Temples are not always quiet

Last weekend my friend and I stepped out from the rain into the main hall of the Kawasaki Daishi Temple. The great hall is partitioned. A quarter of the room, set before the alter, is covered in tatami mats for people to sit and meditate while the remainder is the alter packed full of ritual objects from the Shingonshu branch of Buddhism. To the right of this main alter was a young monk practicing the drum. The hall was too dark for a low ISO, so didn’t think I could use any of these. But today Lightroom brought out detail from the darkness.

The original with an exposure adjustment and color correction for the light.

The original with an exposure adjustment and color correction for the light. I like the full shot but the sunlight is reflected in the glass protecting a painting behind and above the drum. I’m told I can fix that. One day.

Cropped with some adjustment in color to compensate for the lighting.

Cropped with selective exposure control over the drum. One day I’ll learn how to minimize the reflections.

I wanted to see what I could do with the grain. My aim was something from an old newspaper or film.

I wanted to see what I could do with the grain. My aim was something from an old newspaper or film.

A detail shot.

A detail shot.

This is so interesting to me. One day I'll understand what I'm doing. For now, I'm removing all color information and selectively adding some back.

This is so interesting to me. One day I’ll understand what I’m doing. For now, I removed all color information and selectively adding some back. This turned the garish gold and brass to a sliver/monochrome. I put red and magenta back in.

Advertisements

7 Comments on “Temples are not always quiet

  1. Oh wow, I love the last one… it is a busy image! For the drum, I think you decided well to crop where you did. And the black & white/monochrome is even better.

    I’m not a photographer but I would cry if I lost my Photoshop or had to choose something else. I love doodling with it to see what I can do with an image.

    Like

      • The Photoshop I use now is a castoff from my daughter. Before that I used a free version that did a lot but not as much as you would want as a photographer. If you have kids or a friend in school you may get a discount on it. I’ve heard from some people that liked Lightroom but they only used it for limited things like cropping and changing lighting. I have no experience with Lightroom at all.

        Have you connected with other blogging photographers? Here is a link where I view images of various photographers on Leanne Cole’s blog. They compare notes and I’m sure they would be glad to have you follow.

        http://leannecolephotography.com/

        Like

      • Oh, thank you!

        The submissions on that blog are stunning. If that’s Photoshop, I’m in. πŸ™‚

        Like

      • I like that they all sort of give feedback and tips. Leanne has used Photoshop but I don’t think that is all. I’m a regular because I love images. I know Leanne and the others are approachable and love questions.

        πŸ™‚ Have a good day.

        Like

What's that you say? I can't quite hear you. Do you mind writing that down here? ;)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: