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Pic of the Week - Page 202

St. Sylvain at Bonnat

Location : It is the church of St. Sylvain at Bonnat, interesting externally as a fortified church, but as you can see it is also very elaborately decorated internally.

I captured this image using a tripod-mounted Canon 5DmkIII camera and a Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L lens. I used Live View focusing at 10x on the Crucifix. Shift was used to keep the Stained glass window vertical and tilt was not needed. The camera was set to manual exposure mode, f/16, ISO 160 and daylight white balance. I then captured a series of 13 exposures from 30 seconds all the way to 1/125th of a second with a one stop increment. The RAW processing, creating and saving of the HDRI file was all done in Photoshop CC. This HDRI TIFF was then opened and tone mapped in Photomatix Pro 5. The final adjustments were then done back in Photoshop. As a last step I used Nik Color Efex Pro 4 plug-in with the bleach bypass and vignette to polish it off!

I have been asked many times why I first build the HDR image in Photoshop and then Tone Map it in Photomatix Pro, since it seems the logical thing is to do it all in one program. I appreciate the image quality you can get from the full control of Adobe Camera Raw. You should always take a lot of care to set the white balance controls, the lens correction and the noise reduction to the optimum for the HDR image set. You can then simply save all the images as TIFF files for processing in Photomatix Pro, but since the Remove Ghosts option in Photoshop is so good I find it better to build the HDRI directly in Photoshop CC. Turning off Align Images when building the HDR image in Photoshop is the best bet. It doesn’t appear quite pixel-accurate, because it will slightly blur my tripod shot images. You can now save the HDRI as a 32 bit TIFF file in Photoshop CC for export to Photomatix Pro 5. I personally love the look you can get with Photomatix’s Tone Mapping. There are lots of adjustments to play with, allowing you to get just the look required for the subject. The Bottom Line is that Photoshop offers a much better raw converter – and it’s also really great at removing ghosting when required. However Photomatix offers a very specific look with its tone mapping adjustments that I find very attractive. I really do enjoy using the best of both worlds.

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