The Catacombs

Catacombs Framed

The Catacombs

‘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.   



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