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  #172 Arches
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Glorious Arches       ©2016 Mepo
Panasonic DMC-FZ30       1st place, 197 points
2s, f6.3, ISO 80, ?, Aperture Priority, Pattern, no flash
Post-Processing: Combine two images. One for the windows and one for the interior. Automatic sharpening and enhancement.       Extra Info: I tried perspective correction but it seems to distort the reality of the soaring arches.
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Jun 8, 2016
    More great comment. Thank you all.
Note to Bernie: If you want to 'make' Lo choose a theme (or anything else for that matter) please be my guest. I would advise that you get your medical insurance up to date before your attempt. :-)))

Jun 8, 2016
    Hey, I just noticed the results are in! Congrats! (no wonder you made Lo choose this theme... LOL)

Jun 4, 2016
    congrats Mepo, on being first and such a cathedral. You do it justice

Jun 1, 2016
    Very impressive--both the photo and your 1st and 2nd place wins! Nice going.

Jun 1, 2016

Jun 1, 2016
    Many congrats on a fine win Mepo. Yes 'the old one, two step' was very enjoyable on both sides :-). This photo was my No.1

So they are painted! I thought I'd never seen marble like that before :-) .
Edited on Jun 1, 2016

Jun 1, 2016
    Mepo - I somehow MISSED this beauty of a picture!!! Forgive me, and my warmest congratulations for your merited victory!

May 31, 2016
    Many thanks everyone. Your votes were appreciated and your comments even more so.

May 31, 2016
    Congrats Michael, beautiful location beautifully photographed. It has an almost artificial look, as some pointed out, but I think it adds to this image of a very magical place. Something straight out of a Disney movie.

May 31, 2016
    Congratulations on showing this beautiful church in all of its glory.

May 31, 2016
    Congrats Mepo on two great captures. Both were my #1' s. You are clearly the overarching king of arches.

May 31, 2016
    I knew I been before. Great shot well done

May 31, 2016
    A big WOW from the first moment I saw it. Congratulations!!

May 31, 2016
    Congratulations Mepo. Well deserved win.

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May 31, 2016
    I think you made the right choice in leaving the perspective as is. The lighting and color are awesome!!!!!!!!

May 31, 2016
    Thanks for all the great comments. For those who felt it was a bit too much, I tend to agree. I've never seen a cathedral with painted columns before and I think that takes the decor a bit over the top.

Neil: This is the Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa. It is a 19th-century church. Check the entry in Wikipedia, especially the shot of the altar area which is even more over-the-top. Also, you are right about the exposure for the windows. I took this on the last day of the challenge and processed it in a hurry.

May 31, 2016
    Fabulous architecture, beautiful photo. My top pick.
Edited on May 31, 2016

May 30, 2016
    What an Amazing looking building! I'd love to photograph it :-) .Where is it? What is it called? You did excellently to get this result from only two exposures. I'm really impressed with the amount of detail you managed to capture (almost too much at the pointy end!). It's almost perfectly centered too. My only real issue with it is the 6 windows. maybe the exposure you used to take them was a bit too short as they seem too dark as to look unnatural. Maybe it was getting dark outside and the exposure needed to be pushed somewhat? The transition between the windows and building seems to be a little abrupt in places. Maybe a touch of 'bluring' between the two would help? GL.

May 29, 2016
    Spectacular and technically brilliant photo. It ends up looking a bit too complex and 'faked' for my taste.

May 29, 2016
    Stunning array of arches. Love the detail and the grandeur.

May 29, 2016
    Beautiful and plentiful arches. In my favorites

Old Finn
May 29, 2016
    Nice view. In my favorites.

May 29, 2016
    in top of my list

May 29, 2016
    I don't mind your converging arches. After all that is how we see it. Certainly not lacking in arches. Well taken.

May 28, 2016
    Wonderful shot!

May 28, 2016
    dave: I agree it is a bit busy. I've never been here before and all the ornamentation blew me away. I did try moving further up the nave but then, there was even more decoration in the area of the altar and it lost the sense of size that the columns help transmit. I also took some shots right on the floor to include more of the plain pews to offset the richness of the decorations above but it didn't work as well either.
eagle1, ysal, fc, Thanks. My first visit to this cathedral.
Jade: The problem is that the interior is lit primarily by light through the windows with a predominant blue tinge (due to the stained glass) and secondly by large incandescent lanterns (yellow light) in the side aisles.
The RAW image had a distinct blue cast (which is false) and in checking back I noticed that I changed the light balance from 3900 to 3400. I thought this more closely represented the actual scene.
I don't have much success with tone mapping. In my hands, it makes the image look very flat like a page in a book. With the camera on a tripod, I took a second exposure at a manual setting to get an image of the stained glass windows. Back home, I selected the windows and large lights and then deleted the rest of the image. I then layer what was left over my main shot, using the cursor keys to nudge it into exactly the right position. In retrospect, I should have brightened them a bit. I took this on the last day of the challenge so was a little pushed for time :-) Thanks for the comment, I hope this answers your question.
Robert: Thanks.

May 28, 2016
    Dramatic image - certainly conveys the theme. High in my ffavs

Jade O.
May 27, 2016
    Surreal yet wondrous. I sense a slight artificial cast in the colour though I could be wrong. That bumped it from my no. 2 to my no. 3. Wondering how you combined the two images and if they are tone mapped.

May 27, 2016
    I like the fact you didn't correct it
if it is where I think it is I have visited many years ago

May 27, 2016
    I seems unfair that you had access to such an amazing place for this challenge, LOL. Beautiful, very high in my TT.

May 27, 2016
    Eye candy image; nicely processed. I'm jealous that I don't have such visually rich cathedrals where I live.

May 27, 2016
    What a church! Nice job of capturing this image... all the column on each side and pews at the bottom make it very busy but the well lit celling adds some peace. in TT
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