Locked Door, Seaholm Power Plant

Posting a couple HDRs from the recent HDR Mafia photo shoot at Seaholm Power Plant.  This door was at the top of a stairwell where I had hoped to gain access to the crane in the main turbine room.  The crane door was locked as was this door which would have provided roof access.  Fortunately we had access to the roof via other means but we never did get access to the crane.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeltuuk/5620133772/

Locked Door, Color, Seaholm Power Plant 14mm, f/22, ???s, ISO 100

Both images were tonemapped in Photomatix (6-7 exposures…don’t remember) then processed mostly via curves in Photoshop.  I probably could have used only two exposures and gotten all the image information but I didn’t bother playing with that.  The black and white version was simply a matter of adding a B+W adjustment layer to the image and tweaking the red and yellow adjustment.  The color image used a series of masked curves, some of which were only applied to the red and/or blue channels.  The lighting was actually relatively flat in the original exposures and I used curves to bring out the shadows more.  The starburst in the keyhole was obtained by using an aperture of f/22.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeltuuk/5620126644/in/photostream

Locked Door, B+W, Seaholm Power Plant 14mm, f/22, ???s, ISO 100

I’m not sure whether I like the color or B+W version better.

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8 responses

  1. Both are great, but I would prefer the color photo without the blue on the lock.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    • I agree. Another masked adjustment layer to turn it black or even a curves layer to transform it to some other color would be a quick and easy improvement.

      April 14, 2011 at 4:10 pm

  2. Sweet shot my friend! Wish I could have made that shoot, but sometimes I just can’t get away. Love all y’alls shots from that day, wonderful work! Jim

    April 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm

  3. I prefer the first one, very nice tones and composition.

    April 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm

  4. Alistair McNaughton

    Really nice shot – love the starburst through the keyhole! Particularlarly the B&W

    April 14, 2011 at 9:42 pm

  5. Nice grundgy feel, I like the first one myself, that small flare is killer

    April 15, 2011 at 10:39 am

  6. Thanks, all!

    April 18, 2011 at 8:05 pm

  7. Pingback: Shattered Reflections…and Curves Adjustment Layers « Michael Tuuk Photography

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