Jesuit Baroque

Briefly noted: the Jesuit parish St. Ignatius Church was built in 1914 following the destruction of a previous Jesuit church in the great San Francisco earthquake. The docent history of St. Ignatius proudly proclaims its style as “Jesuit Baroque,” and you can see that this is an apt description from my photo.

Jesuit Baroque

Jesuit Baroque, photo by Harold Davis. View this image larger.

St. Ignatius sits on a hill, its baroque towers designed to be seen by ships coming in through the Golden Gate, and from many other points in San Francisco. In fact, the church dome and towers are visible from upper windows (and the parking deck) at California Pacific Medical Center, where Katie Rose is in the NICU. After a recent visit to Katie Rose, I had a little extra time, and I decided to explore this mansion of God on the hill.

On a bright but cloudy Sunday afternoon, the nave was deserted. Lighting was fairly low in dynamic range, so I felt no need to shoot multiple exposures (Yellow Roses is an example of this technique). I did, as is my usual practice, multi-process a singe RAW file to come up with the results shown.

[Nikon D300 with a 12-24mm Zoom lens at 12mm (18mm in 35mm terms), six seconds at f/13 and ISO 100, tripod mounted.]

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