I’m finally getting caught up with my weekly challenges after a couple weeks of nasty weather. While the challenge for this week is shooting images for the word “Broken”, I’ve just finished processing images from last week’s challenge for the word “Wet”.
I shot these images around downtown Tupelo this past Sunday. We were still thawing out after an ice storm came through on Thursday, and there was still ice scattered around in shady places on the north side of buildings, in dirty piles where the plows had cleared the streets, and most impressively, in the fountain on the old Courthouse lawn. Because the ice was melting, it fit the description of “wet”!
All of these images were taken with my Nikon D700 and the 28-300mm Nikkor lens. They were all processed in Lightroom, and some have some slight nudges Photoshop and Topaz plug-ins like Clean or DeNoise. I’m still getting acquainted with the Adobe products, but so far I’m loving Lightroom!
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Tonight’s post is another group of HDR images from last Sunday’s photo walk around downtown Phoenix. It’s quite a variety, so let’s get started.
This first image is from the front of the historic First Baptist Church on Monroe Street (the same building where I shot the bell tower that was featured in the previous post). This is the front wall of the sanctuary that at one time held stained glass, but during the fire of 1992, it was destroyed. I took this photo from about the fifth floor of a parking garage directly across the street, using a 75-200 zoom lens. You can see right through the openings in the window, all the way to a billboard on a building across the street on the next block:
This next image is a fountain located on the plaza in front of Phoenix City Hall. It was a pretty popular place on a warm autumn day, with several couples shooting snapshots of each other as they posed in front of the waterfall. I had to shoot quickly while no one was around. I think I got this one a little too dark when I processed it, so I may have to go back and try it again:
This next image is St. Mary’s Basilica, a beautiful structure that was built in 1881 and still celebrates Mass daily. Anyone who has spent a little time in downtown has heard the bells of St. Mary’s as they chime on the hour:
And finally, this is an image of the Maricopa County Court House building, rendered in HDR. It’s also on the National Register of Historic Places:
I don’t care how energy-efficient and high-tech our new office buildings and churches are, they just can’t compare with the beauty and dignity of these older structures. Even after a fire, the shell of First Baptist Church still impresses with its intricate architectural details. How many of our glass-and-steel buildings of today will still be impressive a hundred years from now, even without a fire?
Each of these images was created from a bracketed series of three photos (-2.0/0.0/+2.0) taken with my Nikon D5000. I used Photomatix Pro v3 to produce the HDR image, and then post-processed in Paintshop Pro X3 to tweak the brightness and contrast, and I used the Curves tool to modify the color balance slightly.