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Religious Artifacts in The Met

Welcome back! A quick post today after having just wrapped up a special project and doing a couple of camera club presentations.  Needless to say, the past week or so has been super busy but let's dive right in.

My last stop was at the Carroll Camera Club in Westminster Maryland where I presented "An Introduction to HDR" and shared my workflow using Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. I really enjoyed the visit there and thank Allen Arnold and Earl Deickman (President and Vice-President, respectively) for their invite and hospitality.

We really got into the nuts and bolts of the HDR process and there was lots of discussion and interaction with the club members, who enjoyed the presentation. I processed a couple of sets of brackets and just wanted to quickly show the before and after images from the second set.

Religious Artifacts Photograph - Before HDR Efex Pro 2
Religious Artifacts Photograph - Before HDR Efex Pro 2

This room full of religious artifacts within the Metropolitan Museum of Art

in New York City was dimly lit when I visited, making photography quite challenging. With centuries old works of art and plexiglass cases, the last thing you want to do is use a flash. The answer, bracketing to capture the full dynamic range of the scene.

Religious Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Religious Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

After processing a 3-shot bracket (-2, 0, +2) in HDR Efex Pro 2 with it's many adjustment features and control points, this is the resulting image.

From out of the darkness, we can now see clearly into the adjoining rooms of this scene, as well as detail not available initially.

Note: The light rectangular spot behind the Chandelier is a reflective spot from the top of the plexiglass case. Since this image is for demonstrative purposes only, I did not invest the additional time to remove that reflection. 

Thanks for visiting!

I am behind on site visits but will be dropping in to see your fine works in the days ahead. :-)

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Plane & Simple

Welcome back from the weekend. I sincerely hope you had a grand time and enjoyed it. After a really busy week, I had an opportunity to get in a little family time and relax a bit, which was much needed. Today we return to the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach. We'll peek into one of the main hangars on the site where repairs and assembly projects were underway but first I want to share with you the spiffy sign they have out front.

Military Aviation Museum
Military Aviation Museum

As previously mentioned, assembly of refurbished and replicated planes are carried out in the hangar we visit today. The colorful fuselage and wings below are what will be a replica Fokker model of some type.

Plane Assembly
Plane Assembly

In addition to the Fokker, there is a classic fighter plane parked in the corner of the next image.

In the Hangar
In the Hangar

Next we have a shot of the hangar that gives a sense of how large this building is. I should have at least had my 50mm lens with me to take in more of the view but had left it packed away in my vehicle. Better yet, a fisheye, which I don't own just yet, would really have filled the bill.

All visitors must remain behind a restraining line painted around the perimeter. This limited many shots but I was happy for the opportunity nonetheless. :-)

Hangar View - Rear
Hangar View - Rear

Lastly, a view from the front of the hangar. The plane model in the shot above and below is unknown to me. It seems to have been in for service and likely continues to fly today.

Hangar View - Front
Hangar View - Front

Hope you enjoyed the look inside this hangar.

Have a wonderful day!

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The Autograph

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you had a great weekend. Thanks for the many visits and comments on previous posts, I really do appreciate it. I also enjoy visiting your sites during my internet travels as well, there are so many awesome photogs around.

Today I'd like to share a bronze sculpture I captured. At the time of the shooting I didn't find any readily available information on the artist or the title of the piece so I named it myself. Will update this post if and when the information is uncovered.

The first image below was a tight shot that I have cropped.

The Autograph
The Autograph

The next image is a full view shot of the sculpture, which resides outside of the Sovereign Bank baseball stadium in York Pennsylvania.

The Autograph - Full View
The Autograph - Full View

Lastly, I was in the area during the evening when the Sun was getting quite low in the sky so I decided to capture this sundown version.

I hope you enjoy the images and thanks for visiting!

The Autograph - Sundown Version
The Autograph - Sundown Version
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Camera: Nikon D5000 | Lens: Nikkor 18-200mm Processing: Photoshop CS5 – Photo Tools 2.6 - Focal Point 2

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On The Rocks

Welcome to the first day of Summer 2011! On my last visit to Washington DC we swung by the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial Park on what turned out to be a wonderful day. Not far from where I had taken some previous shots, I found the fountain featured below.

The image was captured at the absolute worst time of day, where there was plenty of harsh daylight and plenty of people. To avoid the many visitors milling about I positioned myself at the edge of the fountain and captured this on an angle. Would have loved to have had a 10-stop polarizing filter with me, but that wasn't the case, so freeze framing I went.

If you ever have an opportunity to visit this nations Capital city, you should definitely do so and share in the rich history of this area, a photographers paradise.

On The Rocks
On The Rocks
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Have a great day everyone, see you next post!