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The Church of Our Lady, Bruges Stephen Riley, Commercial and Architectural Photographer - Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire

Commercial and Architectural Photographer, Somerset

Glorious Gothic
As usual, my time recently has been divided between architectural and commercial photography, with the odd bit of street photography thrown in for good measure. I never seem to tire of appreciating great buildings, both live and through the camera. There’s a great deal of pleasure to be had, both in taking the photographs and in the editing process.

Here, I have used a very wide angle lens (well, a zoom lens that goes from wide to zoom, set at somewhere close to its widest setting) to create that steepling quality you see here. It was a pretty gloomy day, raining on and off, and allowing the camera to work with that seemed apt. In exposing correctly for the building itself, the sky would have been to an extent bleached out, but because I shoot RAW, I was able to effectively have High Dynamic Range and to regain the characteristics of the sky in the editing process, giving the shot its moody effect.

I am based in Somerset and conduct most of photoshoots in this county and Western Wiltshire and Northern Dorset, but my camera goes with me everywhere, so other places frequently feature. This is in Bruges, in Belgium. The building is The Church of Our Lady.

Some time ago, I saw the film ‘In Bruges’, where Colin Farrell’s character lambasts the place for being so utterly boring. I couldn’t agree with him less. To me, it was a place of endless fascination. I only wish I could have stayed longer.

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