Thursday, February 22, 2007

Business as usual

Sint-Petrus-en-Pauluskerk, Belgium

No rest for the wicked. I've been on my travels again, hence the recent silence on the blog front.

The image above was taken in Ostend Belgium. The Sint-Petrus-en-Pauluskerk is a very impressive building, which was completed in 1905. The detail and ornamentation are extraordinary.

Here I attempted to balance the light inside the church, showing through the stained glass window, the light in the towers, the floodlights on the building and the ambient daylight. As you can imagine the exposure was tricky.

I really like photographing in twilight, mixing artificial and natural light. There's a small time-frame when the light is beautifully balanced. The evening glow fills in details in the shadows and the sky.

I used photoshop to correct the verticals and remove most of the wide-angle distortion.

In the end the image is quite magical and I think it complements the architect's vision. It was quite a challenge to get this shot with people wandering about and cars driving past the front of the church, but fortune favours the patient. So here it is.


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