Category Archives: HDR

Cumberland County Courthouse

This past weekend I took a trip to the southern part of Illinois to watch my nephews motocross race and along the way passed through Toledo, Illinois. Toledo has a nice little town square where the Cumberland County Courthouse is located.  I couldn’t resist stopping to take some photographs.  Each image is a composite of 3 photos combined in Nik Software HDR Efex Pro 2.  Click on each image to view larger.

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Galena, Illinois

A recent visit to Galena, IL. took me by many beautiful Civil War era homes and Mansions. Galena was the residence of Ulysses S. Grant and eight other Civil War generals, as well as several entertainers and politicians. Once one of the most important cities in the state, Galena was a hub on the Mississippi River between St. Louis and St. Paul. It is rich in history and architecture not to mention a multitude of shops and dining choices.  Below is a shot of Galena’s Main street where most of the shops and restaurants can be found.

DSC_6568_69_70 by Christopher L. Nelson.


The Belvedere Mansion and Gardens

This house is truly a walk into the history of this great nation during the time leading up to, during and after the Civil War.  Ambassador J. Russell Jones served this country from shopkeeper to United States Marshall to Congress and throughout the Civil War as a champion of Ulysses S. Grant from the General’s humble residence in Galena to the seat of power in the White House. Jones remained a true friend to Eliuh Washburne, himself an honored General of the War and later Secretary of State throughout his life. Their communications are well documented and their seeds of friendship began in this very house. Lincoln called upon J. Russell Jones when he wished to know of Grant’s progress; and, the fortunes of war as far away as Paris and Brussels, as well as when Lincoln suspected that Grant might eventually take his place in the White House. From a young man, Jones tenacity for business rewarded him with the finest luxuries that life can afford (including this Victorian mansion) as well as with tragedy. (Taken from the Belvedere’s website)

DSC_6611_2_3 by Christopher L. Nelson. DSC_6617_8_9 by Christopher L. Nelson.

Old Truck

I made this photo from 3 exposures  (-1 EV, 0 EV, +1 EV- Handheld) taken on a recent trip to Galena, IL. and subsequently combined them in Photomatix Pro. I then made a few slight adjustments in Lightroom giving it that kinda far out, unreal look which I think looks cool on old vehicles.  If you are new to HDR imaging as I am, you will find this great tutorial very helpful.  If you enjoyed my photo please share with others and/or leave me a comment.

by Christopher L. Nelson.

Old Time Bridge

Here are a few HDR images of an old bridge I took recently.  I was at the beginning of a late afternoon photo “jaunt” out around the area where I live which was highlighted by me slipping in the mud under the bridge, nearly dislocating my shoulder and sliding precariously down the bank, camera and tripod in hand, nearly into the water.  Needless to say my backside, coat and shoes were caked with mud.  Even though I felt a bit foolish and jumped up as quick as I could to see if anyone had observed my acrobatics, I did not let it deter me from the rest of the day doing what I love…taking pictures ( mud and all)! Hope you enjoy them. Click on the images to view larger.  Leave a comment and tell me which one you like best. 

DSC_4510_1_2 by Christopher L. Nelson. DSC_4510_1_2-2 by Christopher L. Nelson.

DSC_4507_8_9 by Christopher L. Nelson.

Round Corn-crib Sunrise

Another beautiful sunrise this morning.  I never considered myself an early riser but as I get older I’m finding it’s the best part of the day. As I was out driving this morning waiting for the light and the great colors that come with it, I found this old rather unique looking old corn-crib not too far from my house. Hope you like it. Leave me a comment and tell me what you think.  Click to view larger.

DSC_5810_1_2_3 by Christopher L. Nelson.

Michigan Lighthouse

Big Red Lighthouse-Holland, MI.

This is Michigan’s most photographed lighthouse- commonly known as “Big Red” – and a favorite among all the Holland attractions.  It is located in Ottawa County, Michigan at the entrance of a channel connecting Lake Michigan with Lake Macatawa, and which gives access to the city of Holland, Michigan.  Except for its color, it is a virtual twin of the Kewaunee Pierhead Light on the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan.  Over the years, “Big Red” has taken on a life of its own, popular with painters, photographers, beach-goers, and boaters.  It’s a “must see” if you’re in Holland.