door and cloister of the convent of Las Duenas, Salamanca





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reginarosin November 03, 2015
this photo makes me wonder what is behind the door
claudiovaz January 13, 2016
Perfect light, frame and POV. Did you use RAW system to preserve the back light?
acevasco January 29, 2019
Hermosa foto, un capo con la profundidad de campo, hermosos puntos de fuga. Me encanta tu galería Eugenio!

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The photo is taken in Salamanca. I’m an amateur Photographer. Prior to my retirement I haven’t had a camera in my hands or, better, never I haven´t interested especially in photography. After my retirement, I got one camera, I wanted to know more about its and started my interest to find out more. Since then, I've taken some courses to know better this art. Now, photography is may hobby
Afternoon. I was looking for a photo of the facade of the "Convento de San Esteban" or, "Dominicos". In this convent came Chistoforus Columbus to have a counseling before his navigation that ended discovering America. Before de sun goes down, the stones take a sepecial gold and warm color. These is the color of the stones in Salamanca. In the way I shaw this door, and the light of the moment, specially the reflection and the depth of the columns surprised me. I know very well this light, because I was Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Salamanca, the oldest University in Spain. In this moment I'm Emeritus ( this the reson of my avatar).Now I live in Madrd, but return every moth almos once. Now with my Camera.
The reflection of the golden light on the door atracted my atention. Perhaps the golden stones reflected his color on it. The light, the warm color gave me the experience thatr express the spirituality of the Nuns than live into.
Camera: Canon EOS 5d Mark II. Lens: Canon 24-70, f 2.8. and a tripod Manfrotto.
As I've said before, it caught my attention the reflection of light, especially on the door; also the depth that gives the columns of the cloister. It was a warm and it seemed to me that it expressed the spirituality of the nuns who live inside.
I usually start developing my photos in Lightroom for the first adjustments. Then step to Photoshop, where I give more fine touches, following an order almost equal: find the exact color with layers of thresholds and curves. Mark, almost always with curves, the brighter areas and the darker, then examine the contrast and finally give the tone of color that interests me. I usually use many curves and layer masks because I treat images locally. I usually add some texture that highlight mood I want to give, or the time of light, and usually end up with Vignette.
In my camera bag
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MARK II. Lenses: Canon EF 24-70, F, 2.8. Canon 16-35 ffor landscapes, and Canon 70-200, f 2.8 for Portraits and land scapes. Also a flash Canon 580 EXII, and a Manfrotto tripod
The hardest thing of this kind of photos, with the reflection in the door, is that this reflection does not shine directly into the Camera, but not remove it. Using a tripod is easier to adjust the parameters of the camera and its location. I would much advise the use of textures, in the post-production to enhance the scene. PD. I apologize for my English. Never study it formaly, but read it fluently because my profession needed it.

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