Photo's I bought: This one from Lukasztymszan

This is a continuation of my effort to offer a mini-critique on various photos I like. In fact, I like them so much I bought them with the credits I've earned from blogging here.

This one from photographer Lukasztymszan and is titled "Cathedral."

Here's what I like, and why I bought it:

1. The jet black sky. Looks like Indian ink. This sets the tone for the whole image. Clearly it feels like nighttime. Had this been during the daytime, I think it would have been just an ordinary shot.

2. In spite of the jet black sky, we've got great lighting in the windows. And, the bricks of the building are well lit. Yet, there's no "spotlight" kind of affect. Quit well done in my opinion. How do you do that?

3. This paradox of jet black sky and well-lit windows, (and bricks) is also aided by the very nice blue glow out of the top of the building. In my judgment it gives a nice dose of extra color in a very useful way.

4. I like the photo for the affect it creates. Where am I? Why am I here? What is this cathedral? What's going on inside?

5. The angle clearly puts me on the ground, looking up at this impressive looming building. I feel very small.

All these things considered, I picked this out of the bunch. Nice photo and nice affect! I like it.

(Throughout this process, I find myself learning things that I want to try to apply in my photographs.)

Photo credits: Lukasz Tymszan.

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August 23, 2007


That is a very nice photo. Great critique!

August 23, 2007


Thanks for the background on your photo - one of the things I enjoy is hearing the background story for our photos. Its fun to hear how you made the photo and where - and what the history is. Keep up your good work!

August 23, 2007


Thank you very much for purchasing my photo. When I asked you in my previous post I didn't mean you to buy it. Anyway Thank You.
I took this picture in the center of my city. My city was established in 1257r (the same year as Cracow but it was polish capital city in the history) as a small town in the eastern Germany. We've just had anniversary of 750 years. This cathedral was built something about 1330 - I'm not very sure. That's about place and building..
I took that picture by night using tripod and had to adjust my time of exposure to get that effect. It was easy to burnt the light off or to make them to low (if I can write like this). I took about 5 pictures from that angle and choose the best one. Using tripod and long times of exposure I got big DOF.
For me it's just a regular - normal night shoot but I really appreciate you've found so many nice features there.
Thanks a lot again.

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