Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik

Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik
I loved the outside of this church although you better pack a super wide angle lens to capture it comfortably if you are keen on coming home with a great photo of this church. This was taken with a 20mm lens on a full frame camera, an 18mm lens on a DSLR with cropping factor of 1.5 won’t capture it without getting a lot of clutter in the foreground as it would mean stepping out of the square and onto the road.

  • Camera: PENTAX MZ-3
  • ISO: 125
2 comments on “Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik
  1. It’s a striking photo, well composed, but it’s funny that we have such different tastes in photography. I would have done it in colour (even though there may not be much colour in it) and I would have brightened it more. However, brightness may vary according to your monitor settings. My monitor is set to low brightness, which I think is recommended for accuracy, but a lot of people think that monitors should be bright, and turn the setting way up.

    • Hans says:

      I never really understood the preference for colour; I’m not trying to record reality, which would yield a snapshot and bore me, but I try to take reality and push it away from there just a little. That’s probably why I use Velvia for my colour shots.
      As for the brightness, I use a Spyder on my screen to calibrate it but that often leads to discussions with people who look at the images on a non-calibrated screen as they usually are optimized for text. As film has a large dynamic range, people often want to push the contrast too far which would be a bit of a waste. The proof in the pudding is that they do look spiffing when printed (and I request no tuning during printing).

      I guess you still have your film camera? As an experiment, buy a B&W film, shoot it while thinking in B&W, send it to me, I’ll develop and scan it and you’ll see how shooting in B&W will change your mind 🙂

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