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Sv. Nikola Tavelic Croatian Church Door Panels

You might see some other looks at this church from Jesse Pafundi and Scott Wyden Kivowitz.  We were out shooting yesterday after meeting Dave Wilson, who was in town from Austin for work. Dave’s duties precluded him from joining us on a shoot afterwards, but he shouldn’t feel too disappointed. Jesse, Scott and I spent more time bemoaning the absence of good things to shoot more than we shot. The neighborhood we were in, near the Javits convention center in Manhattan, isn’t filled with great subjects, but I think we fell into some sort of collective low-inspiration mode for some reason also. That seemed to break the second time we walked past this church, and the shadows were hitting it just right.

I have a couple of other shots of the church, including one that I that took from the left, but Jesse shot from a similar angle first, and I want to at least give him a chance to publish before I steal his look. I like the detail on these washed out panels, and I’m not sure how they relate to the church or to the life of Saint Nikolas Tavelic, who is the first Croatian Saint. He joined the Franciscans and was first sent to preach in Bosnia. Later he volunteered to preach in the Holy Land, which was then under Muslim control. He spent 7 years in Jerusalem from 1384-1391, before he was martyred — being beheaded by Muslim authorities.

I know there is some blue sky halo here. Believe it or not, sometimes I like it better than the fix, which can sometimes look flat. It is such a common error, however, that I feel the need to state “I meant to do that.” I also wish I lined up the panels a little straighter. By the way, Dave Wilson recently posted a great tip on how to fix blue sky halos in difficult situations. This wouldn’t even have been a tough fix, but again, I meant to do that!

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  • John SotiriouMarch 13, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Beautiful golden light. Wonderful composition.ReplyCancel

  • Jim DenhamMarch 13, 2011 - 10:27 am

    Really like those panels and how they contrast the harder, grittier textures of the church facade!ReplyCancel

  • ScottMarch 13, 2011 - 11:46 am

    Came out great dude!ReplyCancel

  • Nikola Tavelic Croatian Center 10/52March 13, 2011 - 12:21 pm

    […] to be captured?  Yesterday I was in New York City to hang out with Dave Wilson, Jesse Pafundi and Mark Garbowski.  Dave was working at the FIRST Robotics Competition New York City Regional which was held at the […]ReplyCancel

  • Toad Hollow PhotographyMarch 13, 2011 - 2:37 pm

    I love it Mark, the colors and details are spot on. Great job of processing as always my friend!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan SextonMarch 13, 2011 - 2:54 pm

    Great perspective, love the colors in the arches!ReplyCancel

  • Hector GarzaMarch 13, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    I really like the post-processing work you did on this one.
    What are those “paintings”? Frescos? Stone sculptures? I can see some nails holding them.ReplyCancel

    • MarkMarch 14, 2011 - 12:21 pm

      I don’t know what the paintings are. They almost looked like they were on pieces of wood, but I could easily be wrong. Thanks for all the kind words, everyone.ReplyCancel

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