Thursday, August 20, 2009
Photographers are Painters also, we just use light.
I was asked by Thrivent Financial, to photograph Lutheran Churches throughout the country for their calendar. Saint Peters in New York City presented it's own challenges. Being made of gray concrete block, and sitting in the shadows of skyscrapers, the whole scene was very monochromatic. I checked inside and finding the interior was in the process of being renovated I realized my only shot was outside.
I am paid for results not excuses, so it was time to pull the rabbit out of the hat.
I came back at 6:00 p.m. and picked the best composition, put the camera on a tripod and took the first photo, the ugly gray one. I shot until 9:15 p.m. Watching the light change, I captured the sky, the reflections on the buildings, and after dusk the lights in the church and other buildings.
When I got back to my hotel, I worked till 1:00 a.m. painting seven files into the result you see here. I hope enjoy the process.