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Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

By richsawsedges
This is a stitch of 3 images - was pegged in a corner against a wall - the 18mm lens cut around 1 stone from either side of the building. When I stitched the 3 together it actually looked like a better image.

The image has been corrected to try and straighten the verticals in LR4 and was tonemapped in PhotoMatix, there has been a little work to remove some characters who were a little too close to the camera.

Would welcome C&C as I am not sure if it could take a little more straightening, or does the slight "bulge" add anything.

First picture up here, I look forward to your feedback.


Tags: Architecture Black and white Digitally manipulated

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bwlchmawr 5 32 1 England
14 Nov 2012 4:42PM
Terrific effect.

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Focus_Man 7 481 631 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 5:08PM
I did think that I had seen your name before but if this is your first foray into EPZ then welcome.

Well Richard I have had a little go at making the verticals a little more erect, it does show at the edges quiite a lot but the centre can stand it, given its shape, unless you are going to tell me that it is vertical rather than slightly domed in the central part!

Given the fact that you have stitched three images together, that might have made the difference where the edges are compared with the centre. Anyway a nice initial image here.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3851 Canada
14 Nov 2012 5:18PM
Welcome to Ephotozine Richard.

This is a very graphic image for sure. Theres been a lot done to the shot, and for me, I would like to see the three originals which would assist in a critique of the composite. If you still have them, you can upload them here just by clicking the Modifications tab, and then Upload Modification.
The side shots have a lot of evidence of halos and over sharpening, - possibly Photomatix overdone, but to be fair the originals would be great.


Thanks to both Willie & Frank,

I have added the 3 originals to the modifications tab. Really appreciate the comments, this style is something I love but would love to make it better.

I fear I have overdone a couple of shots using PhotoMatix, I put that down to enthusiasm!

Look forward to further interaction, I have plenty more shots!!

Thanks must go to Adam @ ARA Creative who pointed me towards this place.

gareth01422 10 213 United Kingdom
14 Nov 2012 7:52PM
Personally I like the not so straight lines, It gives the structure more dominance.

Also, may be try splitting the main building into three to equal out the sharpening and levels, as it seem's to get darker towards the top.

banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3851 Canada
14 Nov 2012 9:25PM
Thanks for loading the originals. Having seen what you started out with, you have done an amazing job overall.

I think the central building is terrific, and would only like the two sides to be less "dragged" if you get what I mean.

I wouldnt bother with any further straightening as with a composite, you may get into more trouble than its worth.

And now for the jackpot question; this camera has a panoramic sweep function that would shoot this in one shot. Have you tried it out, - or is there a reason you didnt use it?


Thank you for taking a look at the originals and for the compliment.

As for why I didn't use the sweep panorama, firstly I wanted the images in RAW, the camera saves the sweep panorama as jpeg, secondly I wanted as much resolution as possible in case I decided to crop anything out, the final image here is around the same size as a full frame shot from my camera (6000 x 4000).

Onoe final consideration for not using sweep is that the exposure is fixed once the shutter is pressed, I seem to recall changing the shutter speeds across the 3 images to try and get the same sky brightness, across a sweep the right edge would be dark as the sun was setting to the left side of the shot.

paulbroad 10 123 1235 United Kingdom
15 Nov 2012 7:40PM
Screams HDR and, even though this is better than most, it's still a bit strong for me. Compositionally I would only want a bit more at the bottom. You talk of exposure on your three images. Surely the idea is one under, one over, one correct to cover the full tonal range as existing at the time?

The biggest single problem with the various ways of getting tone mapping is that it is overdone. As I said, this is quite good, but I knew what you had done as soon as I saw it.


Thanks for the comment. The three images are left, right and middle. This is a composite of 3 different shots, stitched into a single jpeg and then tonemapped.

I agree that there is not a lot towards the bottom.
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3851 Canada
15 Nov 2012 8:48PM
Thats a good reason Richard. I asked as Ive not seen any really good pano sweep shots. I have it on my Fuji X-Pro, and Ive tried it, but not all together happy with it.


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