From near my home town…here is a cool HDR of the Somerset County Courthouse located in Somerville, NJ. It was a perfect nite for HDR’ing. Fast moving cloudy skies and a cool subject at sunset with the lights just turning on. Somerville is a great little town in central NJ. We all have those hometowns where you can find all the favorite foods we grew up with. I do enjoy going back and see my family and of course, grab a pie of my favorite Jersey pizza!!
With this shot I used my Nikon 12-24 wide angle lens. Subjects like this are always tough with a wide angle. How many times have you taken a shot and looked at the leading lines and they seem to go in all directions! Tough processing! This may be due to topography variances or the architecture itself, but some may be caused by the lens you are using. I probably take 90% of my landscape shots using my wide angle lens. When shooting architecture, barrel distortion may be an issue…especially when getting closer to the subject. Barrel distortion is when the straight lines in the shot seem to bow outward. Luckily the shot above was not too bad…but when needed use your “lens correction” filter in Photoshop. Using a longer telephoto lens will help, but I can’t pass up shooting at a FL in the range of 12-20mm!
From the First Reformed Church in downtown Somerville, NJ…one church light left on. I love doors and thought the shot itself would be cool, but knew it needed a little kick. B&W shots are always neat when tones are involved…throw in a selective color and and texture and a simple door is transformed into art! Hope you enjoy!
Talke Photography Settings:
Camera: Nikon D300
Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 24.0 mm
Exposure: HDR 7 exposures (+3 to -3)
Post Process: Adobe CS5, Color Efex Pro, HDR Efex Pro, Photo Tools 2.6, Silver Efex Pro 2, 1 texture
From Somerville, New Jersey the Somerset County Courthouse is located right off main street. Some famous trials here have been Mike Tyson and the Hall-Mills Murder trial in 1926. Some info from the web: The courthouse, built between 1907 and 1909 in the Palladian style and is faced with marble. The courthouse underwent a $US 6 million renovation between 1989 and 1996. Attached to the courthouse is the First Reformed Church which was built in 1898. It has served as the county’s Jury Assembly Room since it was renovated around 1985.