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Church Stairwell in Romny, Ukraine



An old church stairwell in Romny, Ukraine.

An old church stairwell in Romny, Ukraine.
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24 Comments | Report
JeffreyA
 
JeffreyA August 08, 2014
nice shot
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Dacemac October 26, 2015
Congratulations! Genius!
mmunksgard PRO+
 
mmunksgard November 17, 2015
Great angles and contrast!
lauraedoerrie
 
lauraedoerrie December 12, 2015
Love it reminds me of of Esher.
CWphotos5
 
CWphotos5 January 08, 2016
Excellent tonal range and details...congratulations on being a finalist!
LonyMaya
 
LonyMaya March 09, 2016
Great B&W Photo. Congrats!
traceymcdonald
 
traceymcdonald July 02, 2016
Magnificent!
Betty_A
 
Betty_A July 15, 2016
Awesome detail. Congratulations on your wins!!!
marcdewitt PRO
 
marcdewitt November 05, 2016
I love the detail and the geometry of the opposing staircases. Very well done!!
rushewallace PRO+
 
rushewallace December 21, 2016
Love it. Great B&W
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FredericMONIN February 25, 2017
Great B/W !!!
Gslphoto PRO+
 
Gslphoto March 10, 2017
Wonderful capture. Great composition and contrast.
staceestracnerseverino
 
staceestracnerseverino March 29, 2017
YES M.C. ESCHER DEFINITELY COMES TO MIND! GREAT FIND, GREAT SHOT!
adavies
 
adavies April 06, 2017
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Cocowa
 
Cocowa June 30, 2017
Echt super wie du den Raum eingefangen hast. Sehr schön
Mspradlin
 
Mspradlin August 11, 2017
Nicely done love the detail
Alwolfe Premium
 
Alwolfe August 12, 2017
Awesome b/w shot!
tomcasey_3130
 
tomcasey_3130 August 14, 2017
Very creative eye!
Njomeza
 
Njomeza September 16, 2017
Awesome
darrellgillenwater PRO+
 
darrellgillenwater September 17, 2017
Nice shot
benjileevandenhooven
 
benjileevandenhooven October 01, 2017
Looks great!
stephenbraunginn Ultimate
 
stephenbraunginn November 03, 2017
The grunge look created with such brilliant lighting. Superb!
milcalyrodriguez
 
milcalyrodriguez June 21, 2018
This is giving me 1800s vibes. Maybe it’s the lighting and the color. Very cool photo
bobtoye Platinum
 
bobtoye August 12, 2018
Absolutely wonderful b/w . . . love those lines, that geometry!
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Behind The Lens

Location
Back in 2012, I was on a photo assignment in northern Ukraine. We came through the small town of Romny. There I visited this small church, and after getting a tour of the inside, I was captivated by this old stairwell. The were blues, greens, and browns that made up a majority of the colors.
Time
This was taken a little past noon, Ukraine time, which was a little past 3 a.m. where I had traveled from in Colorado.
Lighting
The only lighting in this stairwell came from the three windows in the photo. It was cloudless outside.
Equipment
Captured with a Nikon D7000 and a Tamron 10-24 wide angle zoom, using a Manfrotto 190B Pro CF tripod.
Inspiration
Simply put, the lighting from the windows, and the composition using an 10-24 wide angle zoom. Focal length was 10mm. From the distortion of the wide angle, and the layout of the stairs in the image, this scene reminded me of an M.C. Escher drawing.
Editing
Because the dynamic range of light was so great from the bright sunlight coming through the windows, to the deep shadows under the stairs, I had to shoot this with multiple exposures an combine them with Photomatix Pro. I then converted to black and white using Tonality Pro. The final result was such an earthy, gritty, yet appealing look.
In my camera bag
In my Tamrac Expedition 5 camera bag, I have a Nikon D7000 with a battery pack, a Tamron 10-24 zoom, and a Sigma 18-250 macro zoom.
Feedback
Having the time to walk around an area to get the best angle with the best-suited lens is ideal. Learning to see and to know how to approach different lighting situations will help you. Take the time to learn your camera thoroughly, so that you don't end up fumbling around when lighting situations get challenging or outright difficult. Since my background includes 4x5 view camera photography spanning more than 30 years ago, having an instinctive knowledge of hyperlocal distance helps greatly in determining the focus range throughout my photographic subjects.

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