Church at Night





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Behind The Lens

This photo was taken of our church as I was leaving a late night meeting the winter of 2020.
The night air was still, and there were remnants of snow on the ground, around 8pm as I took this photo.
The sky was clear and gave a perfect black sky behind the steeple. The moment I looked up I was captured by the contrast of dark sky and glowing light coming from the steeple and several rooms within the building.
This was a handheld shot on a Nikon d850 and Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens.
I have gotten in the habit of carrying my camera to and from work with so that I can capture images as I see them. I was walking out of church from an evening meeting and as I looked back at the church, the contrast of light between the dark sky and the glowing windows captured my attention.
Because this was an evening shoot and handheld, I needed to add a bit of sharpening to the image using Lightroom. I also darkened the blacks a bit and brought out the oranges and yellows.
In my camera bag
Normally, I carry a Nikon d850 in my bag along with a Sigma 35mm 1.4 lens and a Tamron 70-200mm 2.8 lens. If I know I'll be hiking, I will throw my gear into my hiking bag and carry either a gorilla pod tripod or Vanguard Alta Series 60 tripod.
If I were shooting this image again, I would use a tripod and I would definitely shoot in bracket mode to try and stabilize the image more as well as give a higher range of exposures to work with.

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