During my recent explorations of the back roads of Roane County, West Virginia, I’ve stumbled across a fair number of abandoned homes. But this past Sunday morning I happened upon something a bit more rare, an abandoned church. It was situated right alongside the road, so I was able to park and make a few photographs.
The dynamic range of the scene was much greater than what my camera could capture, so I bracketed my exposures and blended one shot for the sky and one for the foreground in Photomatix. I suppose that makes the resulting images HDR shots, but as I processed them in Photomatix I tried my best to keep things looking realistic. For me that meant leaving the foreground appropriately dark in comparison to the sky, which is what my mind’s eye expects to see.