I have to include one of these shots. I have photographed quite a few of the great European Cathedrals. As an interior photographer I love these awesome buildings.
I photograph buildings like this in my holidays for pleasure.
Firstly I want to talk about the image processing in Adobe Lightroom. And I know this is going to be great in black and white.
This is a three shot bracketed HDR image. I have merged together the bracketed images (2 stop over and 2 stop under) in Lightroom using the Merge to HDR feature.
I want this image to show the scale, textures, colours and feel of this magnificent space.
This image has been processed in Adobe Lightroom only.
White balance was a tricky one. This is why an accurate monitor, correctly balanced, is important. I went with the Fluorescent white balance preset- it just looked the best - then moved the temperature slider a bit to the right. Do I care about the numbers here? No. Just how the image looks.
Other settings as follows in the “Basic Panel” of Lightroom.
- Exposure -0.48
- Contrast +45
- Highlights -79
- Shadows +70
- Whites +1
- Blacks +16
- Clarity +93
- Vibrancy +38
- Saturation +0
Apart from this I corrected the verticals, well I centered the image correctly, and there was no more to do. Do I want to correct these verticals? Of course not. When I am stood in Bordeaux Cathedral and look up this is what I see. So the view is pretty much the view.
Sharpening is done as an import preset. Again I know what works for me and my images so I don't worry about this either.
I did do 2 local adjustments to this image.
The adjustments above ar called global adjustments, which are applied to the whole of the image.
Local adjustments are to specie parts of an image.
Firstly, I selected the shadows in the arches at low level, and brought out the content in these areas using the dodge brush. If you select the dodge brush it gives you a preset of +0.3. You can change this and add anything else you want to make your own custom adjustment. Mine was as follows
- Exposure +.48
- Highlights +45
- Shadows +50
The other local adjustment was to the ceiling, which I wanted to lighten And make more vivid.
- Exposure +.25
- Shadows +26
- Clarity +55.
Finally I added a vignette to the image.
And that is the processing done.
A quick word on image capture.
Well it's easy if that is what is in front of you. Just point your camera and press the shutter. Just kidding.
This is a bracketed shot. I was not able to capture all the highlights in the windows, and all the detail and texture in the shadows, in a single image. My Canon 6D is not capable of that. Neither is any other camera yet.
Using the auto-bracket feature on my Canon 6D I took three images at the same time.
The first exposure was taken at 1/80th second, F8, ISO1000. I had to shoot handheld hence the high ISO but no noise which is great. The next two shots were two stop under (1/320th of a second) and two stop over (1/20th second) exposed shots, both taken at F8 in AV Mode on my Canon 6D. The two stop under and two stop over exposed shots were the ones used to create this image.
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Friday 2nd September 2016