Figure 3-1: Lay Brothers’ Refectory, Fountains AbbeyThis subject presented a perplexing dilemma: do I lower contrast to retain interior detail, or maintain contrast and lose outside detail? I chose the latter, eliminating the manicured bushes outside. The center of interest is this 100+ yard long refectory (i.e., dining hall) used by the nonecclesiastical workers (the lay brothers) who worked there. Although your eye follows the perspective lines directly to the blank white opening in the distance, that opening is surely not the center of interest. Importantly all interior detail is retained.


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