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. 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 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.
A detail shot.
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.