kirkt wrote in post #15949711
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!
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).
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!