Bill Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC  

St. Joseph Oratory, Detroit by Bill Buchanan, HonPSA, FGDC

October 2020 - St. Joseph Oratory, Detroit

About the Image(s)

A couple of club members recently visited a couple of churches in downtown Detroit. This is St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit, Michigan. The current building was completed in 1873. It has recently seen a resurgence of membership and has been undergoing a 3 million dollar renovation. Most notable was the renovations to it's slate covered steeple. The original contractor, Detroit Cornice and Slate, was contracted to renovate the steeple. Great job security.

Francis G. Himpler, an Ottweiler (Germany)-born New York architect, designed the building which is considered one of the Midwest's best examples of Victorian Gothic architecture, especially so because the structure is effectively unaltered.

I recently added a CamRanger Mini to my HDR tool kit which allows me to remotely control the number of shots and f stops. This was a seven exposure shot at 1 1/3 stop intervals. It was processed in Aurora 2019. I also used NIK 3.0 using the perspective control which added the DxO lens profile for a Canon 10-22mm WA zoom lens.

4 comments posted

Bob Patrick   Bob Patrick
Nice. Beautiful shot. I can almost smell it. Thanks.   Posted: 10/04/2020 12:21:29

Max Burke   Max Burke
Bill, your are getting good at these interior images. You make them look easy, but experience is what does that. Seven images at your setting is likely what it would take to bring out such clear, straight lines and professionally looking color as if it was for a magazine or commercial. The symmetry is excellent.   Posted: 10/11/2020 22:00:09

Brad Ashbrook   Brad Ashbrook
Beautiful church and photo! I might clone out the 2 red areas and the bright blue middle left. Is the blue lighting on the edges of the wood and columns their without the HDR process?   Posted: 10/12/2020 14:51:26

Rick Cloran   Rick Cloran
I'd say you were pretty much on the money for the look and feel of a church interior. The result is excellent. I might try pushing the mid tones open 1/2 to a full stop but that is more personal preference than necessary.   Posted: 10/12/2020 16:56:09


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