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Entrance, Historic Lapeer County Courthouse

The historic Lapeer County Courthouse was built in 1846. It is one of only a few Greek Revival designed courthouses from the early 19th century that still exist in Michigan. Most of these early court buildings were replaced by larger stone & brick stations in the latter part of the 19th century. The court system moved to a new facility many years ago, but they do still occasionally try cases in this old historic court building, which makes this the oldest courthouse still in use in Michigan.

 

I've been by this building many times in the past and it has never been opened. I happened to visit the town of Lapeer this past weekend during their Lapeer Days celebration and the historical group there had the courthouse open for visitors. This was a real treat for me. I had been wanting to experiment with HDR image blending for awhile. Due to the contrasty lighting conditions in the courthouse, I decided to try some HDR work. The image above was made by blending 7 bracketed exposures with the Exposure Fusion option in Photomatrix.

 

Olympus Evolt E-510 ,Olympus Zuiko 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6

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Taken on August 22, 2010