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From the Church of the Visitation of Our Lady, Hejnice, Jizera mountains, Czech Republic.

In January/February 2002, I have visited the franciscan monastery and the Church of the Visitation of Our Lady in Hejnice for the first time, as a participant of a winter school. I was completely overwhelmed by the positive energy of this ancient place of pilgrimage! Since then, we have stayed there five or six times, enjoying all that peace and tranquility…

I like this photograph a lot because it echoes the tranquility and spirituality of the place so well…

But it was a bit tricky to make it finished: I didn’t have a tripod, so for making a photograph inside a church without heavy blur, I had to underexpose 2 stops or maybe more, and only now, using a scanner and image editing software, I was able to restore it. Luckily, the professional films I’m using (Kodak Supra 400 in this case) made it possible…

The restoration/processing included: scanning the negative six times with analog gain of the scanner set between -1 and +1.5 stops, HDR processing to reveal the whole tonal range from illuminated wall behind the statue up to the Lady’s face in deep shadows, noise reduction, colorization, watercolor, camera distortion corrections, and curves.

Lenka tries to capture positive emotions. Her work features images highlighting inner and outer beauty of various subjects. She loves finding unique and unexpected perspectives of subjects normally considered as ordinary.

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