Stanford Memorial Church (HDR)

Stanford Memorial Church_Talke
South of San Francisco, CA you can find a gem of a University…Stanford. It is a great place to photograph in HDR. The top place to at the university to photograph is the Memorial Church. The photo above is the view looking at the back end of the church….not many churches have back views that are amazing. If you are in the area….def stop by for a few pics!!


From the beautiful campus of Stanford University…the Stanford Memorial Church in HDR. This day it was an early spring morning. The campus was quiet and we had a chance to walk around and grab quite a few HDR’s. The Church opened early and I took the shot above. This church would be tops on my list for weddings…stunning!! Enjoy!

Stanford, California – Stanford University (HDR)

From the picturesque Stanford University in Northern California above is a photo from the main quad at the campus.  Stanford has many great photographic locations…the best spot is the Memorial Church….it is only about 500 feet from these pillars.  Some other point of interest are…Arizona Garden, Cantor Arts Center, Campus Sculpture, Hoover Tower, the Dish and much more!  Stanford is about 35 miles south of San Francisco, so stop by if you are ever in the area!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 75.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, HDR Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro
  • Stanford, CA – Stanford Memorial Church (HDR)

    If you are ever in San Francisco, take a drive down to the beautiful Stanford University (about 30 minutes south).  Here you can find the lovely Stanford Memorial Church.   I had never visited the campus and this day I visited with my buddy Horace Kwan (Horace Kwan Photography).   We arrived real early one AM and walked around and took a few shots.  When the church opened (this was out target), we went in and grabbed a bunch of photos.  The architecture is amazing.  I can imagine a great spot for a wedding!   If you are ever going to shoot a church, stop by as soon as it opens.  I usually luck out and have no issues with using a tripod.   I think photographers need to compile a book with a list of locations that allow tripods.  Now that would be a book I would buy in a second!!

    Info from the web:   Stanford Memorial Church (also known as MemChu) is located at the center of the Stanford University campus in Stanford, California, United States. It was built during the American Renaissance by Jane Stanford as a memorial to her husband Leland. Designed by architect Charles A. Coolidge, a protegé of Henry Hobson Richardson, the church has been called “the University’s architectural crown jewel”.

    Designs for the church were submitted to Jane Stanford and the university trustees in 1898, and it was dedicated in 1903. The building is Romanesque in form and Byzantine in its details, inspired by churches in the region of Venice and, especially, Ravenna. Its stained glass windows and extensive mosaics are based on religious paintings the Stanfords admired in Europe. The church has four pipe organs, which allow musicians to produce many styles of organ music. Stanford Memorial Church has withstood two major earthquakes, in 1906 and 1989, and was extensively renovated after each.

    Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 12.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/8
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza, Color Efex Pro