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Looking Up

The original photo for this post I took almost a year ago, and have been tinkering with off and on ever since. It was taken with my wide angle lens which is an 11-22mm lens. The lens was purchased for two reasons, one is for landscape purposes. Wide angle lenses can deliver sweeping landscape shots. Β The other reason was for shots like this one below. The lens made it possible for me stand inside Holyrood Abbey and get a lot of the interior in one shot:

ISO 800 10mm f/13 1/500sec

In this case, it almost looks like I’m shooting from below the Abbey. The first edit I chose to convert to black and white, but I kept a lot of the blue tones in. Β It was a beautiful, almost blindingly blue day. So painfully blue, that for my first color version I toned the blues down by dropping the vibrancy:

ISO 800 10mm f/13 1/500sec

When I revisited the edit later, I added some warmth by increasing the yellow tones:

ISO 800 10mm f/13 1/500sec

I’m still not sure here, there are things I like about each of the edits and things I don’t, so your opinion is welcome below in the comments.

A bit of an aside, but in case you are wondering the Queen is at Holyrood this week:


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35 thoughts on “Looking Up

  1. I like the qualities that all 3 bring and for some reason I prefer the middle one. It’s on a feeling level really, something about the sky and clouds, how they inter-relate, contrast with the structure. Maybe it’s about the sense of balance I get in this one that resonates more for me.
    On another note, and wanting to be respectful…. I do think the Queen is a hoot. I love the hat with the little flowers, the glasses (lightly tinted or is it the sun?), the bouquet, the gloves and of course the purse! Her colorful wardrobe is delightful as is her persona! And longevity does seem to be in her genes!


    • Thank you for your thoughts on this. That contrast between sky and structure was really striking that day, so I’m glad that comes through, even though I did dial it back a bit.
      I follow the Queen on Instagram and one thing I am struck by is her work ethic and she is always immaculately turned out as well πŸ™‚


  2. My favorite is the second as the blue sky frames the Abbey beautifully. If you still want to add warmth to the Abbey, I wonder if split-toning would allow you to maintain the blue in the sky but add the desired warmth. But really, I think the second shot is brilliant the way it is.


  3. I prefer the one with the warm tones. It is brighter and shows more details of the stone work. Although the original is also very beautiful. Great photo of our Queen πŸ™‚


  4. I like your final edit best so far. The frame works well, too. Perhaps you might try to move the sky away from the slate tone back a wee bit of the blue. Cheers!


  5. I like both color versions better than the grayscale one.  (Full disclosure: I almost never prefer grayscale over color.)  Imagining a hypothetical color #3 with the comfortably blue sky of color #1 and the warmer look of stone in color #2, I like #3 best.  Getting there looks like quite a challenge.


    • Thank you very much for your thoughts on this. It seems you are not the only one who is thinking I could combine some of the elements of the second two edits. Sometimes edits just take a while and mean several trips back to the drawing board for me. That can be frustrating, but in this case, it just feels like a bit of a puzzle.

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  6. you really did get a lot of the interior – and in this post – I like the very first photo for a mysterious and timeless feel. The center right (up around there) had a light vibe leads into a sky that feels vast. And it is not a spooky mysterious – but almost spiritual and ponderous – with the darker interiors helping frame and lead the eye there.
    either way – a good photo all the way around and each edit has a different vibe


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