The first image is St. Josaphat Basilica. The other images are of St. Stanislas Church and an icon detail on that church. These churches were built back near the 1900s when many Polish immigrants arrived in Milwaukee. Thinks change now and the neighborhood that these churches reside in are full of Hispanic immigrants. Taken with D700, 28-300mm Lens, manual exposure and white balance; I used Lightroom 4 to get some perspective adjustments such as I could manage. Some day I will need to get a PC lens, but that will need to wait for another year.
John, nice images, I think the corrections look pretty good. I've found that if you intend to fix distortion in postprocessing, it's a good idea to leave a lot of room to crop the image. A 24mm PC might just be wide enough, I think my 28mm PC might be a bit difficult to get the whole church in.
You know, they just don't build them like that anymore.
The first image particularly impressed me. Beautiful exposure and color, and a beautiful building. In my shots like that, I try to get the sidewalk or road the building is sitting on to get some kind of foundation. But I suspect you could not get far enough back or there may have been some distracting objects in the foreground you wanted to eliminate. Beautifully done. Thank you Bob (rhb007)
Thank you so much for your comments. Indeed, for the Basilica I did want to get more of the building, however the street signs, stop lights, cars, and so much undesirable stuff made a decent image not achievable so I settled on an alternative approach. For the other church, I would have liked to get further back for the frontal view, but I would have had to be on the opposite side of a multi-lane expressway with fences (perhaps too far) to contend with. Again, thanks for the comments.
Nice series, John. I especially like 1 and 2. Doesn't it seem like some of the most photogenic buildings are always surrounded by the most unphotogenic stuff. Nice job of making the best of what you had to work with.
Larry, thanks for looking and commenting....there are many more opportunities for photographs. In fact, coming up soon, on the week-end of September 22 and 23 there is an even that is called "Doors Open Milwaukee and citizens can visit many buildings and bring their camera and tripod to photograph both interior (in some cases) and exterior. I am looking forward to the event, but I need to figure which buildings I most want to photograph. There is no way on that week-end I can do them all. Put it gives me a nice list for future reference!