iPhone Photos Blog Painting with Light in Nürnberg's Lorenzkirche
 

Painting with Light in Nürnberg's Lorenzkirche Hot

Painting with Light in Nürnberg's Lorenzkirche
Image Copyright: © Austin Cline, 2011
 

This photograph of the Lorenzkirche (St. Lorenz Church) in Nürnberg, Germany, was very underexposed and didn't look good at all. After passing it first through the Watercolor iPhone app then through the PhotoForge iPhone app, I like the way it looks.

If you have a really good camera with a tripod, you can get nice photographs of church interiors. If you're hand-holding a mediocre consumer camera with no flash (because they don't allow flash photography inside old churches and museums), you'll get crappy photos at best — and that's assuming anything comes out at all. I'm sure I'm not the only traveller to learn this the hard way.

Yeah, so I have a whole bunch of dark, underexposed negatives of the interiors of churches around Europe. When I first got the prints back, I was so disappointed; now, though, I wish I had dozens more!

It sounds odd, I know, but as long as there is a bit of detail, and especially if the windows and some other architectural details are sharp enough, it's possible to use iPhone photography apps to create some nice images out of negatives I once regarded has worthless.

One thing that really strikes me about the image of the Lorenzkirche is how it communicates the idea of "painting with light," which is arguably what photography itself is about. I just had to wait a couple of decades before my original photograph could be transformed by iPhone photography apps into what it could really be.

The St. Lorenz church in Nürnberg, Germany, was built starting in 1445 and is a good example of the use of Gothic architecture in churches. Today it is one of the most prominent Evangelical Lutheran churches in Bavaria, a predominantly Catholic region.

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