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Faithful Symmetry | May 30th, 2005
30 | May
"Faithful Symmetry"

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General: 5:27 PM on 5/26/05 | Canon 300D
Technical: 1/200sec | f/7.1 | 18mm (29mm) | ISO-100
Exposure Mode: Av (Aperture Priority)
Exposure Bias: +0
Flash: No

This is a church of some kind in downtown Phoenix. I feel bad that I didn't find out more about it, but I guess I wasn't planning on any pictures of it being any good. My favorite part about this image is the texture of the bulding and the dark lighting in the lower part.

This is a simple desaturation, with a very small amount of selective levels on the lower half to bring out the details a little more. Also a very small amount of unsharpen mask to bring out the fine details just a touch. I also have a channels version and a color version if anyone is interested.

I guess I'm on a black and white streak again; totally unintentional this time, I assure you.

categories: architecture monochrome

Thoughts of: Earl
May 30th, 2005 at 3:29 AM

Nice shot. I could have hooked up with you in Phoenix as I was just there for a graduation. Ha - nice coincidence. Great photo, Ryan.

Thoughts of: philip
May 30th, 2005 at 3:59 AM

very imposing photo. the lighting on sides of the towers is quite spectacular. nice contrast too. :)

Thoughts of: Chantal
May 30th, 2005 at 5:01 AM

I love symmetry in pictures..... you suceeded very well.

I made some pictures during my long weekend, if you like, go check them out at http://www.chantaliaans.com/egmond_aan_zee_01.htm

Thoughts of: Chet
May 30th, 2005 at 6:14 AM

Beautiful lighting. It looks like a 3 dimensional computer model from a game or something. There's an interesting texture on the sides too.

Thoughts of: Nik
May 30th, 2005 at 7:44 AM

Beautiful, There is (or at least was, not sure if it's still there) a church that almost looks like this in Kingman, only it had one tower not two... it's good photography despite my phobia ;)

Thoughts of: ak
May 30th, 2005 at 10:47 AM

whoa. very nice. this is a great b/w shoot with very good contrasts. go on ryan :-)

Thoughts of: alexandra
May 30th, 2005 at 2:11 PM

Perspective, as they say, is everything. ;-)

Thoughts of: nazzina
May 30th, 2005 at 6:05 PM

this is totally stunning! contrast, lights, angles... perfect :-)

Thoughts of: izzy@amateur commune
May 30th, 2005 at 6:36 PM

wow~very nice architecture shot, the light and shadow are amazing

Thoughts of: Alec Long
May 30th, 2005 at 6:56 PM

Oooh, nice one! I like the dark/light areas as well. Great exposure.

Thoughts of: Matt
May 30th, 2005 at 7:27 PM

This shot looks great. I really like the glow of the light off of the building.

Thoughts of: jyoseph
May 30th, 2005 at 11:05 PM

Yea but I'm really liking this black and white streak you have going. I was going to ask how all of your images seem so crisp, I'm going to guess 1) a steady hand 2) a nice tripod or 3) unsharp mask. Or maybe a combo of all of the above.

At any rate, really powerful shot you have here, a perfect range of tones with great texture coming out on the buiding. Great job, Ryan!

Thoughts of: abe
May 30th, 2005 at 11:19 PM

I think this is St. Mary's - great shot! Love the texture. B&W was a nice choice.

Thoughts of: Jason
May 30th, 2005 at 11:29 PM

I love the contrast and really dramatic tones in this one. I would be curious to see the color version but for some reason, even without seeing it, I feel that this B&W version will be stronger. Great shot Ryan!

Thoughts of: Stray
May 31st, 2005 at 1:35 AM

Wow - I love this shot. The lighting is just surreal.

Thoughts of: Garth
May 31st, 2005 at 10:09 AM

Beautiful Tones!

Thoughts of: frisky?
May 31st, 2005 at 12:38 PM

AMAZING contrast in this shot!!! wicked.

Thoughts of: pilgrim
May 31st, 2005 at 2:00 PM

Very mpressive perspective, I like the angle a lot. Beautiful lighting too, specially the sidelighted towers due to a sinking sun, probably.

Thoughts of: David Kapp
May 31st, 2005 at 4:28 PM

Great B&W conversion. It has a great feel & mood, almost film like.

Thoughts of: ChrisK
May 31st, 2005 at 4:46 PM

Great mood youve created here, Ryan. love the point of view, the toning, backlighting by the sun..its all come together really well.

Thoughts of: potty
June 1st, 2005 at 11:59 AM

looks like the sun is behind the building? i think this is perfect symmetry because even the shadows are symmetrical.

Thoughts of: Michael Czeiszperger
June 1st, 2005 at 9:31 PM

The range of b&w tones is subtle, and combined with the angle and the sharpness make for a shot with a lot going for it. Very interesting.

Thoughts of: Mom
June 3rd, 2005 at 3:07 AM

I love the lighting and symmetry - very artistic!

Thoughts of: Jim
June 3rd, 2005 at 8:42 AM

Beautiful shot. Great framing, but mostly I love the full range of values across it. Like you said, great sense of shadow texture on the church. Nicely done!

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