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Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall Dome

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 September 2013 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Another edition of "What's old is new again." (Tag: woina) This photo was posted back in 2009. But this was during a time when my HDR processing was a little (OK, a lot) over the top. I wanted to reprocess this image in a more "conservative" way, which actually brings out better detail.

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.


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Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Beautifully processed

11 Sep 2013 5:27am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Yes, so much cleaner, brighter, and easier to find the detail.

11 Sep 2013 6:56am

Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Beautiful colors and details.

11 Sep 2013 8:11am

Graciel.la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Well done.

11 Sep 2013 8:43am

tataray from Deux-Sèvres. (Charentes-Poitou), France

Beaux détails et couleurs.
Effet superbe.)

11 Sep 2013 8:46am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Wonderful ! Great details.

11 Sep 2013 9:17am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Yup, we have progress for sure !!

11 Sep 2013 9:56am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Beautiful detail and symmetry!

11 Sep 2013 10:57am

Mariana Maoduš from Waterloo, Canada

super details ! great frame

11 Sep 2013 11:00am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful !

11 Sep 2013 1:12pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States


11 Sep 2013 2:01pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

"When we know better, we do better!"
Only wish the quote my own. ;D

11 Sep 2013 2:10pm

Jacques Brassard from Quebec, Canada


11 Sep 2013 3:56pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

5 stars from me - spectacular!!!

11 Sep 2013 5:02pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Wonderful shot. So beautiful. Amazing details. :)

11 Sep 2013 5:25pm

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

The geometry and symmetries seem to concentrate the wonderful colors in the center as a terrific finale. Superb image.

11 Sep 2013 6:29pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is beautiful too Steven..I see what you mean about transitions of skill over time...but you always were and still are the man when it comes to fine, tasteful HDR work...I have ALWAYS loved your work!!

11 Sep 2013 6:54pm

CreatednotFound from Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Absolutely beautiful. What a stunning thing to look at!!

11 Sep 2013 8:26pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

That's hypnotic!

11 Sep 2013 11:10pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wow! Lovely share.

11 Sep 2013 11:16pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Spot on perspective lines and lovely color/detail.

12 Sep 2013 12:45am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Absolutely beautiful! This is so majestic!

12 Sep 2013 1:37am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Again, much better than the old HDR.

12 Sep 2013 3:20am

Abena from Illinois, United States

Such intricate, gorgeous detail. It's beautiful, Steven!

12 Sep 2013 3:47am

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

Agree, this is much more skilfully processed than the 2009 version

12 Sep 2013 7:06am

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressant détails

12 Sep 2013 2:20pm

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

This magnificent dome almost reads as a map, so much detail and beauty it must have had
many awards when first built . Your processing has improved beyond words for this photo !~

18 Sep 2013 8:29pm

franz from Baden, Austria

i fully agree with phil above! this "new" process you're employing works miracles on already very good images !

20 Sep 2013 7:32pm

This image has been featured in 1 Remix collection.

I just like it by Ruthiebear