep, thanks for the heads up on that sensor. What kind of camera do you shoot with anyhow?
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Dredged Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Professional Photographer
You are welcome, I have one Canon IS S2 as digital and one Zenit EM (as a real classic analog)
Bu this week I will buy myself a Pentax K10D.
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Zilchius Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Any reason why you're going with Pentax over Canon? ;)
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pgraves Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent. I just think this is outstanding. Love the composition and the angle, and the different tones and shadows that enhance the overall composition. Great job!
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Zilchius Featured By Owner May 31, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks :)
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bosniak Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
a bit blury but you have the style dude :)
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Zilchius Featured By Owner May 30, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Tricky getting the light right when shooting at night without blur... even more so when irfanview reads the RAW image with proper lighting, and Photoshop makes it really dark... >< I'll prolly go over the post production again and see if I can get it sharper.
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dandy-lion Featured By Owner May 28, 2007
aaahh...gothic art. my favorite kind to study. i love this picture. its awesome.
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:iconzilchius:
Zilchius Featured By Owner May 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Never studied it, can you tell me anything about this style? :D
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dandy-lion Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
are you being serious?
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Zilchius Featured By Owner May 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Maaaaybe. Depends on what you mean by study I guess. ;)
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dandy-lion Featured By Owner May 29, 2007
learn about...i love learning about the gothic style.
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Zilchius Featured By Owner May 29, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Agreed. :) I also really like industrial though... dunno why.
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Mr-Spoon Featured By Owner May 27, 2007
I like the sky in this.
The lighting on the building is great as you can see the different turns and styles in the construction but also the old and gothic look in the shadowed section. The sky looks strange, almost like it's moving fast? I like it though, gives the picture another dimention.
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Zilchius Featured By Owner May 28, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Was moving pretty fast, but a 30" exposure will make most any sky look lively. :D
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