Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Last week I stopped in at St. Marys Roman Catholic Church in High Hill, Texas. This is one of the five or six 100 year old "Painted Churches of Texas." I thought this statue from St. Marys would be an appropriate photo to post on His birthday!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Title: "He Died For Us"


Camera / Lens: Canon 40D / Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom
Post-processing: Photomatix Pro HDR from three handheld exposures (-2,0,+2) > Photoshop CS3 > Topaz Adjust plugin using "Simplify" preset + "Topaz DeNoise" > Curves Adjustment Layer to improve overall contrast > Levels Adjustment Layer to set Black and White points > Merge Visible to New Layer > Nik Viveza plugin to increas brightness on the statues faces > Crop (aprox. 50%) into square format > High Pass sharpening > Merge Visible to New Layer > Distort Lens Correction Vignette

4 comments:

Larry Patrick Photography said...

Barry,

I like it. I hate to bring this up on Christmas, but, think about cropping it from where the stain glass window starts and at the top of the base of the statue. You would then only get stained glass, statue and negative space of the wall.
Hope you had a Merry Christmas.

Brian Bastinelli said...

Barry Great image both technically and in meaning.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

Andreas said...

Can't see why cropping would be an improvement.

Merry Christmas from Austria

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Patrick, Brian, and Andreas!

Thanks for your comments about today's photo and for your warm Christmas wishes!

Merry Christmas!
Barry