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Old St Pauls - Wellington Church

 
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May 18, 2013 23:20 |  #1

9 Exposures, all 1 stop apart.

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I spent hours with both photoshop, photomatix, and DPP(with varied combinations of what 3 shots to use), none of which could give me an effect I liked. So I then got the smallest possible effect I could in photomatix, imported to CS3, then used layers to bring out what I wanted.

A huge amount of effort, but it looks, well ok in my eyes. I don't do HDR too often! CC welcomed, and advice on how to do HDR is even more welcome!



  
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May 20, 2013 07:01 |  #2

Lovely photo, you did well.

9 exposures was probably too much. You may have gotten away with 3 or 5.

Aside from that, well done, I like it.




  
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May 20, 2013 10:38 |  #3

Nice HDR work, but it appears ever so slightly tilted to the clockwise.


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May 20, 2013 10:39 |  #4

Wicked sweet indeed!




  
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May 20, 2013 11:14 |  #5

Out of curiosity, are the areas up high, in the roof structure, really that well-lit? It appears that the tonal range compression has really flattened overall global contrast and lightened those areas too much.

Maybe blend one of the original images back into the one posted above to re-establish some of that global contrast. You could use darken blend mode if the exposure you choose has areas that are overexposed - this way the blend will not start blowing out the windows, etc.

Also - when you spend hours working on an image it's a good idea to step away from it and take a break for a while!

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May 21, 2013 04:42 |  #6

kirkt wrote in post #15949711 (external link)
Out of curiosity, are the areas up high, in the roof structure, really that well-lit? It appears that the tonal range compression has really flattened overall global contrast and lightened those areas too much.

Maybe blend one of the original images back into the one posted above to re-establish some of that global contrast. You could use darken blend mode if the exposure you choose has areas that are overexposed - this way the blend will not start blowing out the windows, etc.

Also - when you spend hours working on an image it's a good idea to step away from it and take a break for a while!

kirk

Thanks for the advice, I've used what I deem the "Majority of church exposed right" image, then done a darken blend, then altered the opacity to suit (and a 0.1 degree CCW rotation), looks much better (IMHO).

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I generally don't spend this long on a single image, but since I don't really use photomatix, I don't really know what any slider does etc it was just mucking about. Normally I dont have such a wide dynamic range and just selectively bring out parts from layers.

I've gone through and looked at the exposures in LR, I could have probably gotten away with 7 stops apart, but it was sunny outside, and dark inside!



  
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May 23, 2013 00:18 |  #7

Sometimes the presets in PM will give me an idea.
But getting a simple result in PM and taking it up a few notches in LR and PS is sop for me.
+1 on Kirk's suggestion to step away when the experimentation stretches too long.
But long work is a great way to learn.
Some day you'll have your method down.


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Jun 25, 2013 23:06 as a reply to  @ tmcman's post |  #8

I don't know anything about the technical aspects of HDR, but I enjoy the results. I especially like this - more so as I haven't been there for many years :-)

Do you have any more Wellington (or NZ ) shots?


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Jun 26, 2013 14:01 |  #9

The blues need knocking back a bit, but great shot overall


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