52-week photoproject – Week 21


Old companions
Canon EOS 500D, 55-250 mm, 1/200 at f/8, 0 EV, 74 mm, ISO 200


  1. The caption escapes me on this one, Petra; but I do like the photograph. I couldn't help noticing the different shapes of the windows. That bit of turquoise roofing resembles a helmet. I've never seen roofing like that above the round window on the left and beside the "helmet" on the right, but it lends interesting lines and texture to the photo.

    1. Linda, thank you. I understand that the caption may be somewhat confusing, it may easily be just me who can see old companions in the photo. 🙂 Let me explain. There are two parts of the building that are most important in the photo and both of them have strong personalities – the tall and narrow one on the right with the round turquoise roofing (the helmet as you’ve described it nicely) and rectangular windows (which could resemble eyes) & the shorter and wider one in the centre with the square red roofing and oval window. They complement each another in certain way – the square roof of one and rectangular windows of the other as well as the round roof of one and oval window of the other. Companions, aren’t they? And because it is an old church and they experienced many seasons one next to the other, hence old companions.

  2. The contrast of roofs makes it for me. The overall image is assisted by the warm colours of the wall behind. Always difficult to know where to make the crop in subjects like this … personally I would have tried an additional shot capturing all three windows. The question begs as I commented in a previous post, would the under crop compromise the work at the edges of the image ?

    1. J, thank you. I get what you mean about the cropping, the edge of the third window shouldn’t touch the edge of the photo, just a few millimetres might have helped. The photo was taken almost as it is, I only slightly cropped the low and left edges which means that if I wanted to change the top edge, I would have needed to take bigger part of the building at the site. Wasn’t there something in the building which made me crop the detail of the roofs this closely? I don’t remember any more. This is another question – is it better to focus on quite a precise detail at the scene or take a larger picture and possibly crop it later because you may miss a detail like this you didn’t pay attention to at the moment of taking the photo? Both attitudes have their pluses and minuses and sometimes I try to take both versions but not always.

  3. I agree. I suppose I was only asking the question as the under crop would possibly the weaken and dilute the subject. The circular window in the bottom of the scene needs to breathe, which it does well to fulfil your theme. Another close look at the image and I realise why I said what I did and that was because you captured the window in the centre left perfectly and that led my eye to wander and think too much.
    You may think I'm a bit of a perfectionist, but given the same set of circumstances on the other side of the fence, I would probably end up with a similar shot on a blog page that you might comment on similar things to what I said 🙂

    1. J, I appreciate your thoughtful comments. You’re absolutely right assuming that if it was me on the other side of the fence, I might comment on similar things to what you said… The third window shouldn’t touch the edge like that, you know? :))

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