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The Cloisters

By ghibby  
Happy new year to you all! This is my first post for a while.

I shot this a few weeks ago in the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral. The shot was partially an experimental image while testing out my new toy. The wide angle possibilities of full frame are just astounding. This image was taken at the corner to the entrance of the Cloisters and covers a field of view of over 90 degrees.

The low sun light streaming in made the scene look very dramatic and capturing enough detail in the highlights and shadows was only possible by combining 3 images. I used the mid exposure at a basis for the image, detail in the stained glass windows was revealed using the darkest exposure with a luminance mask, the details in the shaded structure to the centre of the image was revealed using the brightest exposure again with a luminance mask.

Exposures 1.3 sec, 6 sec and 25sec @F9.0 ISO 100 and 13mm focal length


Tags: Wide angle Architecture Stained glass Cloisters Gloucester cathedral

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Andycln 13 26 3 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 12:56PM
What a fantastic shot.
BrianSS 14 418 41 England
20 Jan 2009 12:56PM
A stunning image, such detail. Large +F11 gives the feeling of actually being there !
Scaramanga 13 60 6 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 12:59PM
Fantastic intricate stonework, really well composed image.
DaveU 15 1.4k 127 England
20 Jan 2009 12:59PM
Interesting point of view, and an interesting technique. Easy to chuck the three exposures into Photomatix, merge to HDR and tonemap. A bit more laborious the way you've done it, but it's a fine result and a lovely natural looking image. A figure half way down the rightmost corridor would be the icing on the cake Wink
Sezz 16 619 15 England
20 Jan 2009 1:06PM
A fabulous image, so much detail, the wide-angle works a treat - large version is a must see!

Sarah *
StevesPics 13 6 England
20 Jan 2009 1:17PM
Stunning shot. Thanks for sharing your techniques

sut68 17 2.0k 77 England
20 Jan 2009 1:21PM
Lovely bit of work and as Mr Brummingham suggests, a figure in that right corridor would just finish it off perfectly.

stevieasp 14 7 England
20 Jan 2009 1:34PM
Great image well worked, as Stevespics said " thanks for sharing technique"
pmaclll 15 5 Scotland
20 Jan 2009 2:03PM
nice effort, i love these places
ghibby 15 101 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 2:06PM
Thanks for the comments guys! I do agree a lone figure would be the finishing touch to this!

Not sure about the photomatix approach though, I do it this way because I have total control over exactly where my exposures overlay, I feel it is too easy to over do the full on HDR processing.

colin beeley Plus
18 1.2k 10 England
20 Jan 2009 2:54PM
great image. just look at the work in that roof a skill that is long gone.
whipspeed 16 4.2k 22 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 3:26PM
Loads of detail and a wonderful building. I like the processing as it doesn't look too disney as alot of HDR shots tend to, it looks natural.
Richsr 14 91 223 England
20 Jan 2009 3:31PM
Like the details and light - tones in this - well captured and processed.
Regards Richard.
Buffalo_Tom Plus
14 2.3k 18 Wales
20 Jan 2009 5:08PM
Well taken and a good perspective.
20 Jan 2009 8:34PM
Great shot,
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
20 Jan 2009 8:43PM
Cracking shot love the composition & depth of the image
RogBrown 14 3.1k 10 England
20 Jan 2009 11:47PM
Excellent angle. Think I would have gone down the HDR route but your method seems to have achieved the result. A ghostly monk needed I think. Smile
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
21 Jan 2009 2:21AM
What an astonishing image-- perfectly done as usual!
What an inspiration!


thanks for looking in this morning-- been a busy day in the USA-
dwarf 13 52 United Kingdom
4 Feb 2009 8:56AM
9 Feb 2009 11:19PM
Brewster 15 4 Scotland
28 Jul 2009 7:02PM
A mesmerising shot ! Your exposure control in the post processing is superb. I've been using this lens on a full frame 5D mk1 for a while now and it is indeed very wide. Smile


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