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For week 9 of +The Patch - PhotogrAphy Themed CHallenge our dual themes are Architecture for the month of March and for week 9 Building Features. I came across this church and really liked the taller spire or steeple. It looked like it had just been recently re-shingled. There were two things about this shot that I felt needed to be handled well, the detail in the circular shingles on the outer walls, and the look and feel of the re-shingled spire. That meant having a smaller aperture than I would have normally shot, and taking some time in post processing to make sure things were nice and sharp. The photo was pretty sharp to begin with, but +Topaz LabsInFocus lets me sharpen things up a little more. Then I used Clarity to really target contrast in the shingles. Then I used Black & White Effects to do the conversion. I ended up having to tone down the white of the church as it was overwhelming the detail in the walls, and honestly, was quite blinding. Then finished the photo up in Detail with what I hope was a subtle boost in detail overall, with the wisp of cloud masked out.
Before we get into the meat of this post, if you're viewing this on a mobile device, these photos really don't translate that well on it. These are large panoramic photos and really need a large screen to do them justice. Now on with the post.
Occasionally during my Eastern Sierra trip I had the idea to take panoramas to try and take in the full view of what I was seeing and feeling. I tried to focus on a part of the view I was seeing that would fill up my frame, but I felt that it didn't full get the whole feeling with only part of the view, but this led to other problems. All the panoramas I took were literally on the side of the road, meaning I was in the middle of driving, with someone who's not a photographer. So, not wanting to annoy them I left the tripod in the car and took these panoramas free hand. When taking handheld panos my general rule is to take many photos and to go well beyond and after my intended start and stop points so that the photo software has …
If you find yourself in the Eastern Sierra, I highly highly recommend taking a few hours and stopping by the Manzanar National Historic Site. It's tells the story of out not too distant past that we like to conveniently skip over. If you're not familiar with the significance of this site, this is where, shortly after the bombing of Hawaii by Japan in 1941, some 10,000 Japanese, most with US citizenship, were incarcerated. This site is one of ten sites around the country that would come to hold over 110,000 people, again most of which were US citizens, from 1942-1945.
I recently took a trip that led me through Bodie State Historic Park. If you haven't been, and would be interested in seeing what remains of a town that flourished during the latter part of the California Gold Rush, then died out almost as quickly as it sprang up, this is a must visit. I was lucky enough to arrive here during their opening week for the season, with wonderful weather.