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Old Jan 24, 2012, 9:20 PM   #1
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I take pictures of churches in New York City (mostly midtown for those familiar with Manhattan) because I think churches are nice subjects for HDR. I use Dynamic Photo HDR and Topaz.

Following are images of Saint Bartholomew's Church -- or St Barts -- on Park Avenue, a few blocks in front of the once-Pan Am now MetLife building.

From the church's website (www.stbarts.org), architecture is Romanesque "with Byzantine decoration".

#1) Nave.


#2) Side chapel on the right side of the church.


#3) Prayer room on the left side of the church.


#4) Altar and rose window. Layout is different from most churches as the rose window, usually above the gallery in the back of the church, is on the right side of the transept.


When I take pictures of a church, I contact the church afterwards and e-mail the pictures for them to use freely should they find my pictures worthwhile. So far I've received only favorable replies.

In the case of St. Barts, I think they did massive renovations recently -- there were long wooden pews instead of the individual chairs you see here the last time I was there and the dome's scaffolding is now gone -- so I may have come at the right time as they might be looking for pictures to showcase the improvements.

The church heralds itself as providing "food and shelter for New York’s needy -- just steps from many of America’s most powerful corporate headquarters".

Thank you for looking. C&C welcome.
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#1 and #4 are excellent. Others seem a bit fuzzy. Handheld?
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1 and 4 is spectacular- this is what HDR is all about for me- pretty much as the eye sees...
Stunning lighting and detail...
Not being a Topaz fan personally- maybe do the same with 2 and 3..?

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Old Jan 25, 2012, 2:20 PM   #4
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Thank you, Walter, Simon.

I actually did #2 and #3 the same way I did #1 and #4 -- that is, using Adjust -- but thought they looked ordinary, like any other church, and not representative of the church's grandeur. So I tried playing around with B&W Effects' diffusion preset to come up with "artsy" versions, hopefully "dreamy" ones.

Below are the Adjust versions, before I applied B&W Effects.

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I appreciate your pointing them out because it may explain why St. Bart's Communication Arts Director didn't comment on them.

#7) St. Bart's is the only non-corporate structure in this part of Park Avenue.

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I guess I'm not a fan of "diffusion"...!
2 and 3 now looking great...
St Bart's really is an impressive building...
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Stunning shots. How old is that church mate?
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Old Jan 26, 2012, 10:25 AM   #7
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Thank you, Simon, Koolpc.

St. Bart's was completed in 1918. "It is composed of a Romanesque structure with Byzantine decoration", according to its website.

#8) Turning to my right from where I took #7, I took this photo of Park Avenue looking south. The thing I dislike about Park Avenue (besides being too wide to cross) are the trees on the middle island so you can't get a clear shot of the Helmsley Building in front of the Metlife building.
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WOW! Those images of the Church are amazing! are they HDR, or really long exposures? what software did you use here? Great job!
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Thank you, schmintan. Yes they are HDR -- I use Dynamic Photo HDR. They are then processed with Topaz plug-ins, Topaz Adjust in particular with a smattering of Topaz DeNoise and Topaz ReMask.

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If you view the church's website today -- http://www.stbarts.org -- you would see #1 in the image slide show (third image as of January 30, 2012).

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vvcarpio, you are a master of HDR. I love your work. The pictures of the church are amazing and I don't think the trees take anything away from your shot of Park Ave. Can I ask...how many shots do you typically take for your HDR photo?
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