Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Air Force Academy Chapel at Night

Since my new camera is suppose to take good photos in low light, I went to the United States Air Force Academy yesterday evening to try some photos of the famous Cadet Chapel. I was very pleased with the results - my old camera wouldn't have worked without a tripod, and even then it would have had trouble with the exposures and autofocus.
All these photos are handheld, and it was much dimmer than the photos appear. The camera was pulling out details I couldn't see with my eyes.
This one is taken at the bottom of the previous one, at right angles.
This is the front of the chapel - I thought it looked almost like a landing strip, appropriate for the location.
And finally, here's the other side of the chapel, which wasn't illuminated - I was astonished that I could get a hand-held photo here at all. A couple of stars showed up and the autofocus was even able to lock on. This one's grainier because I had to push the low-light performance almost to its maximum.

19 comments:

  1. Oh, Al! These are awesome!! I want a camera like yours!! Really superb captures and I do love the detail!! Have fun!! Give the doggies a pat for me!

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  2. You have taken some tremendous photos. Your composition is excellent.

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  3. My friend Al,

    Sometimes I think that you can take great photos even with the oldest camera in the world.
    Because your eyes can catch the spirit of any place.

    My best wishes.
    Yannis Politopoulos

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  4. Wow! Stunning, breathtaking photos of Cadet Chapel, Al!
    Give to your adorable dogs kisses from me. :)

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  5. Great shots! Aren't the new high-ISO cameras awesome? I'm also amazed at what details they pick up in low light conditions.

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  6. What an interesting building, especially at night.

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  7. Fantastic photos of that beautiful chapel. Sure your camera is as good as you deserve.

    · hugs

    · LMA · & · CR ·



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  8. Magnificent night photography !

    What a beautiful place!

    Happy Week to you,
    artmusedog and carol
    A Creative Harbor

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  9. I attended the Boy Scout National Jamboree at the Air Force Academy in 1960. The Chapel was started in 1959 and completed on 1962. Wish I had seen it then. Wonderful pictures of an amazing building. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  10. That is an amazing camera! Those pictures are ... well, as clear as day. And what a beautiful chapel it is.

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  11. wonderfully different...i really like the photo of the windows in the last shot!

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  12. Great night shots! That is a beautiful setting to test your new camera.

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  13. These are fantastic night-time photos. And what futuristic architecture!
    Thanks for your comment on my Remembrance post. I just updated it with some information from my children's school about former pupils who lost their lives during WW1. It affected me so much when I got the email from the school that I wanted to share it more widely.

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  14. absolutely gorgeous. that is just amazing ... the windows & angles. an architect's dreams, maybe? ( :

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  15. These are amazing. Considering how you took them, makes them even more so. If you don't mind, what is the camera you took them with. If you do mind, that is okay also. Nice job Al...

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  16. Awesome shots! Your camera is doing a great job in low light...and hand held!

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