Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Church

So, while in Charleston, SC I decided I was going to check to see if they had any catholic churches that I could photograph.  I knew there were some in Savannah, GA and Savannah and Charleston are very similar types of cities.  After some quick Googling I came up with a church that looked interesting....St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

ISO 400, 12mm Fisheye, F/8, 5 bracketed shots for HDR

The image above is from the alter looking back towards the exit.   I liked this perspective as it allowed me to show more of the gorgeous ceiling and includes the pipes from the organ.

From the outside, this building isn't special at all.  It looks like every other building around it....square.  This one does have a cross on top, though.  The inside is amazing!!

This is a 5 shot HDR Bracket that was merged in Photomatix Pro and later processed in Lightroom and On1 Perfect Effects 9.5.  If you haven't picked up, or updated your On1 Software to 9.5 yet, do it!  The biggest improvement for me is it is much quicker.

I shot this using my Sony A7R, Rokinon and 12mm Fisheye Lens.  This was mounted atop my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT tripod.

Church in Texas

So, today I was thumbing through the Feb 2015 Outdoor Photographer Magazine and noticed a photo that looked awful familiar.  Hey, that's mine.  And that's one of my photo partners, Vanguard Photo USA.  It was nice to see my image in an ad of theirs.

The image they used was an image I made in late spring of some bluebonnets in Texas.  Seeing the image got me to thinking back to that day.  I remember coming across this little church at the end of the dirt road I was driving down on a bluebonnet hunt.  I actually made this image of the church on Easter Sunday, too.  It was pretty desolate when I came across it late that afternoon.  I'm not even sure if anyone still uses it, but I thought it made for a cool shot!

24mm, F/16, ISO 100 @ 1/4 second

24mm, F/16, ISO 100 @ 1/4 second

This image was made with my Sony A7R and Tamron Lenses 24-70mm Lens.  That combo was mounted on my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT Tripod.

I processed the image in Adobe Lightroom.  One thing I did to bring a little color out of the sky was to bring down the luminous in the blue channel.  This really made the no nothing sky pop with blue.