The subject of today's post is the Trinity Baptist Church, located at 319 E. Mulberry Ave in San Antonio, Texas. I was not aware of this church until last night when a couple from the church stopped by the First Friday showing. That is truly one of the things that I enjoy most about meeting and talking with people who recognize my work, it usually ends up leading to locations that I had not previously thought of shooting (like Judson's Candy Factory). The prominent steeple and marble columns make this by far the most unique church exterior that I have shot to date and hopefully I will be able to able to take shots from the interior in the near future. It reminds me of a building that you would see in Washington D.C. or somewhere on the East Coast, not here in San Antonio.
Processing the shot turned out to be a little bit of a challenge, as I had to get very close and use the 10-22mm wide angle lens to capture the portion of the building that I wanted while ensuring that the view was not impeded by the power lines that ran along the sidewalk in front of the church. I was fortunate enough to think about the building leaning while I was shooting so I made sure to get the widest possible shot because I knew with processing some of the shot would be discarded due to the needed distortion correction. I used the DxO Optics Pro 6 software to ensure that the building appeared upright and vertical, rather than leaning backward. In order to do this I lost some of the foreground at the bottom of the shot, some of the sky, and some of the sides of the building, but since I had accounted for it while shooting I was able to retain the full steeple and marble columns, but not retaining much else from the shot.
I included the "original" version of the shot as well to show just how amazing of a tool DxO Optics Pro 6 really is! (If you are not using this tool to counteract barrel distortion you should be!!) Once again I was impressed with the black and white version of the shot that I use to help make the coloring appear more natural, so I included the black and white version of the final shot as well! One more note about the original compared to the final versions, I ended up cleaning the white of the shot quite considerably, so the columns and steeple look much "cleaner" than the original version.
Trinity Baptist Church - exterior
Black and White - Trinity Baptist Church - exterior
Original (pre-distortion processing)
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