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I went with my school to Washington D.C. a few weeks ago for the March for Life. On the way there, we stopped for a tour of St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, MD. To put it simply, its absolutely beautiful. Its the oldest Catholic Seminary in the United States and it is quite the place to see....amazing!

I snapped this picture very quickly of their main chapel with my D7000 and 24-70 2.8. (I purposely put myself at the back of the tour group so I could snap pictures after everyone cleared the rooms.)

Anyways, I'd appreciate a general critique. It is HDR, and I'm not too experienced with HDR, but let me know what you think please.

Thanks!
Nick


St. Mary's Seminary Chapel by NCamardo, on Flickr



Feb 11, 2012 at 04:25 PM
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Forgot the important stuff!

Exif data
Camera Nikon D7000
Exposure 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture f/2.8
Focal Length 24 mm
ISO Speed 2500



Feb 11, 2012 at 06:20 PM
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Looks really good to my eye, Nick. In what way is it HDR? Multiple processings of a single raw file with different amounts of exposure adjustment? (You've only listed exposure values for one exposure...)


Feb 11, 2012 at 07:56 PM
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Thank you very much! Yes it is. Took one raw shot and made 5 copies of it in photoshop (-4, -2, 0, +2 and +4 exposure)

1/30th is the original RAW file.

I appreciate the compliment



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Keep at it Nick you have done a great job on this, you have kept the tones in this well, not over brightened like a lot of HDR shots.

Cheers Ray



Feb 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
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NCam wrote:
... Took one raw shot and made 5 copies of it in photoshop (-4, -2, 0, +2 and +4 exposure)...


Ah - just so. Did you combine them with Photoshop's "Merge to HDR Pro"? I've tried that, and found that Photomatix did a MUCH better job of blending exposures (in my limited trial scenarios). I haven't frolicked with tone mapping, just simple exposure blending; I like it.



Feb 11, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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Nice job Nick. Keep up the good work!

John



Feb 12, 2012 at 03:37 AM
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Ernie - I used Photomatix. Unfortunately, all I can afford at this point is Photoshop Elements so I don't even both blending exposures. As far as the Photomatix processing goes, I just play around with it until it looks natural yet dramatic enough for me. I'll be the first to admit, I don't know much about tone mapping and what not, but I like to pretend I do haha!

Jred -- Thanks so much mate! I appreciate the feedback and encouragement.



Feb 12, 2012 at 03:41 AM





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