During our time here is Spain we have visited a great number of churches and cathedrals. Each one similar in many aspects, but unique and special in their own way. Many side Chapels dedicated to different patron saints, many chapels have been closed off by iron railing to prevent people from entering. Just outside the chapel a tray of candles and at times some of the candles might be lit.
Lighting a candle is a way of extending one’s prayer and showing solidarity with the person on whose behalf the prayer is offered or it may be an offering lit by someone seeking a favour from the saint before whom it has been placed.
As a photographer I have often found it difficult to get an image showing both the candle and flame, as well as the saint’s statue in focus. Many of the churches and cathedrals are rather dark, and do not allow tripods, or I have failed carry mine that day! The ISO is set as high as the camera will allow and then the lens is opened to the widest aperture allowing for a narrow depth of field, resulting in either the candles or the statue to be in focus. This time I took two images, processed them both with Nik Software HDR Effects Pro, then layered them together in Photoshop, anyone remember the Orton slide sandwich effect this image reminds me of that effect.
I am looking for some feedback, besides the obvious; carry a tripod!
As an update I thought that I would include with the post the original image and the first edit that made up the final image. I took each of the original images into Nik HDR single image, then merge the two in Photoshop.