Shot this over the weekend at Winchester Cathedral
It was difficult to get the shot with so few people so I had to wait for the crowds to thin out before taking the frame. No tripods allowed so I had to keep as steady as possible to keep sharpness at 1/15 sec. The light was quite soft as it was overcast at the time this was not in line with what I was hoping for in this image, namely shafts of light piercing through from the upper windows to the right of the image throwing the left wall into strong contrasty light with the right in shadows.
None the less this did allow a more detailed image to be captured allowing plenty of scope for Photoshop work.
I processed the RAW as full colour with the BW conversion via channel mixer to bring out maximum detail and contrast in the image. I used a serried of dodge an burn layers to being out details in the seating to the left and right of the image and also the left and right facades. A curves adjustment layer was used to bring out more contrast in the stone columns, separate layers for the left and right and a third one for the altar. A final curves layer was used to enhance the texture of the stone floor.
Following this I used the free transform tool to correct for the small degree of converging verticals and restore perspective balance to my image. Once flattened I used an edge sharpening technique to sharpen without increasing the noise levels, giving me a very clean and highly detailed image.
Exposure 1/15 sec @ F6.3 and 14mm focal length
Black and white
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