The days are clearly getting longer now, and last week I managed to pop out for some photography one day after work. I had plans to shoot a couple of chapels in nearby Mosta, so I headed out just before the worst of the traffic started. The photos I’m sharing today are from the second one I visited, the chapel dedicated to the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady. After exploring my options, I decided on a frontal view to start with, and set up accordingly. By the time I had set up, the sun was hid behind a storm cloud, but I could see it was likely to come out eventually. So the usual waiting game began, and I shot a few frames with slight changes in the lighting conditions. Once I was happy with what I had, I added the Lee Big Stopper and also shot a few long exposures as the light faded. You can see the long exposure above and the more conventional one below. Let me know what you think of both, and if you have a preference.
Framing was a bit tricky, as there’s a rather busy road (especially at the time I was there) next to the chapel, and an unsightly industrial storage area behind. I was using my tilt-shift lens to correct for vertical perspective. Unfortunately, even a tilt-shift lens is much more constrained than a view camera, so I was unable to also correct for horizontal perspective. In any case I must say that I have found it a joy to work with the tilt-shift lens. The lack of auto-focus is not a concern with the kind of photography it’s meant for, and I find the use of the tilt mechanism really intuitive (I’m sure my background in imaging helps here, I cannot say if this is true in general). And the very deliberate approach required for this kind of photography appeals to me; it’s meditative.