The Chapel Of The Transfiguration

This year, our Winter In The Tetons Workshop group didn't experience anywhere near the volume of snow that the area normally gets.  The advantage to that is we could get a lot more places to shoot.  One of those places was The Chapel Of The Transfiguration. 

This little chapel was built in 1925 and still holds Sunday Services in the summertime.  Each chaplain at the church serves for one month each summer.  It is also a popular spot for small weddings.  Let's not forget the has one of the best views of any small church I've ever seen.

Although I have visited the church many times, I haven't photographed it very much.  Inside the church is a tough scene to deal with, exposure wise.  You have a dimly lit church on the inside and a big, bright window that looks out onto the mountains.  There is such a big exposure difference the best way to handle it is to bracket your exposures for HDR.  That is exactly what I did.  I took seven separate exposures to ensure I had detail covered from the brights to the darks.  Then I merged them as a HDR inside Lightroom Classic CC.  After I had the merged HDR photo I decided to process it in black and white.  I really like the feel of it as a black and white, too.

Aperture-priority, f/16, ISO 100, 7 varied exposures

I made this image with my Canon 5D IV and Tamron 28-300mm lens.  Since I shot for HDR I did use my Sirui Tripod and ballhead.

Windows - Shoot through them!

Often times in my adventures I run across scenes that I might like to capture but a window lies between myself and the scene in question.  Well, if they are clear enough to see through, you should be able to shoot through them, too. 

The scene below was made exactly that way.  I simply held my lens directly up against the glass and made my exposures for the HDR image.  Sometimes you have to shade your lens to eliminate reflections in the glass.  Most of the time it's your own reflection.  You can shade your lens with your arms, or hands.  Similar to the way you would your eyes when you walk up to look through a window. 

The image of the barber shop was made the exact same way.  Lens pressed right up against the glass and fire away.  The reason I had to shoot through the window at both of these locations is simply they were closed at the time and I couldn't gain access inside. 


Another thing to remember is you can also include the window in your composition.  The image below was made in The Great Smoky Mountains.  It is not an HDR, like the above shots, but a single exposure.  I decided to use the window in my composition and show you the details outside.  If you're sharp, you'll also noticed I framed the barn in one of the window's frames ;) 

When you're out and about, don't be afraid to use the windows.  Either as a part of your composition, or simply shoot through them....or sometimes both.