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Lady Chapel St Albans

By ghibby  
Shot a month or two ago at St Albans Cathedral.. The light coming in from the main window of the Lady Chapel was fantastic but it was much too contrasty to capture in one exposure. I shot three frames bracket at 2 stops around the metered exposure. Once processed in ACR 5.2 I produced an HDR image from 7 exposures obtained from the three bracketed raw files (-4, -2, -1, 0 +1, +2, +4 stops) using Tone Mapping in Photomatix. I find tone mapped HDR results too artificial looking for my taste so I subsequently created another lower contrast image in Photomatix using exposure blending and then merged these images in Photoshop using masking and multiple blending & adjustment layers to create this image. It still retains the feel of the HDR but I hope with a little more subtlety and a more photographic look to it.

Final adjustment was to correct the slightly converging verticals.
Exposures 0.8, 3.2 & 13 sec @ F8.0 and 24mm Focal length

Tags: General Architecture Digitally manipulated

Voters: catmandu, angie44, LV426 and 27 more

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catmandu 12 1 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 12:47PM
Some of the information above sounds all foreign to me, but however you did it you have produced a superb image!! Exellent.
angie44 12
14 Jul 2009 12:52PM
absolutley fantastic superb lighting , spot on and worth the effort . angie
Riyaz 12 8 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 12:58PM
wow wow wow! This is very impressive! I was there last month, and I tried to take some shots inside, with limited lighting, but not as impressive as this shot here!

absolutely superb!
Richsr 14 91 223 England
14 Jul 2009 1:03PM
Excellent details and tones in this - well processed.
Regards Richard.
RobboB Plus
14 133 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 1:06PM
Worth all the effort
Woofmix 12 69 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 1:08PM
Fine shot, definately worth all the effort.

shandoor 12 1 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 1:16PM
Beautiful image love the lines in this image superb lighting great composition
12 10 10 England
14 Jul 2009 1:49PM
You worked very hard to get this superb result. I'm afraid some of it is beyond my comprehension.
PeelNStick 16 4 United States
14 Jul 2009 2:27PM
Good vantage point.
Alan_Coles 15 178 11 Wales
14 Jul 2009 3:55PM
Cracking shot with excellent light.
Billyray 13 70 3 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2009 7:50PM
This is a beautiful shot, you must be really pleased with the result.
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
14 Jul 2009 10:45PM
splendid--- nice to see an images so carefully done!

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