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April Squares: Top Shots, St. Albans Cathedral

ISO 32 f/2.2 1/100 4.2mm

Day 28, find other responses here.

Date and Location of Photo: October 26, 2019. St. Albans Cathedral. The town of St. Albans has a long and interesting history, so it’s a great place to explore. On this particular day though, we had tickets for the tower tour and also took the floor tour at the cathedral. The cathedral had recently opened a display on the history of the cathedral as a place of pilgrimage, and we looked through that as well. The weather that day was terrible but we got a lucky break in the rain and were able to pop out and take a few photos from the top.

Thoughts on the Edit: This file has the Luminar Look, Mono, added to it. It’s a black and white filter that I then set to 38%. Mixing color and black and white in my edits is something that I often enjoy experimenting with.

April Squares, an Explanation:

When Becky announced that the April Squares theme was going to be “top”, I thought it over and then sent her a message, then pitched my idea. She was open to my theme within the theme and the result is my response to the April Squares challenge.

I move a lot and I have a move pending. I’ve lived here in England for about four years and will be heading to the United States. Exact dates to be determined, given the current world situation, details have yet to be worked out. My April Squares is a “top shots” reflection on the last four years. Each square represents some moment or place that was meaningful to me. They are in chronological order moving forward in time. I’m attempting to post every day. All photos will be edited in Luminar 3. I hope you enjoy following along, I’ve enjoyed the process of creating. Your comments and thoughts are welcome below.




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Made with Luminar: From a Great Height

Well, this was a fun shot to get:

ISO 1000 f/10 1/100sec 29mm

It’s a shot from the top of St. Albans Cathedral. We were lucky, it had been raining earlier that morning and it started to rain again after the tour, so our timing was perfect for their tower tour. After we came back down, we did the floor tour as well. Both were really interesting and complimented each other well.  Here is my final edit of the photo:

ISO 1000 f/10 1/100sec 29mm

In Luminar a LUT called “Chrono Steel” was added at 64% and also the Golden Hour filter.

The Made with Luminar Series

This image is part of a project I am calling Made with Luminar. What the images in this series have in common is the software used to edit them, Luminar 3. As with my usual blog posts particulars of the camera settings can be found in the caption below the image. The text of these posts includes the Luminar “Looks” that have been applied to the photo. Each look is a series of presets that are applied to the photo. Where applicable I will mention what changes I have made to any of the looks. A full explanation of looks is available here on their website, https://skylum.com/luminar/user-guides/chapter-14-working-with-luminar-looks

You can assume other edits have been applied. My most common edits are cropping, detail enhancement, and vignette. Specific questions or thoughts on the image are welcome in the comment section below.


Added to Tuesday Photo Challenge, Steep.