For this month, our photography club (Gloucester County Photography Club) opted to go to Bryn Athyn Cathedral in Bryn Athyn, Pennyslvania to shoot instead of our usual club meetings. It was a nice day to be outside and take pictures. However, we were a few weeks late because most of the leaves are gone and the fall colors were not as colorful as it was. But we still did manage to make the best of it because the Cathedral and the surroundings were wonderful.
I brought my tripod and my wired trigger which proved to be helpful shooting landscapes. I also thought that setting up my camera on manual focus was great specially with the peaking feature in my Sony Alpha 99. What the peaking feature does is to display a color on the image you are trying to focus on (the color shows on the edges depicting the image in focus). It was really easier using manual focus with this feature. In addition, when using a macro lens stick with a tripod. Most of my handheld shots on shallow DOF are blurry and were not deemed to be shown.
The above picture was a combination of 5 exposures and merged in CS5. Though, I did not process them as HDR. After merging in CS5, I saved it and opened in Lightroom 5 and finished up the post processing using onOne software. Click here to see the other pictures (or should I say the ones that made the cut).
That day was my second time being there. My first time was by accident, when my family moved from Bensalem to Warminster (both town are in Pennsylvania) we were looking for a Catholic church one Sunday morning and we happened to go to Bryn Athyn Cathedral. We went inside the church in the middle of the service and we were surprised (i guess as well as the people inside). We immediately went out because I immediately recognized that it was not a Catholic church.