St. Francis Cathedral – Evening – Two Versions — Make That Three

Update: Alexandra made a point about another position for the photo, so I just added another shot that I took that night, so now there are three photos.


A little less than two weeks ago, I decided to go out at dusk and take some photos of downtown Santa Fe.  This time I took my tripod with me, as I knew I wanted longer exposures and so hand holding the camera wouldn’t do. I didn’t get the photos I wanted, as the city had temporarily put up powerful lights that made the shots I wanted impossible, so I decided to walk on. I came to the St. Francis Cathedral ( and took a lot of just normal shots, which turned out very pretty, but then I decided to move around and see if I could get some more creative imagery.

I took these two shots, and I like both, but I’m not sure which I like better. They are basically the same shot, but one includes the statue and the night sky. The other is a more just about the architecture of the building and those immediate details I wanted to convey. I keep going back between which I like more.  Do you like one over the other? Do you like the photos? As I keep looking at them, I see things that I’d like to fix (maybe a softer feel, maybe the color just a tad less yellow), but I don’t know. Overall I was really with satisfied the results. Thoughts?

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~ by KatiesCameraBlog on September 23, 2011.

15 Responses to “St. Francis Cathedral – Evening – Two Versions — Make That Three”

  1. Definitly the one that includes the sky and the statue, gives a better environment to the scene 🙂

    • Great point, Filipe! I love the other one too, but I agree the that one shows the environment of the scene better. That’s why my mind kept going “this one, no that one, no this one, no…” 🙂 Thanks for your input! Love hearing what people think!

    Thank you dear Katie, Have a nice weekend, with my love, nia

  3. No contest. The second image is more balanced and interesting with the inclusion of the deep sky and the statue.

  4. You know, I would vote for the one where the statue isn’t seen, because it focuses viewer’s eye on a specific detail, I mean the shadow which looks as if moving up the stairs. I would also probably altered the light and the color a bit to make it more dramatic and intense. I would also probably cut the photo from the right a bit to move the shadow figure away from the center. But these are just my thoughts and one idea of a photo and any photo can me many different things.

    • Thanks, Alexandra. I see your point! I do have another version, where I was standing closer to the building and it’s even a more tight shot on the details of the cathedral. The shadow has no real definition, so it doesn’t draw your eye. I wish I had posted that photo also now, as I like it a lot. The color really did bother me about these photos. 🙂 I really didn’t find a satisfactory solution that still seemed real to me and right. Truly appreciate your thoughts, Alexandra! Please keep commenting!

    • I just posted a third photo, Alexandra (I didn’t adjust anything on it). Anyhow, let me know what you think of the third one. 🙂 Thanks!

  5. You know, I think the third one is my favourite, although it’s very different from the first two and thus it’s maybe unfair to compare them. The third one makes me feel like I’m actually there, on the scene. The lack of light and the night around plus the feeling of being inside the shot conveys more emotions for me. But again, it’s just one variant of interpreting those shots. I think it’s very individual and everybody will see something his/hers about the shots.

    • I will say that the third one (the one I added–the closest shot) was my favorite from the beginning. I don’t know how I missed it when I was going through my photos looking for ones to post! I loved the more intimate detail of it, and it just felt more dramatic to me and different. You know, I really didn’t admire this cathedral all that much until I shot it at night. 🙂 The way they light it is just amazing. 🙂 Thanks for your comments! Iruly appreciate your take on my photos, Alexandra!

  6. Love the colors and the setting the time of the day were the light is going down totally awesome both shots! Good Job!

    • Thank you! I was really kind of surprised at how easy this was to shoot. The Arch Diocese did a great job with lighting the cathedral. I was really pleased at how these photos came out. Thanks for our comment!

  7. I feel like I’m in Rome on a romantic evening with my hubby :> Oh I love how your photo’s take me places without lifting my but off the couch…Thanks again Katie :>

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