For the past several weeks I have been visiting Fort Monroe as it is only 5 minutes from my house in Hampton, Virginia and since the Army decommissioned the base and turned the property over to the State of Virginia and the City of Hampton it is no longer a hassle to visit the post. For the past several days I have been shooting HDR images on my visits and will be sharing a few of my favorites. Thanks for taking the time to look and I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy sharing them with you.
USN Destroyer - Chamberlin Hotel seawall
This first image is a tonemapped black and white of the USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) steaming past the Chamberlin Hotel seawall at Fort Monroe.
This next image is of a coastal defense battery on Fort Monroe overlooking the Chesapeake Bay called Battery Church. The battery was commissioned January 1901 and was named for 1st Lt. Albert E. Church of the 3rd U.S. Artillery. The image was created using three exposures 1 stop apart from each other then merged into one image using Photomatix Pro.
Powder Room - Water Battery
While walking the Water Battery in front of the old fortress at Fort Monroe I saw this copper coated door for the powder room of the old Water Battery. The powder room is all that remains of the Water Battery, I decided to blend 3 images for an HDR image of this door to bring out the grain of the wood peeking beneath the copper cladding. This is one of my favorite HDR images from Fort Monroe because of the vibrant rust, wood and copper patina blending together to make a wonderfully colorful image.
Finally, this last image is an HDR in B&W of the moat and walls of Fortress Monroe. I blended three 1 stop exposures to bring out the subtle clouds and keep the interesting texture in the masonry walls of the fort and the water. I tend to prefer HDR in B&W more so than color as it looks more natural to me than the over saturated colors of color HDR images. In B&W the images tend to take on a more serious and foreboding feel that I think works very well in my B&W landscape work.
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