The Digital History Wall at the El Paso Museum is a set of touch sensitive digital screens that allow the visitors to browse a library of photos and other media that make up El Paso’s history. The wall is housed within a plaza that protects it from harsh weather and also provides a pleasant visual environment.

I was hired by the architect to photograph the wall and the plaza.

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The plaza was designed to fit with the existing structure and also add a modern touch.

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The reflective surface on the colored glass art proved difficult to photograph. I used a circular polarizer for many photos in an effort to reduce unwanted reflections. Here is a comparison showing a photo with and without the polarizer.

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The high dynamic range between the area in the shade and the outside required a few camera and digital tricks to overcome.

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Fast moving clouds always present an opportunity for some interesting long exposure photos. The photo below represents about 3 minutes of exposure. A Lee Big Stopper 10-stop neutral density filter was used to allow for the long exposure.

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As the sun sets the lighting scheme makes the area look very interesting.

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Digital wall in El Paso

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Once again, there were dynamic range challenges. This time, it was the signs and digital screens that were too bright. A few extra exposures and some digital blending gave good results.

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