Wes Odell  

San Antonio mission by Wes Odell

April 2021 - San Antonio mission

About the Image(s)

Since I can't get out "to do photography," I'm looking into my computer files and selecting older images to "finalize and enter" into current reviews and competitions. This shot of one of the San Antonio Missions was just submitted to the Texas Photographic Society for its upcoming competition and exhibit titled "At Night." It was shot with film in 2008 and then run through Nik Silver Efex and some long forgotten Photoshop exercises.

7 comments posted

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
This is nicely done: the geometry of the architectural elements, the diagonals, the full range of tones.
What was the source of illumination: the moon?   Posted: 04/05/2021 22:11:22

Diana Magor   Diana Magor
I am amazed that you got such a good result from an original negative. I often find I have to make a creative image when I use an old film pictures because the grain or the dust spots are too noticeable.
The clock tower is weird as the ornamentation at the top gives an apparent wobble to the sides.
I am presuming you took this in daylight and have just produced the dark sky in the processing. You should know that I would go even further and darken it more, bit I would also reduce the glare on the front of the tower at the bottom. I would try bringing out the shadow detail on the shay side of the top of the tower.   Posted: 04/06/2021 03:51:54

Tom McCreary   Tom McCreary
Nicely done image of this old mission with its bell tower. I like that the cross has a bit of room above it. The image has a lot of contrast and the stone work stands out. As Diana pointed out, the bottom of the tower seems a bit blow out and lacking in detail. That said, you did a really good job from a film capture.   Posted: 04/06/2021 14:56:48

Russ Butler   Russ Butler
You have created an interesting image. It is awesome that you used film. To me this image holds lots of mystery & stories. My only suggestion of to darken the walls that maybe a little blown out. That may add some mystery. What do you think?   Posted: 04/06/2021 18:07:02

Wes Odell   Wes Odell
I agree strongly with darkening the facing of the BELL tower (at adjacent to ground.) In fact I did that, but then mistakenly selected a previous version for this submittal. Good observations.

Full Disclosure: The image was taken in the early afternoon when the sun was making shadows and brightening the sun-facing walls. While trying to make something out of the image, I slammed the Dark Slider in Levels to the right, and it seemed to look like moonlight, so I fiddled around with some other adjustments, cropped, and etc. You can see some remnants of induced noise in the background on the left near the tree. My only real contributions were to carefullly burn the right side of the Bell Tower to give it a separation from the sky, and to "bring out" the two crosses.

This is one of the better preserved old Spanish Missions now in the San Antonio Historic Mission District (part of NPS), and still a functioning parish for local residents. Some great shooting opportunities especially around Easter with the religious decorations. And, far enough away from the Tourist Haven in downtown and around "The River Walk." (Disneyland in Texas! ughh.) Wandering around for a few hours in the middle of the week on sunny Texas day can be a delight. The natives are friendly, too.

PS: Using a tripod, even in sunlight, can make film photography as good as you need.   Posted: 04/12/2021 10:07:51

Lynne Hollingsworth   Lynne Hollingsworth
This spanish mission image is nice and remincient of a time long gone. Motivates me to consider shooting a few rolls of film again. It's encouraging that it continues to be a functioning parish for local residents.   Posted: 04/17/2021 09:57:16
Wes Odell   Wes Odell
A good source for film and developing envelopes is B&H. One can scan the BW negatives with a flatbed scanner which most of us have and do the cleanups in NIK   Posted: 04/17/2021 10:42:29


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