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Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 February 2012 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

What's old is new again #5......Pictured above is a repost of a shot that I captured in 2009 of the stained glass dome just outside the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall. This HDR processing of three images turned out to be so much more detailed and not overly processed like the last time. I also noticed "smudges" in the previous post of this photo which I didn't understand and have since been removed.

The Chicago Cultural Center, originally the main branch of the Chicago Public Library (1893), which was built on land donated by the Grand Army of the Republic, maintains a memorial hall to the Grand Army inside the building.

The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army who had served in the American Civil War. The GAR was among the first organized interest groups in American politics. It was succeeded by the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW).

The rotunda just outside the memorial hall features 30-foot walls of Knoxville pink marble, mosaic floor, and a fine, colorful stained-glass dome in an intricate Renaissance floral pattern by the firm of Healy and Millet.

Photo captured July 24, 2009.

DSLR-A300 1/30 second F/3.5 ISO 200 18 mm

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Interesting to reprocess with the benefit of what we all learn as we go along . . there have been - and still are - some Hideous-DR workings out there but this shows the true potential.

24 Feb 2012 7:09am

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

nice shot
have a lovely day

24 Feb 2012 8:14am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Very grand.

24 Feb 2012 8:39am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Excellent details and tones ! The details are fantastic ! Have a lovely day :)

24 Feb 2012 8:50am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Delightful shot Steven, really beautiful

24 Feb 2012 9:12am

tataray from france, France

wow, couleurs et détails merveilleux.
Très très belle image.)

24 Feb 2012 9:35am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Very beauitful ! Superb colors !

24 Feb 2012 9:40am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A very beautiful glass dome !!! The colours and detail is absoloutely fabulous. Beautifuly captured and presented.

24 Feb 2012 10:11am

Yonatan from New York, United States

Very nice reprocessing. It's really amazing how after a short period of time, the skills that you develop allow you to reinterpret an old photo make much more special.

24 Feb 2012 11:29am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Great detail and colors.

24 Feb 2012 11:50am

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

wow, look at this details! amazing!

24 Feb 2012 12:10pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Extraordinary detail is this version. Interesting example of how archival material can be further enhanced - especially for superb architecture such as this.

24 Feb 2012 12:12pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

So much more detail and light contrast, it would be difficult to better these results.

24 Feb 2012 12:58pm

Karen Politte from Conway, United States

so intricate - you could stare at this thing all day and not see it all! Amazing!

24 Feb 2012 1:22pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Really great detail, very well taken

24 Feb 2012 2:30pm

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, absolutely marvelous colors and details here, Steven - a real beauty of a shot. Excellent!

24 Feb 2012 2:31pm

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

amazing details in this so good shot .

24 Feb 2012 3:03pm

Stefanie from Paris, France

Great colours and details.

24 Feb 2012 3:23pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Brighter and richer in detail this time around ; your updated treatment series is fantastic.

24 Feb 2012 3:40pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

This is spectacular! Superb image!

24 Feb 2012 4:25pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Very beautiful details and embellishments, beautiful warm colors too! Thank you for your thoughtful words yesterday on my post.

24 Feb 2012 4:48pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Amazing. Excellent details and tones. Beautiful dome and a fantastic shot. Love it. :)

24 Feb 2012 4:57pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!!!!!!!!!!

24 Feb 2012 6:37pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This image looks more crisp and clear with more detail than the one previously. This dome is just gorgeous. I would love to see it in person someday.

24 Feb 2012 8:51pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Well, yes, this production is a little more refined....I like it and I think I could spend hours studying all the extraordinary details of this dome !!

24 Feb 2012 9:59pm

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

I agree about the processing, just the right amount! well done!

25 Feb 2012 1:16am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Beautifully done - the stronger glow of light, especially in the center, really makes this version sing!

25 Feb 2012 4:55am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is amazing glass work.

25 Feb 2012 5:12am

l'Angevine from Angers, France

j'adore les couleurs comme une terre au ciel...

25 Feb 2012 7:06am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A delightful version of this wonderful stained glass. A masterpiece.

25 Feb 2012 11:26am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Wonderful version and so beautiful.

25 Feb 2012 3:57pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Amazing and beautiful interior! Great capture!

25 Feb 2012 5:47pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great details and architecture. And great shot

25 Feb 2012 6:03pm

Crash Ryan from Weehawken, NJ & NYC, United States

gorgeous ! gotta love that craftsmanship .....

25 Feb 2012 6:40pm

Kala from United States

Gorgeous perspective and light. What wonderful craftsmanship.

25 Feb 2012 10:11pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

yo yo yo!!! :) hello mate!! how have things been? so glad to see your comment tonight! i am not really here - but i still post just to have an online storage or work... eventhough i have 4 of these types of sights LOL. are you on google plus? that is where i am these days... you should check it out...! and let me know if you join!!! :D

26 Feb 2012 5:53am

Florence from Paris, France

A fantastic dome indeed... what a work here on stain and glasses. Your process reveals and enhances everything Steven !

26 Feb 2012 10:00am

franz from Baden, Austria

stunning image with a wealth of interesting detail! gorgeous perspective and angle!

26 Feb 2012 3:25pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

exquisite detail.

26 Feb 2012 4:33pm

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

this is really a fantastic HDR work - very well done Steven

26 Feb 2012 7:21pm

Philou04 from Manosque, France

Impressive colours and mainly light in this renewed version.

27 Feb 2012 3:28pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Wow! I am dropping my jaw!

27 Feb 2012 7:29pm

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Amazingly beautiful detail photographed perfectly, love the armorial decorations that
surround this magnificent skylight !~

27 Feb 2012 11:37pm

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