|Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, Tamron 28-80 lens @ 28mm, Polarizer Filter, ISO 100, f/11, 1/50 sec.|
To my luck, the Menger Hotel sits right across the street from the Alamo. I had a break in my conference sessions until 2:45 this afternoon so I took the opportunity to go over and take some photos.
When I started I was trying to shoot the outer confines but there was no way to get any shots without having tourists in them. I was about to get frustrated when I walked up to the front wall trying to get close and find something different that I could shoot without tourists in the shot.
It was just after 11:00am and the mid-day sun was creeping over and caught my eye. Then I thought to myself, what do you recognize most about the Alamo? The shape of the roof with the arch in the center. I shifted my position so that the sun was just behind the top arch of the roof and angled the roof through the frame so that there could not be a single person caught in the shot. I added a polarizer filter to keep the blue in the sky from washing out.
I was aiming for a sunburst over the arch. Didn't get that effect but the sun did form what looks like a halo over the arch.
I was so excited about this. I have never considered myself very good at finding that unique angle. This angle may have been shot before, but I haven't seen it this way. Either way, I was very happy with the outcome.