This series of photos of the BAPS Temple near Aurora, IL was taken sometime back in early summer of 2009. The day was pleasant with good sunlight for outdoor.
The temple has amazing architectural work involved, but has no photography policy inside the temple. So these outdoor pictures are the ones that one can use to image the amount of work that would have gone in to build it…
Now some photos :-
Cathedral of Saint Paul, MN was the dream of Archbishop John Ireland who secured the site in 1904. The construction started in 1907 and went on for decades. You can see why it would have taken decades. Situated on the highest point of Saint Paul city @ Summit Hill, it stands 306ft tall with a seating capacity for nearly 3000 people. It is a true piece of French architechture built very futuristically taking ventillation, heating, accoustics, accessibility etc into consideration.
OK. Enough with the history, lets see some photographs.
The last one is a combination from 24 different photographs. It has 8 different angles with 3 exposures each combined to give a HDR. All these 8 HDR images are then woven together to get the 180º field of view both horrizontally and vertically. HDR is necessary here since there is electrical lighting and windows that let sunlight in at near the top that had exposures ranging from +0.5 to +1.5ev and at the vertical bottom there are dark woodden chairs which contribute to -1.0 to -2.0ev. So I had to compromise on the exposure a bit and take a +1.0ev, 0ev and -1.0ev for the HDR with Photomatix. Photoshop CS4 did the trick for stiching together the 8 different HDR tiffs.