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  #172 Arches
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Archbishop's workplace       ©2016 A.N.Other
Panasonic DMC-TZ30       2nd place, 188 points
1/8s, f5.59, ISO 100, ?, ?, ?, ?
 
Post-Processing: As my camera couldn't capture as much of this scene in one go as I wanted, I mounted it onto a tripod and split the scene into 6 separate zones (Top left, middle and right also bottom left, middle and right). As I knew my camera didn't have the exposure latitude to capture detail from the darkest and lightest parts of the scene at the same time I took 6 photos bracketed at 1 stop intervals (above and below the 'correct' exposure) to give me a good chance of capturing everything I needed.

At home I reviewed the photos and chose the three exposures from each set of 6 that I needed to give me a full brightness range. I then took the base (most correct) exposure and using a layer mask, added the correct exposure to the burnt out areas (windows mainly). I then saved this photo and opened it up with the lightest of the three exposures into software that enabled me to tone map them. It also lightened the areas of the photo that were too dark. I chose a basic setting as I wanted to keep a realistic feel and saved the resultant photo.

I then went through the same process for the other 5 zones of the scene until all 6 zones were lightly tone mapped and saved. I then used stitching software to knit the 6 tone mapped zones together to form a single photo. Unfortunately this photo was a very strange shape, so I had to use my usual post processing software's 'distort' tool to pull at the photo until the cathedral looked a much more natural shape and true to life.

All that was left to do then was to crop the photo how it looked best, clone out a few distracting details, a little burn and dodging, sharpen and re-size.
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mrsawyer
Jun 8, 2016
    Congrats Neil. Glad your computer is up and running again!

A.N.Other
Jun 1, 2016
    Thank you all for the warm congrats :-).

Mepo - It was great dancing with you too. Both your entries were my No.1

Mepo
May 31, 2016
    Congrats Neil. I usually prefer to dance the old one, two step with a lady but I'm happy to do it with you for this challenge. :-)

ysal
May 31, 2016
    Congrats, very well done!

Lo
May 31, 2016
    Congratulations Neil - superbly done.

RobertLavker
May 31, 2016
    As I said before, well worth all the effort. Congrats on #2.

forkcandles
May 31, 2016
    Awesome result especially for the work done

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mrsawyer
May 31, 2016
    This was my number one choice. Then after reading your post-processing info, it still is!!! I admire your commitment to excellence. This is stunning!

elliott
May 31, 2016
    a lot of work and it paid off. nice going.

A.N.Other
May 31, 2016
    Thank you all for the wonderful comments :-)
Edited on May 31, 2016

jomari
May 31, 2016
    Very striking architecture. You have done a great job of putting this together and processing it. In my top two.

Laza45
May 30, 2016
    Stunning!.. many thanks for the detailed description on how you have achieved this wonderful work of art..

Old Finn
May 29, 2016
    Beautiful picture. Big work well succeeded. My first choice.

A.N.Other
May 29, 2016
    Thank you very mcuh for the great comments :-) .

SteveBee - I guess looking through and around the arch is what they planned the worshipers to do, since they built it slap bang in the middle of the cathedral between the pews and the sanctuary ;-) .
Edited on May 30, 2016

babysister
May 29, 2016
    You did a lot of work and perseverance to get this photo. I am in admiration of your effort and like the photo but it seems to be just a bit too much in the frame.

SteveBee
May 28, 2016
    A truly impressive effort in compositing. Technically superb. I'm a little conflicted about the composition. I think there are essentially two subjects and they compete. The arch and figure in the foreground is an interesting subject in itself and the cathedral behind it is a magnificent subject as well. The foreground subject keeps me from fully appreciating the cathedral and the figure on the foreground arch is too high in the frame if it is the main subject. I find myself trying to look through and around the foreground arch to see the cathedral. Just my opinion. Still an amazing image.

Lo
May 28, 2016
    Absolutely amazing. I feel like I'm heading under the arch and I have to crane my neck to see the ceiling. Your hard work really shows.

hifi
May 28, 2016
    All your work paid off! This is stunning!

A.N.Other
May 28, 2016
    Thank yo so much for the positive comments.

Mepo - I was really pleased with the way the photo worked out. Better that I could have hoped in the end. I see what you mean about 'easy on the eye'. That's a beautifull way of putting it.
Edited on May 30, 2016

Mepo
May 28, 2016
    Love this. What I like most is your composition with the apex of the foreground arch just touching the background apex. That is very easy on the eye and draws me in imperceptibly. Nice job!

RobertLavker
May 28, 2016
    Well worth all the photographic gymnastics. Beautiful rendition of the theme. High in my favs

A.N.Other
May 28, 2016
    Thank you very much all for the great comments.

Jade O - I hope you are right but I feel that other cathedral will have something to say about it ;-) . Answers to your questions - Stitiching program was the free Microsoft Image Composite Editor (ICE), Tone mapping was Photomatix Essentials and the tripod I used was my old faithful Slik 88 Black Diamond. I have owned this tripod for decades but unfortunately it doesn't rotate via the nodal point. I guess as my little cameras lens doesn't project much at the wide angle, the nodal point wasn't too much of an issue. There were a few errors in the stitching but these were made less obvious with a little cloning.
Edited on May 30, 2016

Jade O.
May 27, 2016
    Clearly the winning entry. Fantastic!
I am certain you have many accolades in the comments and probably many questions; mine are.....what stitching program, what tone mapping software, what kind of tripod set up to hold the nodal point?

forkcandles
May 27, 2016
    this scores heavily in the technical work carried out and the PP notes
I know the location so understand the work done to achieve this picture

Elyod
May 27, 2016
    Very well made, it's hard to believe that it is more than one picture.

A.N.Other
May 27, 2016
    Thank you all for appreciating the amount of work this took. It was actually even more time consuming as when I'd tone mapped two of the zones, for some reason it discarded all the work I'd done at burning in the windows so I had to copy them over again.

This photo would have been sooo much easier if I owned a full frame DSLR with a really wide lens! Maybe I could have done it with a single RAW shot. It would be interesting to see what result such a setup could give.
Edited on May 30, 2016

ysal
May 27, 2016
    I'm not sure which is more impressive, the location or your ability get all these in one shot. I think all of your post processing really paid off. In my TT.

BarbroS
May 27, 2016
   
I'm impressed by the amount of work that lies behind this final, great creation of an image. Very very high on my list.

davemisunas
May 27, 2016
    Very nice first impression and definitely on theme. As impressive as the photo is your PP work... well done.. in TT

A.N.Other
May 27, 2016
    Thank you so much for the wonderful comment. I'm delighted that you think my hard work was worth it. I just wish I could have shown a larger version as so much detail is lost shrinking from 7000+ pixels to just 1000!
Edited on May 27, 2016

Edward
May 26, 2016
    Masterful processing; beautifully rendered; wonderfully sharp and composed image. So detailed and interesting to view. I can get fabulously lost in looking at all the things to see. An amazing amount of work, but an amazing photo is the result. My #1 all the way.
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