We were walking back from eating some very good “lobstah” when we came up to the back of the church. I looked up at it in the night sky and it just hit me! I had to take the shot. Most of the time I shoot in aperture priority so when I tried the first shot lets just say the camera wanted to brighten up the sky. Not what I was going for as I wanted it to be night time. I didn’t bring my flash with me so it was trial and error with manual settings until I got things to look as I wanted them to with nothing but ambient surrounding light (buildings, traffic lights, etc.) to assist me.
I shot in raw with the settings: F2.8 – 1/30 – ISO1600 – 35mm lens. In post production in Lightroom I dropped the highlights and upped the expose, contrast, and clarity leaving everything else at zero. I’m not saying what numbers I used as it worked for me but might not for an image you have. I used an preset to remove a bit of the yellow color cast from the city lights and then finished up in PSE9 using a define and sharpen action at 50% to bring out some details further. I topped it off with a cooling filter to bring out the sky further and to tone the yellow down just a bit more and just a pinch of brightness adjustment. Done!
With just a couple of lights in the church showing through doesn’t this look like something from a Gothic novel or movie?
(See a reflection of the church HERE in the daytime)