Sculpture is theme at Where’s My backpack? this week. This is one of those themes that at first I was thinking that I didn’t have anything, but once I took a look through my archives I realized that I had more than I thought. I decided to go with this photo in honor of the 4th of July:
This World War II memorial is on the grounds of Jefferson Barracks in St. Louis Missouri. This memorial is on St. Louis County Parks property. There is a National Cemetery right near the county park.
This photo was a tough one to get and I have to say, if I was to do it again, I would go at a different time. This photo was taken in the middle of the day, so harsh light and shadows were a problem. Having said that though, the reality is that I was there when I could be there, so I did the best I could.
At the bottom of this post I will put the original photo, just so you can see what I was up against. I was thinking that I would use HDR to get a better end result. So, I tried bracketing my photos, but didn’t really get a great result. What you see in the above photo is a bit of a false HDR. It is made from one single image. In Aperture I made two additional copies of the original. Then I changed the exposure to -1 on one and -2 on another. The original I left at 0. These three I merged into HDR using Photomatix. I ended up liking the version you see above which is using a “painterly” setting. Then in Photoshop I sharpened and cropped the image. That’s a bit of fixing for just one image, but here is the original:
So, that was a bit of work for one photo, but I do like the HDR image better. What do you think? Feel free to leave a comment below.
A very happy 4th of July to my American readers.