The Met

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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A Night at the Museum

Today we swing by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City for what I have titled "A Night at the Museum". It was getting late in the day on this visit and the crowds were thinning out, which is a great time to drift about and go where the people are not for some clear shots. I found myself alone and with tripod in hand (by permit) so I quickly setup and grabbed a few bracketed shots of the scene. This exhibit is part of the Greek and Roman Art gallery where there are all sorts of really interesting artifacts. One cannot help but marvel at what's on display when you consider the history surrounding this display.

Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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I felt that this image would make a fairly nice monochrome with all of the marble and stone work. Since this type of photography involves a wide range of gray tones some dodging and burning was required to keep the image from looking too drab with dingy gray color dominating the scene. One of my 2013 goals in to do more of this style of imagery so I am still feeling my way a bit. :-)

Below we have the color version of this 3-bracket shot (+2 to -2). This is the result of being processed in Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. The image above was converted from the one below.

Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Photograph: A Night at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

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Should you ever find yourself in NYC with a day (8 hours) to spare, take a trip to The Met, you will be so happy that you did.

Thanks for clicking by. :-)

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Welcome to the start of another great week! I hope you enjoyed the weekend. It was a really nice one for me, as I managed to complete some business strategies on my list of projects that I've been both wanting and needing to get done. When this year began, like many of you, I had a vision of where I wanted to take things and some ideas on how to get there. Of course that's only the beginning of the task. The real work is in the implementation of a plan.

With that in mind and to out-maneuver the usual time deficits that seem ever-present, I will reduce my posting schedule here ever so slightly. As a temporary measure I will post 3 or 4 times weekly instead of the usual Monday thru Friday schedule. The extra day or two will allow me to undertake some initiatives and blaze a new trail or two. :-) It also provides a little more time for site visits, one of my favorite pastimes.

In any case, much fun lies ahead (and hard work too), and I so look forward to it.  One of the many projects that I'll be tackling is a revamping of my Facebook Page, which I have gutted to some degree. You can help with this effort by clicking by and dropping a few "Likes" on me, should the mood strike you. I thank you in advance. :-)

On to today's image...  taken during one of my 2011 trips to NYC, I stopped out front of "The Met" (Metropolitan Museum of Art) before entering for a day to remember.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art

I remember arriving here after a very long walk, having left my hotel on 41st and The Avenue of the Americas (6th) and a stroll through neighboring Central Park. Next was the marathon required to cover the museum, where I spent the entire day. Afterward, the trek back to the hotel and with camera gear and tripod to boot. An urban hike, as it turned out. One I'd gladly do again. :-)

Thanks for visiting!

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The Gallery

Welcome back from the weekend, I truly hope you enjoyed it. Now just days away from the Christmas Holiday, festivities are in full swing with decorations everywhere and celebrations aplenty. I really love this time of year as it presents so many opportunities to get together with friends and family, opportunities to create lasting memories as we begin the wind-down to another year. Here's to a safe and happy holiday season to all.

I will be posting through Thursday this week but will then take an extended weekend, returning on Tuesday December 27th.

Today's post features one of the many, many galleries within "The Met". New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art is a must-see kind of place if you're in the city. As photographers we love the visual arts and most of us would love to have our own gallery to display our creations. The image below seems typical of a gallery layout, plain and simple but trimmed with a bit of detail, but not enough to distract from the presentation of art itself.

The Gallery
The Gallery

The thing I like about art galleries is the fact that each one has it's own style and atmosphere. They are a great mix of architectural elements, color and of course, wonderful works of art.

Thanks for visiting and have a great day!

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