Photo: Snowfall at Dusk in Takayama, Japan
Photo: Friendly Officer Pants in Boston Public Library
(Post-processing screenshots & details: http://goo.gl/OQGLO )

30 seconds before this picture was taken: With closing time minutes away, already the Boston Public Library security guard had been happy to ask me to pack up my camera (“Officer Grump E Pants” was the name ironed on his uniform if I recall correctly). With only minutes left my selective hearing kicked in and I race walked through side rooms toward Bates Hall to avoid being herded out with the other stragglers by Officer Pants (BTW, the difference between race walking and running is all in the hips… if that helps your mental image). Consistant with the librarian’s advice earlier, nearly all of the 150 preppy smart people studying in the grand room previously had cleared out. With camera already mounted, I had only a few moments to set the tripod and shoot.

5 seconds after this picture was taken: Officer Pants walks into the room. Awesome. He attempts to make friends by giving me the nick-name, “Sir-with-the-camera!” and explains that Bates Hall is not the Exit. I already know it, but let him finish to allow one last bracketed series of shots to click through. I apologized for holding him up and followed his directions to the exit.

Anyone else had interesting interactions with security recently?

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Photo: LESSON LEARNED: Never interrupt Mass for HDR
(Post processing details for the true photo nerds: goo.gl/bRlcP )

Still a fully functioning Catholic cathedral, I have one important piece of advice for successfully photographing the gorgeous interior of Notre Dame Basilica: DON”T GO DURING SUNDAY MORNING MASS! Lori, our friend Natalie, and I thought it was our lucky day when there was no attendant at the entrance counter. As I tromped in, I recall exclaiming something enthusiastic like, “Boardwalk and Park Place guys! This usually costs like 5 buc- Wow, wait. I think they’re praying.” As silently as possible, the two ladies helped me collect my shattered dignity from the beautifully tiled floor, and we regrouped at a nearby cafe.

Since I obviously did not take pictures during the service, we returned once mass had ended, paid our $5 and shot until early afternoon.

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Photo: Where's the Butler?
(Making-of screen shots: http://goo.gl/9XJ0K )

To my chagrin, Marie Reine du Monde in Montreal does not have a public restroom. After inventing about an hour of uncomfortable shooting and I had also invented several very post-modern dance moves and decided it was time to go (in more ways than one :-). I briskly walked to the nearby Marriott hotel. This also provided Lori the chance to ask directions to beautiful Notre Dame while I visited the little boys room (tee hee). Upon my return, she was still wrapped up in conversation with the concierge and took the opportunity to photograph handsome staircase. It reminds me of the staircase in my future mansion that I’ll likely never buy, except this one doesn’t have a monocle wearing butler coming down it with a hot cappuccino. Ah well, nothing can be perfect right?

Post Processing

This image was a pretty straight forward Photoshop edit. In Photomatix, I made sure to keep the luminosity slider as low as possible to avoid losing details to the classic HDR glowy look. Also, in the Photoshop Edit screenshot (http://goo.gl/9XJ0K), you’ll notice the “Yellow De-sat” which selects the white stone in the stairs in the ceiling. In this HSL adjustment layer I dropped the Yellow saturation about 10 points in order to create a stronger emphasis on these elements since they create the dramatic movement in the photo.

One of my goals was for the final image not to be overtly “HDR.” So how do you think I did? Any areas that stick out to you?
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Photo: The Horror of Harvard Yard
(Before/After Photoshop Edits: goo.gl/zHJNv )

To me, Harvard Yard at sundown was the epitome of creepy/cool (crool?). Although I’m sure it’s a totally friendly place, I was really getting a Tower of Terror vibe and tried to play that up in the editing.

Harvard’s campus had a lot of awesome old buildings, but not much non-student/staff parking :-/ Lori and I had to drive several loops through the campus before we finally settled on calling my friend Scott (who you may remember from Japan By Bicycle - http://goo.gl/HFD2L ) to park near his apartment and ask for a photo spot recommendation. Scott happens to live about 8 minutes away from Harvard and is fairly familiar with the campus. He’s also familiar with my photography habits from our bike trip, and patiently waited while I took photos until my memory card ran out of space (jk, but I like to think he’d be cool with that).

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LESSON LEARNED: Never interrupt Mass for HDR
(Post processing details for the true photo nerds: goo.gl/bRlcP )

Still a fully functioning Catholic cathedral, I have one important piece of advice for successfully photographing the gorgeous interior of Notre Dame Basilica: DON”T GO DURING SUNDAY MORNING MASS! Lori, our friend Natalie, and I thought it was our lucky day when there was no attendant at the entrance counter. As I tromped in, I recall exclaiming something enthusiastic like, “Boardwalk and Park Place guys! This usually costs like 5 buc- Wow, wait. I think they’re praying.” As silently as possible, the two ladies helped me collect my shattered dignity from the beautifully tiled floor, and we regrouped at a nearby cafe.

Since I obviously did not take pictures during the service, we returned once mass had ended, paid our $5 and shot until early afternoon.

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#TonemapHDRTuesday curated by +Drew Pion & +Stephanie Suratos
#photomatix curated by +Klaus Herrmann
#repetitivetuesday +Repetitive Tuesday curated by +Frank Schillinger
#POTD #plusphotoextract #plusextract curated by +Jarek Klimek of +PhotoExtract Photography Magazine
#sacredartsunday #sacredsunday +SacredSunday +SacredArtSunday
#HDR #hdrphotography #Montreal #Canada #Cathedral #travelthursday #travelphotography

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