The Great Court

The Great Court 10mm, f4.5, 1/500s nominal

During my not-a-photo-trip to Paris and London this past spring I still managed some interesting (IMO) shots.  This image taken in the Great Court inside the British Museum has been one of my favorites from the standpoint of its composition and the contrast of the blues and greens against the drab-ish stone.  Again, that’s just my opinion of course.

I’ve had difficulty processing this image, however.  I really wanted to process as an HDR and the three original handheld exposures were extremely difficult to line up properly.  I’ve noted that when shooting wide angles a slight bit of movement and/or rotation between exposures makes a huge difference.  Because of this, Photomatix did a very poor job of alignment and this left a lot of ghosting in the image.  Of course, I had the ability to mix the tonemapped image with the original exposures but it was proving to be a lot of work to tweak pieces of each layer to line up with the section I wanted to mask it into.  It also took more work than usual to get the original exposures looking just right in order to match the main image.  I pushed the texture and HDR-ishness farther than I normally do…just because it seems to work here.

One mistake that I couldn’t overcome was the fact that the light coming through the glass roof was blown out in all the exposures.  I call that a “mistake” but I really wasn’t taking the time to think through all the shots because I was doing very well at keeping the trip about time with my wife, not about photography.  Heath O’Fee has a good post about mistakes like this by the way — they don’t always ruin the shot [Here’s the link:].

Well, there it is — one of *my* favorite images.

7 responses

  1. yycofee

    This is a fantastic shot, Michael! The composition is spot on and the way you brought out the texture is fantastic. To be honest, I kinda like the blown out roof here – I think it adds some great drama to the shot. Again, really well done!

    P.S. Thanks for the link and shout-out, I appreciate it!

    August 30, 2010 at 9:30 pm

  2. This one really grabbed me, Michael. The super wide and the angl of the shot really work with the subject. I also like the new site design with the bigger images.

    August 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm

  3. Thanks, Mark and Heath!

    August 30, 2010 at 10:24 pm

  4. Was this with the Canon 10-22mm?

    August 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    • This was with the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5. It’s got a great range but can be really soft in the corners.

      August 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm

  5. What a great dramatic angle! Wonderful texture.

    September 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm

  6. Okay.. yeah the Canon 10-22 isn’t that great but the wide angle I use is the Tokina 12-24 and it’s pretty sharp all around.

    September 2, 2010 at 9:33 am

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