Russian Orthodox Church San Francisco
We ran across this church in San Francisco and just had to see what was inside. From the outside it has golden domes like you would see in Russia. It stands out against the cityscape of San Francisco.
As was the case we had no change for the meter! UGH! My wife managed to find about 30 cents and we put it in the meter and got all of 11 min! We hustled across the street to the entrance and were greeted by what you see in this photo. The colors were amazing as everything was just rich and vibrant. There were several people coming in and out and moving through out the photo. I knew it need HDR to get the range so I set up for a 7 shot bracket. I continued to look for another angle to shoot when some elder from the church started to give us a verbal guided tour. At this point meter running and me trying to get the shot it distracted me from what I was doing and I didn’t realize that my camera was firing 7 shots but not bracketing the exposure. I will usually chimp that to make sure it is when I switch from single shot mode.
I really wanted to shoot a vertarama of the church but not enough time and too many people moving about. I stitched two photos together to get this semi-pano look. It was to be a HDR pano, but the brackets on the exposure side were all the same. Never fear I used the single exposure HDR technique to get the range I needed. I ran +2 and –2 exposures in Lightroom and then loaded them into Photomatix to get the base HDR image. From there I used some Topaz Adjust, along with Nik Color Efex Pro to get the final image.
This was my first single image HDR and I didn’t get to bad a look. I plan on going back to this church and doing a super Vertarama someday as the ceiling was also magnificent.
Info On Church: The upper area in this photo is where the choir stands. The Archpriest stands and gives his sermon in the center, as people stand in an arch around him, there are a few pews that the elderly and people who can’t stand can use but not many. I’m not sure if the sermon is in Russian or English.