‘The Catacombs’ really aren’t catacombs at all. The arches and doors (all above ground) are part of Templo de Santo Domingo in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, MX. However, I think with a few skeletons, spider webs and maybe Indiana Jones this could be made to work. I was taken with the interesting geometric shapes in this scene; the soft curves of the arches juxtaposed with the linear angles of the ceiling beams, door frames and steps. The muted (somewhat de-saturated colors) and texture add to the dark and foreboding mood.
Photographer’s note: The original color digital image was captured with my small Canon PowerShot G15 ‘pocket camera.’ I processed the image with my Photomatix HDR (High Dynamic Range) software, and then converted it to B&W in PSE11. Further enhancements included overlaying the B&W image with a colored texture image, and then fine-tuning the exposure and color saturation in PSE11. Camera settings: 1/250s @ f/2.8, ISO 160, FL=28mm wide angle.