Iconic Image With a Twist, San Francisco de Asis Church

Posted November 16th, 2012 by   |  Photography  |  Permalink

One of Ansel Adams’ better known images is of the classic San Francisco de Asis Mission Church located in Pueblo de Taos, New Mexico. Everyone who goes to Taos makes a stop at this mission to photograph its intriguing lines and historic shape. The main entrance of the building shown below is a fairly straightforward and famous image and I wanted to be sure to photograph this angle for posterity’s sake.

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church.

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church from the main entrance. Nikon D800, 14-24mm f2.8. Converted to Black and White using Tiffen DFx 3.0 and the infrared filter.

After shooting a few frames from the front, I set about to¬†create something that wasn’t as instantly recognizable. I walked around the mission with my Nikon D800 and 14-24mm f2.8, hoping to find a composition that worked well. I finally found the shot I wanted from the back of the building by pushing in very tight and shooting wide angle at 14mm.

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church.

San Francisco de Asis Mission Church from the side. I moved in close to the building with my Nikon D800 and Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 to create an abstraction of shape and form. Converted to black and white using Tiffen DFx 3.0 and the infrared filter.





More IR on the Road to Hana

Posted December 2nd, 2009 by   |  Photography, Software, Travel  |  Permalink
IR photograph taken on the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii. Nikon D70 IR, 14-24mm f2.8, handheld.

IR photograph taken on the Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii. Nikon D70 IR, 14-24mm f2.8, handheld.

This is the quintessential Road to Hana photograph. I’ve seen it in hundreds of advertisements, tour books, TV commercials and websites. Quite literally, there is a single spot where everyone stands to take this shot. How does a photographer bring something new and different to a photograph that has been taken by tens of thousands of people?

In my case, I brought along an IR camera to see if the shot might come alive in a different way. I don’t recall seeing any photographs of this spot that were taken with an Infrared (IR) camera, so I gave it the ol’ college try.

That’s what I love about photography. Just because someone else has taken the shot before, doesn’t mean that you can’t put your own twist on it.

Always keep exploring. Always keep trying. Always keep experimenting.

Here’s another version without color in the sky.

Infrared photo taken on Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii. Nikon D70 IR, 14-24mm f2.8, handheld. Converted to B&W in Nikon Capture NX 2.

Infrared photo taken on Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii. Nikon D70 IR, 14-24mm f2.8, handheld. Converted to B&W in Nikon Capture NX 2.





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