Images & Observations

The Path To Higher Learning

Nikon D80 10-24mm 14mm ISO 100 f/16 (3 brackets) Lr3 HDR Efex Pro

This was the view looking west from Marston Quadrangle towards the Carnegie Building and Pearsons Hall at Pomona College, Claremont, California yesterday morning.  Pomona College was founded in 1887 as the first of the seven institutions that became the Claremont University Consortium.  Most of the combined campuses share approximately one square mile of contiguous space in the heart of Claremont California in a green shaded enclave developed from the arid and boulder strewn scrubland that was a part of the San Gabriel Mountains floodplain.  With an endowment calculated at $1.299  Billion in 2006, one can be fairly certain that this green oasis will continue to be maintained at a high level, well in to the future.

I captured this image and a few others between 11:00 and 11:45 yesterday morning as part of my HDR learning experience.  I would have liked to have been able to capture more than the three automatic brackets delivered by the camera, but that would be very difficult under present circumstances.  I restrained myself from over processing during tone mapping, but Judy thinks I went too far with this image.  I did push things, but I wanted to bring out a lot of detail and emphasis with the foliage.  Some of the intricacies of Lightroom have been confounding me, so a lot of time is spent on trial and error and reviewing tutorials.

We have just begun exploring the image capture opportunities in Claremont, and will be returning in the future.

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