Our Father, who art in heaven…

I have to say that I’m really enjoying the online HDR community I’m becoming a part of. I never thought I would have this much fun. Not only is photography addicting, but the social networking is almost just as addictive. Showing your images to other. Looking at everyone’s images… getting inspiration from so many people is definitely sparking my creative side. I just wanted to say thank you. First, I found James Brandon. His blog is probably why I got started in the first place. He’s an awesome photographer. Then, I found Trey Ratcliff. Wow. His images are insane! He has an awesome tutorial at Stuck In Customs. Next, and probably the most helpful, has been Scott Frederick. He has taken the time to look at my stuff and given me advice on becoming a better HDR photographer. I should also throw a thanks out to Jacques Gudé. You know when you have those light-bulb moments? Well, when watching his HDR tutorial, something just clicked. I’m not saying that I’m very good at HDR, but I think I can be confident in the direction that I’m heading. Finally, I need to thank Christopher Wray. Christopher gave me access to HDR Spotting and I’m REALLY looking forward to interact with others in a whole new way. Thanks guys.

Sorry about all the thanks, but I enjoy this so much! It’s hard to describe. Actually, maybe it’s not. Those of you who are actually reading this and not just looking at the pretty pictures probably do understand. I love taking pictures and I love processing them. So, thank you for feeding my passion! Now, to the picture.

On my lunch a couple days ago, I decided to fire off a few brackets inside Helena’s Cathedral. The Cathedral was built in 1850-51. It’s so beautiful, and as such, makes it a perfect place to shoot. I hope you enjoy this shot as much as I enjoyed taking it and processing it. This one took my awhile…. a long while. But, I wanted to make it as perfect as I could. So, without further ado, here it is:

Canon 50D, Canon 10-22mm f3.5-4.5, 10mm, ISO 100, HDR, 9 Exposures

Again, sorry about not posting the tutorial for today. I should be back to normal on Friday. Also, I submitted this on HDR Spotting. Cheers!

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January 6, 2011 - 5:58 am

Jonathan Miller That is a stunning photograph! The HDR effect gives the cathedral an ethereal feeling… I love it! Well done.

January 6, 2011 - 6:23 am

Alex Santander This photo is awsm, i loved the columns and the marmol, great, great work. Congrats

January 6, 2011 - 1:27 pm

Chris @Alex Santander – Thanks for your comment! I love the columns too. If you look, and you may have seen this already, I tried to bring out the reflections of them on the green stone.

January 6, 2011 - 9:54 am

Pen What a beautiful painterly feel – I think it looks magnificent – well done!

January 6, 2011 - 1:28 pm

Chris @Pen – Thanks a ton for taking the time to comment! Stop by soon – I’ll have more up each and everyday!

January 6, 2011 - 6:20 am

Chris @Jonathan Miller – Thanks Jonathan! Thanks for stopping by!

January 6, 2011 - 3:30 pm

Jesse Pafundi Beautiful image Chris. Love the soft angelic feel to the processing

January 6, 2011 - 8:55 pm

Jill This is truly an awesome picture, enjoyable to view repeatedly. Good job! The picture of your buddy and his dog is still my favorite, so far. You really need to print that for him…

January 7, 2011 - 2:22 am

Chris @Jesse Pafundi – Thanks man! I’m totally diggin your post today too!

@Jill – Thanks for the comment, Jill. And yes, I might just print a copy for him… 😛

January 7, 2011 - 4:13 pm

Chris DeAngelis Wow! Just stunning! I just ran across your blog this morning after linking from your comment on Brian Matiash’s post. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!

January 7, 2011 - 6:01 pm

Hector Garza I’m a first time visitor (I found you thanks to Mike Olbinski) and I’m already blown away. The foreground marble looks incredible!

January 7, 2011 - 8:55 pm

Chris @Chris DeAngelis – Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to reading more! 😀

@Hector Garza – Thanks for stopping by, Hector! I appreciate your comment and I look forward to seeing more. I especially like the recflections on the green stone… I tried to really bring that out.

January 8, 2011 - 12:37 am

Paul Garrett How do you set up 9 exposures on a Canon 50D? Do you have a special method? I have a Canon 7D and just started experimenting with HDR. Here’s my first attempt with 3 exposures:

January 8, 2011 - 3:06 am

Chris @Paul Garrett – Well, I’ve not used the 7D yet, but I image it’s similar to the 50D. On the 50D, the menu where you control white balance, shutter speed, aperture, etc. has a setting called ‘AEB’. It stands for ‘Automatic Exposure Bracketing. Again, I’ve not used the 7D, but the 50D can do 3 exposures at once. So, first I do -1,0,+1. Then, keeping the exposures on 1 stop intervals I move down to -3,-2,-1. Next, I set the exposures to 2 stop intervals: -4,-2,0. Now, I have all my negative exposures plus my 0,+1 exposures. Next, I reset it to 1-stop intervals and go to +1,+2,+3. Finally, I change the settings to 2-stop intervals and capture 0,+2,+4. Now, I’m done. I’ve repeated a couple of exposures, but I have all the exposures I need for 9 exposures: -4,-3,-2,-1,0,+1,+2,+3,+4

There might be an easier way (Scott Frederick has a way with Nikon), but I haven’t tried it yet on a Canon. I hopes this helps and keep up the good work!

January 13, 2011 - 6:12 pm

Bob Lussier Chris, this is a spectacular shot! I love the POV and the symmetry!

January 14, 2011 - 12:01 am

Chris Thanks, Bob… that means a lot coming from a talented man such as yourself!

January 14, 2011 - 8:17 am

educational grants My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

January 14, 2011 - 9:32 am

Chris @educational grants – Thanks a ton for your support! It’s always nice to see your work is appreciated.

January 25, 2011 - 2:40 am

tab mcaally It’s not that I want to duplicate your internet site, but I really like the design. Could you tell me which theme are you using? Or was it tailor made?

January 25, 2011 - 10:52 am

Chris @tab mcaally – Sure. It’s pretty generic layout. I got it from ProPhotoBlogs. It’s just one of the themes they use. I did tweak the backgrounds a little, but not much. Hope that helps.

January 29, 2011 - 6:16 pm

anighitte Nice site ….)

January 29, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Chris @anighitte – Thanks!

February 18, 2011 - 12:26 am

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