Henry Heerschap  

San Geronimo Church, Taos Pueblo by Henry Heerschap

November 2023 - San Geronimo Church, Taos Pueblo

November 2023 - Henry Heerschap


About the Image(s)

My wife and I were in New Mexico this last couple of weeks. We did a circuit between Albuquerque, Bosque del Apache, White Sands National Park, Santa Fe, and Taos, ultimately returning to Albuquerque for our return flight. During our couple of days in Taos, we had the chance to visit Taos Pueblo a Native American village just north of town. One of
the first things we saw there was San Geronimo Church (aka St. Jerone).
This is the new one, built in 1850 after the older church was destroyed in the Mexican-American War. I enjoyed the shapes and textures of the church as well as the other structures in and around the Pueblo. Sony A6500 (full spectrum conversion with a 720nm filter), Sony 18-135 lens. Shot handheld. ISO 100, 18mm, f/11, 1/60 second.
Processing started in Lightroom Classic using the B&W 05 profile. I did a bit of geometry adjustment plus cropping. I took it into Photoshop and did a bit of cleanup including removing the guy and a few other elements.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
8 comments posted

Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Hi Henery
A great scene for IR. Everything is going for this image and I love the composition and processing. On a minor point however, would you consider extending the foreground marginally!   Posted: 11/02/2023 20:48:01
Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Hi Palli. Good thought. How about this version?   Posted: 11/02/2023 21:04:08
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Palli Gajree   Palli Gajree
Yep, it did the trick. Thanks for showing the edited version.   Posted: 11/02/2023 22:36:39

Gary Potts   Gary Potts

You've visited one of Ansel Adams's favorite locations! He has some stunning images from here taken in the 40's. I have also been, and it's a natural for IR. I removed the white divider inside the courtyard along the wall and also cleaned up the scrapes in the front facade. Finally, I darkened the image and slightly increased contrast. For my eye, it's more dramatic. See what you think. I hope you took multiple compositions of this famed little church!   Posted: 11/04/2023 13:11:33
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Henry Heerschap   Henry Heerschap
Hi Gary,
Thanks for your feedback. I did indeed take a lot of images of this church. We also visited another favorite of Ansel Adams as well as Georgia O'Keefe: San Francisco de Asus just south of town. I have an image of that in my Monochrome group (#11) this month.
Personally, I liked the divider and scrapes as they give the overall subject character, but it's interesting to see the difference. I do like your contrast adjustment.   Posted: 11/04/2023 13:33:58

Jack Florence Jr   Jack Florence Jr
I like the mimicry here of the crosses and stepping stone centers, Henry. I think Gary's version improves it a bit. Good job of putting an original take on an often photographed scene.   Posted: 11/05/2023 01:05:12

Emil Davidzuk   Emil Davidzuk

You did St Jerome's Church proud. I like your rendition with at the addition of some foreground per Palli's suggestion


Emil   Posted: 11/06/2023 12:10:10

Melanie Hurwitz   Melanie Hurwitz
Hi Henry, You have made a very familiar subject your own. IR seems to really fit the church. I think you have processed this really well with the light and dark area giving real depth.   Posted: 11/07/2023 10:38:18