Temple of Dendur

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This is the Temple of Dendur exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of art.  Processed using Photomatix from hand held 9-exposure bracketed set, with a light application of Lucis Pro and some Nik filters.

After posting images from the Episcopal Cathedral, this is a change of pace to a very different place of worship.  The temple was acquired by the US when we helped Egypt save a lot of other antiquities that would have been destroyed by the construction of a dam.  The exhibit opened in 1978, while I was attending a high school about 4-5 blocks from the museum.  I remember when it opened, and I’ve always been very fond of it.  Just the idea that there is an entire temple building, albeit somewhat small, inside the Met Museum building is pretty cool.

This photo is also one of my favorite processing jobs of my own work.  For a comparison, I have included the original unaltered regular exposure image under the “More” link to show how this originally looked. As Trey Ratcliff explains often, the plain unprocessed photo looks less like what I remember than this heavily adjusted image does.  This is how I remember seeing the temple.

The entire window view (that’s Central Park, by the way) had to be completely masked in from a darker exposure.  Besides all the filters, I did a lot of masking in this.  The statues, the water, and the ceiling all have different amounts of each filter mixed in to different degrees. (more…)

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