Pic of the Week - Page 184
Château de Sarzay
Location : This is one of the rooms in the Château de Sarzay which is located in the village of Sarzay in the province of Berry, the Indre Department of France. Château de Sarzay is one of the chateaus of the southern Loire Valley; it has a rectangular form, flanked by 25-meter cylindrical high towers. The château was protected by two outer walls, and 38 towers. In the first period there was also a moat with three drawbridges and a 4-acre pond. Fortress Sarzay was built in the mid-fourteenth century by Lord Matthew Barbançois.
I captured this image using a tripod-mounted Canon 5DmkIII camera and a Canon 8-15mm f/4 L lens set to 14mm. I used Live View focusing at 10x on this end of the table. The camera was set to manual exposure mode, f/11, ISO 100 and daylight white balance. I then captured a series of 13 exposures from 30 seconds all the way to 1/125th of a second in one stop increments. The RAW processing, creating and saving of the HDRI was all done in Photoshop CS6. The HDRI TIFF file was then opened and tone mapped in Photomatix Pro. The final adjustments were then done back in Photoshop.
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 CS6. 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 CS6 for export to Photomatix Pro. 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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