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By ghibby  
Fountains Abbey

Hi Guys! Itís been a long time since my last upload and Iíve not had nearly enough time for photography lately. Really looking forward to catching up with some folios over the next few days and whenever my boss is not near by!

This image was taken on the first weekend of Feb this year and shows the Cellarium at the beautiful Fountains Abbey. It was a relatively bright day and when the low sun poked out from the clouds it formed fantastic long shafts of light into the Cellarium. Exposure was very tricky indeed as the dynamic range was to much for recording in a single frame. I opted to go for an HDR image with -2, 0 and +2 EV bracketing and combining using Adobe CS2 and the local adaptation method.

I boosted the contrast using a curves adjustment layer and also added a subtle diffuse glow with a duplicate layer set to blend in Overlay mode and with blend options to restrict the layers effects to the mid tones and highlights within the image.

Iím a little disappointed with the slight softness to the extreme right of the frame, this was exaggerated during the conversion to HDR but I donít think it takes away enough to bin the shot.

Exposure 4.0, 1.0 and 1/4sec @ F8.0 and 14mm focal length.

Hope you enjoy this one and hope to uploading a lot more soon!

Tags: Ancient Architecture Ruins Hdr Digitally manipulated Fountains abbey Cellarium Landscape and travel Cellars

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tmann 16 4 2 United States
27 Feb 2007 3:03PM
great work with the lighting and of course the viewpoint!
Nice shot!
Peteward 14 6 England
27 Feb 2007 4:21PM
Superb.I know how hard it is with the light in this place.Went last weekend with velvia 100f loaded in camera.Waiting for my results to come back from peak imaging.I hope they are as good as yours.

Cheers Pete
ghibby 15 101 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2007 4:30PM
Cheers Pete. I've never shot this place on film and can imagine what a nightmare getting the right exposure is, bad enough with digital! Hope they look good.
John_Horner 16 12 2 England
27 Feb 2007 4:39PM
Good exposure and camera work. Not an easy shot to get right, but u nailed it.
limmy62 Plus
14 12 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2007 4:51PM
Well caught
User_Removed 15 16 England
27 Feb 2007 6:03PM
Mind-blowing depth you've captured here with so much detail. Exposure is spot-on.
JohnDyer Plus
15 80 2 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2007 6:08PM
love these type of shots, nice one
starliz 17 1.6k 3 England
27 Feb 2007 7:25PM
like the angle and the light popping in very impressive large.
taggart Plus
17 47 14 United States
27 Feb 2007 8:02PM
Good to see one of your images again-- This is exceptional and well done! thanks for your description of you workflow--
Complicated, but you achieved some wonderful texture/colors with this technique-- enjoyed, Jennnnnn
ghibby 15 101 United Kingdom
27 Feb 2007 8:54PM
Thanks Jennnnnn!
liparig 17 233 United States
27 Feb 2007 9:05PM
amazing arches image love the light and shadows
sunshot 16 24 United Kingdom
28 Feb 2007 9:21AM
brilliant shot with amazing depth.

Jou©o 17 56 Finland
28 Feb 2007 6:43PM
happy to make it 30....

Superb work, Ben!

This HDR thingy is very popular these days here at EPZ.......


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