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    • I know I shouldn’t fall in love with my photos, but this one is one of my favorites.

      There are already lots of gorgeous Italian street scene photos out there. But if we look a little deeper, there are so many interior courtyard scenes like this one in Rome. I was able to line up the shot so all the lines lead to the beautiful female statue figure in the center.

      The arches establish we’re standing at an entrance, peering in. The overhead light is dead center, almost pointing straight down at the figure. All the colors are pale except the greenery at her feet. To me, that brought life to the scene.

    • I disagree, I think you SHOULD fall in love with your photos. We should be shooting images for ourselves, what we see and feel at the moment we click the shutter. If we shoot for ourselves we put ourselves into the image and it shows much more than just taking a snapshot. It shows in this image, you made us feel like we are standing right there with you.

    • Chris MacAskill

      I agree with Lauri but in any case, I fell in love with your photo. 😁

      One thing I never know what to do with photos like this is whether to lighten the archway that frames the shot. Half the time I get an exposure brush or mask it off to bring up the exposure because the archway is also beautiful, with great detail. What does everyone else think?

    • I live in Spain, so I have shot lots of arches and have tried HDR as well as selective exposure adjustments. Also just leaving it alone. I think it depends on the image. In this one, there is so much wonderful detail through the arch that we really don't need to see more detail in the arch itself. It works fine as a frame with a bit of detail and in fact, might even be distracting if we were to see more detail there. This isn't always the case, though, so what I usually do is shoot bracketed exposures, then decide later how to process them. Just my € .02.

    • I agree with Richard on this one. Maybe another image - a totally different image would be/could have been/may have been taken in order to showcase the arch. It all depends on the intention of the photographer, in this case it looks and sounds like Dale got exactly what he wanted to without the details of the arch.

    • Thank you Richard & LauriNovak for *getting* what I was trying to do. That tells me I was at least a little successful.

      I lightened the arch just a bit but not so much that it competes with the courtyard interior.

      Would this image seem out of place in an architectural photography portfolio?

    • Hi Dale, I think it may fit better in a travel portfolio. As someone who shoots a ton of architecture this isn't pure architecture to me. My opinion. Sometimes it's a tough call though.

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