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.


  1. ...and didn't it turn out peachy! Your dedication has been well rewarded with the way you turned adversity into success. A lesson to us all!

  2. Well you never cease to impress ME! Let me know when you are offering an apprenticeship! ;)

  3. As gained by the change to 100 x 100 fantastico

    Greetings from creativity and imagination photos of Jose Ramon

  4. What an amazing art piece! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Thank you all for your kind comments.

  6. Some beautiful reflections of light!

  7. I watched the two images before and after I read
    Your words: You are one of the few photographers
    that tells publicly the history of one photograph.
    Thanks, a great human lesson, a great result

  8. Glenn...yes you do paint with light and the result is beautiful. Was this an HDR image or just multiple layers?