Sunday, September 19, 2010

Oakland Temple

Just Before Sunset
If anyone does not know why photographers call sunset the 'golden hour', this photo should explain.  The temple looks beautiful bathed in this warm light.  And, believe it or not, I did nothing to the color of the sky.  (But I do notice that when I downsized to post, it created a subtle 'blotchy' look.)

At Twilight
This is a multiple exposure image, (HDR).  By underexposing and overexposing several shots and combining them, you can create an image with a greater range from light to dark than with a single exposure.  HDR works best when you have a scene with extreme lights and darks, such as this one where there is a brightly lit building, and deep shadows in the shrubbery.  Although I could see these shades with my eye, my camera couldn't. 
On this shot, I did not change the colors, but I did make an adjustment in camera.  I did a 'Tech Talk Tuesday' on this quite a while ago and it works whether you are doing portraits or landscapes outside and are shooting at twilight.  Simply change your white balance to the 'florescent' preset (on a Canon it shows a picture of a rectangle light.)  This will make a pale blue/gray sky pop with color, and in this shot, it also made the dull gray foreground water turn dark blue.  Very dramatic.
To answer some questions, this is one of over 130 temples around the world owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (Mormons).  While we were visiting, we learned that many brides of all religions come here to have wedding photos taken in these lovely gardens.  At one time the church decided to turn off the lights at night to conserve energy and were approached by city officials saying they would help pay to keep them on.  Evidently the lights are so bright on the hill that the temple acts as a beacon and landmark for ships and planes.

16 comments:

teca said...

"Just before sunset"...

Colorful! I liked it very, very much.

Kisses.

Ginny said...

Amazing! The temple bathed in gold with the palm reflection on it, and the one with lights, all so stunning.

Me said...

Very pretty!

Lisa RedWillow said...

Karen this is stunning work.
Your photography is breathtaking.

reanaclaire said...

hello there.. my first time coming by... i took a few shots of a fishing village in my post. hope i can share them with u here in my blog..

www.reanaclaire.com

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Wonderful wide angle HDR !

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Excelente trabalho....
Cumprimentos

Sandra said...

the under and over exposure i have not tried yet. that first photo is astounding to me. I know what the sun does, it paints with a golden paint brush, but this one the shadow makes it more specail. absolutely goregous

janc@mac.com said...

I'm just an admiring relative, not a photographer, but I loved this blog.

Stephani said...

Tremendous! I have to take a photo of a building outside and inside for my photography class. You have inspired me to try and find something speical, although there is nothing like this in my neck of the woods! ~ Who knew a building could make such a grand photo?

S. Etole said...

wow, Karen ... just wow!

Jessica said...

Amazing! They are both gorgeous but particularly the second! Wow!

diane said...

Great colour contrast in the oakland Temple. My cousin was married there. I need to learn photo shop before I can do the second kind of photo. Must do one day!

Mackenzie said...

Wow! These are both magical pictures!! Great contrast, colors & composition of both images! Fabulous job!

Glenda said...

You are so talented! I love the shadow of the palm tree in the first pic - and the colors are gorgeous!

ruma said...

The church is really elegant.
A wonderful design...

It is always splendid photography!!

Thank you.
ruma