Hi SEMO --
Yes, it was done in HDR, processed with Photomatix Pro + Lightroom 5... 7 exposures @ 1 EV apart, on tripod. HDR was necessary to get the detail back in the bricks while still preserving the intensity of the "fire in the sky." I saw an awesome sunset coming up, so I sat and waited until it peaked color-wise and I still had enough light to do the -3 to +3 EV bracket.
I used my Nikon D800 w/ Zeiss Distagon 25mm f/2 lens, f/8, ISO 100.
The subject is the remains of a building at the original Baylor College site. Originally called Independence Academy, it was the first college established in the Republic of Texas (in 1845), before TX was a US state. It is located on "Academy Hill," near a small community about 20 miles from my house called Independence. Independence is close to Washington-on-the-Brazos, the original capital of The Republic of Texas, where Texas declared its independence from Mexico a decade earlier and became a sovereign country. At that time, Independence was the wealthiest town in the Republic of TX, and it had a large Baptist community, so a Baptist college was founded. Originally, it was a co-ed college, but eventually, the men's educational facilities were moved to another site ("Windmill Hill") a few miles from there, most likely due to religious objections to young, single men and women sharing the same facilities. Independence Academy at Academy Hill then became a female-only college. No structures remain of the men's college today. In 1866, the female college was re-named Baylor Female College and the male college was named Baylor Male College, after Judge R.E.B. Baylor. In the 1880's, the Baylor male college was moved to Waco, TX, merging with Waco University and becoming what is now Baylor University. The female college was moved to Belton, TX and became The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. UMHB started out as a female only university as well, but went co-ed in the early 1970's.
What you see in my pic is the only thing left of the front entrance of the 3-story Female College classroom building, built in 1857. The classroom building as it looked then is shown in the pc below. The 4 columns and the arched entrance seen in the right side of the photo below is the subject of my photo.
The only other original structural remains left of the Baylor Female
College are portions of a couple brick walls of the dormitory about 75 yds east of there. Today, the site is called Old Baylor Park.
Edited by RifleDude - April/23/2014 at 16:51