This challenge was to present ‘lines’ in the image. I chose to photograph a church because there were endless examples of lines in the design of the architecture and placement of objects. I was granted permission by the vicar for St Ethelwolds church to take pictures and the church was opened for me just for this occasion. The first photograph is a closer portrait of a section of the church. The aisles and seats at the bottom of the image take the viewer into the picture and then the arches create vertical lines leading the eye to the roof of the church.

The large arch at the top of the image frames the scene and accompanied by the arches of the windows and roof produces an elegance to the lines. The settings were f5.6, 1/3 and ISO 200. These settings froze the scene, created a wider depth of field and exposed the image appropriately.

Due to the large variation in exposure, I used an HDR method by turning on the bracketing mode in the camera so that 3 pictures were taken. One image correctly exposed, one image two fstops under and the third picture 2 stops over exposed. I then merged the images together in Photoshop CC, creating a more evenly lit image. In reflection, I should have used a larger fstop to ensure the whole image was sharp.


The second image was a wide angle of the main section of the church. There are many examples of lines that lead the viewer into the image. The chairs break up the vertical lines of the pillars and add horizontal lines. Personally, this makes the image feel wider and the church at a grander scale. The grids on the floor lead the viewer’s eye straight into the image up to the vicar’s table. The largest archway dominates the image and frames the top seating area. The curved lines of the arches add elegance and the vertical line produces a more powerful presence to the church.

The settings were similar to the previous image, however, the aperture was changed to f10, making more of the image in focus. The HDR effect was also used in this image, using the same process. A Canon 16-35 f2.8 L IS USM wide angle lens was used to fit most of the church into a single frame.


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