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Photography Magazine

Members' Gallery

Issue 84 - January 2019


Ian Middleton: Afternoon sunrays falling over the church of Sveti Josef (Saint Joseph) in Slovenia, seen from the church of Saint Anna (Sveta Ana). I hike in this location a lot, and also photograph this scene all the time, so I knew it well when presented with this moment. I was hiking with my family here, but thankfully had my camera with me when I emerged on top and spotted the sun begin to break through the clouds. I knew it would hit this church and so immediately dashed to a viewpoint where I knew I could get this composition. I could see that the sun was illuminating the frost on the lower part of the hill, and the high contrast would silhouette the foreground trees (enhanced with some extra processing).Thankfully I had time to meter the scene and set to manual, frame up my intended composition as the sunrays moved closer to the church. When they did, I was ready.

DN: This is a dramatic picture with immediate impact, and a fitting winter image for this month’s Member’s Gallery. Well done for capturing this magic moment Ian, I’m sure it didn’t last long. I love the rays bursting onto the scene, and the colour contrast between the warm tones at the bottom of the hill and the cold, heavy sky. The position of the church in the frame is perfect. A few details bother me though; those branches intruding on the left of the frame are a distraction, and I’d like to see a touch more detail in the burnt-out area of the sky. It is though a very strong picture.

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