We weren’t hunting with guns; we were hunting with our cameras — for murals. Each year Sacramento hosts Wide Open Walls and invites artists to paint amazing images on the sides of buildings. These paintings are huge.

We never get to see them all, so we photograph what we can. Some are from years back, but they are new to us. I’ve shown you some before. This year we only saw a fraction of the new art. I guess we’ll have to go back.

I was shooting with my Fujifilm, so I didn’t have my ultra-wide 10 – 20 mm lens available. But I think the 18 to 55 mm did a good job. Sometimes I had to angle the image to get the entire mural in.

Here are some of these colorful masterpieces. Click on each image to see it in its entirety.

We heard there was a mural of Ruth Bader Ginsberg painted before her death. We hunted and found it in an alley behind a restaurant. Some great murals are in alleys, but I’m hoping they do another in a more prominent location.

While hunting for these murals, I found other things to photograph which I’ll show you in another post. Hopefully I’ll go hunting again for murals soon!

6 thoughts on “On a hunting trip: Wide Open Walls

  1. I bet there are so many beautiful ones. One thing I do to take pictures of large areas is to meter, set my camera to manual, and then shoot dozens to make a panorama. That would work with the really large ones. Must have been fun. The RBG one is so touching.


      1. Anne – you don’t need a tripod. I sort of outline what I want to include – more than I think I will need – in a photo. I export to PS from LR to do it as PS is much better. MS also has an excellent one, but I don’t recall its name. The one in LR is not as good as it could be. My scatter gun approach works – I cannot recall ever using my tripod!

        Once you get a bunch of photos, I usually reduce them in size in export in LR, to a jpg. This is only if I have large files or a lot (sometimes 40!), and then merge them. In LR, highlight all the ones you want to do, and then send them to PS photomerge. Then wait.

        When done, compress the layers before saving it to LR. Do the rest of post and crop in LR, and there you go!


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