Monday, August 24, 2009
Mission San Jose Side View
This will probably be the "look" of the final series of these mission photos -- sepia toned and wide angle, emphasizing the mission architecture against the sky. This is a five-frame HDR merged together with Photomatix Pro, cropped, converted to monochrome with Nik Silver Efex, then some additional curves layers were added to paint in some highlights and shadows. I like the way the palms in the foreground mimic the two mission peaks, even the way visually that the palms take you up and out into the image. I guess the only missing things would be two dominant clouds in the sky that would complete the foreground-midground-background triad. Still, for showing up at a random mission on a random day and taking what's there, I think it works pretty well and meets what I set out to do.