This year, instead of buying gifts for each other, my wife and I treated ourselves to a night at the Martha Washington Inn and a show at the Barter Theatre. While my wife gave herself the added gift of having a massage, I headed out into downtown Abingdon to snap a few photos before the show.
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I first went down to the Methodist Church. Pretty much every church in Abingdon is pretty, and this was no exception.
The sky was lacking color while I was at this church, so I opted to process these to Black and White using Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
I then headed down to the REALLY cool looking Presbyterian Church. I was going to process it into black and white as well, but the beautiful red doors kept me working with a color image. Just before I was about to pack it in I saw the moon peak out of the clouds, so I waited a few minutes to get a shot with the moon included.
On my way back to the Martha I shot a couple photos of the Christmas decorations and a cool old car.
The first photo of the Barter Theater is a single exposure taken just as the blue hour started...
This second photo is a composite of multiple images. I used a 'lighten only' and some layer masking to bunch all the photos together in photoshop.
I gotta say 'A Modern Christmas Carol' was absolutely fantastic! I simply cannot express that enough! I have not yet been to a show there that has underwhelmed me.
The next morning, while my wife was enjoying sleeping in, I hit the pavement and grabbed a few more shots before heading home. The first two are probably just for reference only, but the Christmas Decorations at the Martha Washington were top notch! These were taken really early in the A.M. before the place got busy with guests.
I then walked down to the fountain near the Barter Stage II.
Can you tell that I really love this light across from the Barter? I took one more with a slightly different comp before shooting a few with the telephoto.
Now mounting the DA* 60-250 f4, I made my way around shooting different compositions of this awesome theatre.
If you get a chance to go to Abingdon, do it! And stay at the Martha Washington Hotel and see a show at the Barter! I can't wait to return in the spring when the blooms are out!