View Full Version : St Paul's cathedral in London

01-16-2010, 12:00 AM
Here is a picture I took in December of St Paul's Cathedral in London. It's an amazing place that I think looks good in B&W. Anyway any advice/comments would be appreciated.



01-16-2010, 12:09 AM
I think I have to ask this right off the bat... why wasn't the bottom included? It just cuts off 2/3 of the door.

The BW is great for this subject. I am not to crazy about the composition.

Mad Aussie
01-16-2010, 01:37 AM
I have to agree with Kat on the composition here ... perhaps you just ran out of room with the zoom you had?
If this was a purposeful crop then I'll add that I find if I am going to cut something off ... I CUT it off! Not cut it off ... if you know what I mean. Don't snipthings ... lop them the hell outta there :) This makes it look like you meant it and leaves no one wondering if it was a mistake.

I think having the building more to the left of the frame as we look at it and including more of that dramatic sky would have strengthened this image a lot.

I also like the black and white here and the exposure in the building itself is brilliant. Really nice!

01-17-2010, 10:51 AM
Thanks for the comments. I wanted the picture to be as "clean" as possible, meaning I did not want any people and other distractions in the shot and that's why it was shot this way.


01-17-2010, 12:15 PM
I think I would prefer a few people and the entire image over an oddly cropped image. Sometimes you can't help it that there are people in it. Perhaps try a reshoot at a different time of day when there will be less crowds if that is indeed an option. :) Just a thought. NB (whoops.....it has been pointed out that you are in the US and this was taken in London:rolleyes:..I guess that's not an option...early morning and lack of coffee are to blame for the oversight ..but I still IMO feel it's a good rule of thumb if/when possible :))
I do like the BW conversion it shows the detail in the building nicely. :)

01-17-2010, 01:39 PM
Very nice B&W. It is a little late to suggest changes on a photo taken in London when you live in the U.S. but a few shots of just the architectural details would have been cool as well. If people are a distraction, as long as they are moving perpendicular to your camera you can make them disappear by using a slow shutter speed. That may not be possible if you are touring around without a tripod, but something to keep in mind just in case. :)

01-21-2010, 03:46 PM
I liked kinda, but the lower crop... dunno theres something to it