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Ruins of St. Gilles

This photo was taken in Caen, France:

ISO 200 14mm f/16 1/200sec

We had spent the day looking at many of the sites in the city, Caen has a lot to look at, and it was a beautiful day to be out and about. The photo above is the ruins of St. Gilles. Here is my edit of this photo:

ISO 200 14mm f/16 1/200sec

I used a wide angle lens to take the original photo. I did start with a crop for my edit because there were a few buildings on the right side of the frame that I found distracting. I also took out the piece of red trash. My other edits were just boosts, a bit of tinkering for things like the white balance and detail enhancer. I find that in Luminar 3, I am using the details enhancer slider in place of the clarity slider. Why? the details are broken into three sliders, small, medium, and large details, I find this allows for a bit more nuance in the sharpening of the image.

Small edits, but I do like the result. What do you think? feel free to comment below.

I often have conversations through this blog about workflow, including management of files. The photo in this post is on my “slow but steady” track. I keep all my files in folders that are arranged chronologically by date. The folder will also have the name of the place where the photos were taken, in this case, Caen. When it comes time for that folder to be edited it is often months later. In this case, the photo was taken last May. It’s at this stage of editing that a lot of files end up in the trash bin.Β  It’s also at this point where I often refer to the photos I have taken of the scene on my phone as they have the GPS location data and I find that helpful for things like pulling up the name of this church. I fall into the camp of people who frequently move photo files off of my phone and on to my hard drive, so those iPhone files were in the same folder, that just makes things easier in my opinion.


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Architecture.


26 thoughts on “Ruins of St. Gilles

    • Thank you very much for this feedback. I would agree, this image doesn’t need much, it was a beautiful day and it’s an interesting subject. I won’t lie, I might go back and create another version, a “vintage” or a black and white, I curious about how that might work.

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  1. The edit result is beautiful, Amy. Thank you for sharing your experience with Luminar 3. I also get my photos organized by date then by name of the file. I sure would love to try L-3 soon.


  2. What trash? Can’t really see it on the first and I like the way it was edited especially seeing all the nature growing on it. As for files I keep mine by subject.


  3. As always, I appreciate your light touch in editing this beautiful photo.  This is one of the *rare* cases where I would be a little more aggressive.

    I found the white building and black windows on the left so distracting that I downloaded the image and tried moving the left edge inward, just barely enough to remove them.  That cropped away a sliver of the ruins also.  Tho ususally a little too reluctant to crop away any part of the main subject, I felt that this was an acceptable tradeoff.  Then I lowered the top edge, so as to leave less space above the tops of the blossoms.  (From top blossom to top edge went down to about the same distance as the height of a typical stone in the ruin.)  I felt that tighter cropping yielded a more dramatic look w/o being histrionic.


    • I had to chuckle a bit of the “histrionic” bit. I always find it interesting what different people see within an image. I actually like that more modern building in the frame, which is a bit odd for me, I would say that when I photographic historic sites, I usually prefer to keep more modern elements out. It’s super interesting to me that you went as far as to give it a try and see what the results would be. Thanks for your comment.

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