Church Photos as Decor

July 26, 2012

I am seriously in love with this shot.  To me its perfection. This home office was designed by Raji Radhakrishnan at this year's Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York. I think I have unconsciously pinned it at least four times.  I love the clean lines of the mantel (its from Chesney's), the simple, crisp lines of the rug, but oh that photograph! I had it in mind all the time while traveling this summer while I was visiting cathedrals and palaces in Spain.  So granted mine are not this wonderful but I would love to achieve a similar look with one of my photos.  I don't think I can blow up the ones I took this large (without them becoming pixelated) but I can do some smaller versions. Although I have an inkling that part of the allure of this piece is the scale. In the meantime before my next trip I will investigate how to take photographs so they can be blown up poster sized like the one above. are the photos in the running for me to print and add to my home.  Please, please help me.  Which do you like? Which would you print?  Just one? or maybe print several and do some sort of gallery?

or should I wait to learn to adjust my settings to take higher resolution photos so I can blow it up to a similar scale of my inspiration photo...which means I could practice more and get an even better shot at a later time?  or can these stand the test of time?  Pretty please...what do you think?

(first image, the rest are mine, 1 and 2./ Palacio Real Madrid, 3, 4 and 5./ Catedral de Segovia, 6./Catedral de Almudena vista del Palacio Real)

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  1. Muchas gracias por tu comentario. Tus fotografías también están bien. Me gusta en especial la segunda.
    Un ssaludo.

  2. I like the third one. I think it could achieve what you want. However, since you have the goal in mind, I would learn how to do it in large scale and take your shots on your next trip. It will look great!

    1. Thanks Carla! This is very helpful :) I want it to be just as beautiful.....

  3. The third one is also my favorite. A far away shot of it similar to how the inspiration photo was done would also make a stunning piece.

  4. I like the 4th and 5th ones. They are somewhat of a little mind game. They have decorative patterns, yet everyone's mind would register them as to figure out what they truly are. How amazing to decorate with your own photographs! it brings authenticity to the place. I love it!

  5. The third one could really achieve the looK you want And look great! but since now you know what you want to achieve (large scale!) I would wait till the next trip to take the shots.

  6. It depends on where you are putting it!! I think what makes your inspiration SO RIGHT is how it almost looks like a portal, like you could hop over the fireplace and be there! The placement of the balustrade is the transition from real room to the photo; which is what your own photos are lacking =) I think you could definitely work toward taking this type of photo yourself, but it will take a great deal of patience!!!! Good luck deciding!!!!

  7. I love the first photo too, it tricked my mind into thinking i could walk straight into the church from the fireplace.

  8. Thanks everyone for you candor....I might just print the first two but for a small corner around the house and try again next summer once I learn more.....and I promise in a year from now I will report back! I appreciate your thoughts.

  9. Beautiful!!
    I've been wanting to get some architectural prints in my house forever. Your shots are gorgeous, hard to pic a fav but I'd have to go with 3.

    The Aestate

  10. All of your shots except for the last one would make wonderful pieces for your house. The reason the last one wouldn't look so hot is because it's skewed clockwise. Straight on shots like that one are difficult to shoot with all edges parallel and perpendicular because most of today's digital lenses create a barrel effect. Unless you know how to handle the correction filters in photoshop, these types of photos will drive you crazy to look at on a daily basis. Even if you were to rotate it so that the center line is perfectly vertical, the other lines more than likely won't match. Crazy.

    If you're camera has the feature, don't be afraid to shoot in the raw format. No experience and no brains are needed, because it can be all done with the automatic setting. The raw format retains all the original pixel information. Having a camera capable of shooting true 18 mpx is also optimal. For trips, you may need to stock up on memory cards (4 gigs or more each) to handle these large files. Because these cards are so tiny, they don't take up additional space in your luggage.

    I do enjoy reading your blog. It's fun keeping up with the local design blogs here in Dallas.

  11. LOVE the first one! Such a great idea, I think I may do the same thing! I was married in St. Sofia's Cathedral in LA and have some great shots that might work. I think it should probably be really large though.


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