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Rural Church

Posted by
Barbara Kile (Ft. Worth, United States) on 19 August 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

In the Palouse. This is about as 'straight' a landscape image as you will ever see from me. And, it took quite a bit of Nik's Viveza to bring out some dimension as it appeared flat. This image is really about the light on the church and the lovely clouds. The clouds were outrageous this day and we waited for the light to fall specifically on the church.

Coming next....... some recent work - a flower! I'm finally settling in and have my macro studio about ready to go. We've had 19+ straight days of triple digits (and aren't done yet!) so being outside is prohibitive. Gotta do what I gotta do! :-)

NIKON D300 1/40 second F/16.0 ISO 100 195 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Steve from Camdenton, United States

Wonderful series of photos on the Palouse. Nicely captured! The light on the church was worth the wait, it stands out nicely against the landscape of greens.

19 Aug 2010 5:28am

Leanne from Victoria, Australia

It was worth the wait, what a wonderful sight.

19 Aug 2010 5:33am

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Your landscapes are so beautiful ........................

19 Aug 2010 7:12am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A very beautiful landscape! The soft undulating lines of the Earth and the dramatic clouds in the sky....why, just like the Beauty and the Beast!

19 Aug 2010 7:35am

Florence from Paris, France

What a pretty place. And a pretty process.

19 Aug 2010 7:35am

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

Oh my! This is such a wonderful shot. I simply love the lighting and how the church seems to be "highlighted" by the sunlight. I also like the dramatic looking clouds - it adds to the mood.

19 Aug 2010 8:32am

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Barbara, I like the billowing clouds here. How did you bring out the detail using Viveza? With the structure slider? I'm a newbie with the software. BTW, I read somewhere that the seasons in some parts of Texas are described as Fall, Winter, Spring, and Hell! Or do you leave out Winter?

19 Aug 2010 9:57am

@Julie Brown: Thanks, Julie. I used several of the operations: structure, brightness, warmth, etc. It's best to create, say, for the warm gold grasses, several control points along that strip of the landscape. Then drag a selection of those control points, and 'group' them. The smaller the selection the better - then make a group. I use Viveza mostly to darken/brighten or warm several areas of an image. It's all about the light! There are likely some tutorials on the Nik site. I use Viveza on most of my images to some degree.

GJC from Kyoto (京都), Japan

The landscape is just magnificent, and you're right that the sun and the clouds are particularly striking. I also love the patchwork of colors in the landscape.

19 Aug 2010 11:50am

Marilyn Cornwell from Toronto, Canada

Wonderful, Barbara - of course the clouds are fantastic - your composition has wonderful balance and harmony! A winner!!

19 Aug 2010 12:51pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Excellent light!

19 Aug 2010 2:56pm

Shahryar from Isfahan, Iran

light ,colour,shadow,different layer,It's great capture ,I like it :)

19 Aug 2010 3:01pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Stunning light! This is so wonderful!

19 Aug 2010 3:37pm

Maggy from Liège, Belgium

Intéressant comme composition, j'aime beaucoup la lumière, le cadrage et les couleurs; tout!

19 Aug 2010 6:55pm

Shar from Regina, SK, Canada

Spectacular! One word says it all!!!!

19 Aug 2010 7:27pm

JOEMULLIGAN from burnsville, nc, United States

Beautiful image. The curving hills, the looming clouds, and the tiny square church. Nice!

19 Aug 2010 8:35pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Are you sure that this is not a painting???

19 Aug 2010 8:46pm

@john4jack: I'm sure! :-)

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Thanks for that info about using Viveza. I do use control points, but didn't know what the 'group' selection was for. I have watched the tutorials, but I need to go back to them and watch them again. Overall, I think it is pretty user-friendly and intuitive software.

19 Aug 2010 10:06pm

Susan from Pompano Beach, by Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

It's a beautiful image......and funny, i was thinking about an indoor flower shoot myself this weekend, for very similar reasons......after being outdoors last saturday, in what felt like 107........i am looking to stay indoors this weekend....Can not WAIT until mid-October, when it will be safe for humans here to go back outside !!!!

19 Aug 2010 11:37pm

@Susan: Amen to that! Thanks, Susan.

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

It was worth the wait...the light on the church is sublime. The clouds are dramatic and all of the color work is smashing. B R A V O.

20 Aug 2010 3:27am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

This is a really special image Barbara - I love everything about it. I can feel another Spotlight coming on!

20 Aug 2010 8:58am

peter.K from blue mountains, Australia

interesting effect you have created here, as mentioned earlier, it does rather look like a painting...

20 Aug 2010 1:00pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

"settling in" - what does that mean?

20 Aug 2010 7:40pm

@john4jack: We moved a month ago - after being in transition for a month, so my life has been in a bit of 'uproar' since early June. :-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Did you move in the same area?

20 Aug 2010 10:19pm

@john4jack: Yes, still in Fort Worth.

studio17a from California, United States

Beautiful image, great colors.

21 Aug 2010 12:04am

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Beautiful landscape! love the colors and POV! Nicely done!

21 Aug 2010 3:23am

Scott F. Schilling from San Martin, United States

A fantastic scene and I like that you waited for the light to show in the church! Incredible skies!!

21 Aug 2010 3:46pm

Anita from West Nottingham, United States

The scene looks so cool and refreshing that it is hard to image you in triple digit temperatures! Poor you!

21 Aug 2010 4:20pm

@Anita: Another hot week ahead too. We need a break!

Marie from FRESNES, France

simple, et très beau.

21 Aug 2010 9:13pm

ellery from United States

Great clouds. Where'd they come from?

30 Aug 2010 7:14pm

@ellery: The sky, silly! :-)

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Thanks, everyone for stopping by!

2 Sep 2010 4:10am

NIKON D300
1/40 second
F/16.0
ISO 100
195 mm (35mm equiv.)

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