Tag Archives: San Antonio

Understanding our Latest Work: The Alamo

If you live anywhere in the state of Texas then the subject of their new work really needs no introduction.  Visiting the Alamo at some point in your life is almost a culturally required pilgrimage.

Staying in a city like San Antonio with over 1.4 million people has a profound effect on the things you notice day in and out.  I love to take shots of unusual historic buildings to send a unique message of mankind’s progress, or lack thereof, in its continual struggle to understand science and ward of the effects of nature.

A historical structure of slowly decaying history, such as the Alamo,  speaks volumes to me about the impermeability of man and his toys.

Alamo
The Alamo

With the Alamo, I chose to focus mainly in black and white. The tonal blacks give a definite age look to this magnificent structure. The real color of the mission is various stony shades of brown placed against a stone tiles that people walk on. The picture in color loses some of the definition as the dominant historical feature that it truly is.

The features of rough stone, brought out to the viewer using the classical ideas of dodging and burning, are then coupled with a more modern approach of adding slightly colored filters to give it the final characteristics I was looking for.

( Artist Note:)   San Antonio is fabulous historical city to visit and the nearby Menger Hotel is literally within walking distance.  It’s the place to stay on your Alamo adventure.

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A Haunted Picture of The Emily Morgan

It’s Halloween!  Time to get dressed up in your costumes and go to various masquerades and fun events. So, to get you in the mood, I took a shot of the Emily Morgan hotel in San Antonio.

The Emily Morgan Hotel sits on land right next to the famous Alamo in San Antonio Texas.  But what makes it really famous is the hotel is known to be among the most haunted hotels in Texas.

Emily Morgan Haunted
The Haunted Emily Morgan

So,  how did I make the picture look like it’s haunted?

First, I took the picture just after the tower lights came on at dusk.  Second, I had to find the right angle to get the shot I wanted.  While the tower itself is a great piece of Gothic imagery, I wanted to include the roof because of the lines and exquisite detail.  Third, I put the image through a high contrast red filter.

The results are quite spooky.  The clouds suddenly took on this ominous haunted look, while the tower with its lighting really added a ghostly glow to the ornamental sides.

So, enjoy your Halloween, Dias de Muertos, All Saints Day , or just your weekend.  Have fun.

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