LightningPaul

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Industrial Building


This is another look of an energy producing factory, shot near Oostende, Belgium. Almost two months ago I posted a view of the stairs of the same company, which are just around the corner behind the big pipe in front. These metal structures are pretty impressive. I hope to shoot one day on a chemical site where you have countless pipes and little machines.


TECH-INFO: to get the details of the clouds and the part under the big pipe I shot 5 images, each a stop difference. After lens corrections in DxO Optics Pro, I merged them into HDR file with Photoshop. The latter is extremely handy for automatically aligning them because I took all the pictures hand held. After all, a tripod was not allowed.
The HDR is tone mapped in Photomatix Pro, a program which is becoming the standard for HDR processing. The result is enhanced in Photoshop, because the contrast is mostly too low. I applied the B/W tool (of CS3) with the settings for making the blues and cyans darker. Remarkably, the sliders of the tool had no effect on the building or pipes because they were fully gray. I didn't make it fully B/W, some blue is left in the sky but now it looks more dramatic. The walls of the factory where brightened using layers in screen blending mode.

Industrial Building


This is another look of an energy producing factory, shot near Oostende, Belgium. Almost two months ago I posted a view of the stairs of the same company, which are just around the corner behind the big pipe in front. These metal structures are pretty impressive. I hope to shoot one day on a chemical site where you have countless pipes and little machines.


TECH-INFO: to get the details of the clouds and the part under the big pipe I shot 5 images, each a stop difference. After lens corrections in DxO Optics Pro, I merged them into HDR file with Photoshop. The latter is extremely handy for automatically aligning them because I took all the pictures hand held. After all, a tripod was not allowed.
The HDR is tone mapped in Photomatix Pro, a program which is becoming the standard for HDR processing. The result is enhanced in Photoshop, because the contrast is mostly too low. I applied the B/W tool (of CS3) with the settings for making the blues and cyans darker. Remarkably, the sliders of the tool had no effect on the building or pipes because they were fully gray. I didn't make it fully B/W, some blue is left in the sky but now it looks more dramatic. The walls of the factory where brightened using layers in screen blending mode.

comments (8)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:22
Such sharpness and clarity, one of your best Paul. Love the effect the 12mm lens creates
LightningPaul: Many thanks Zed smile
About sharpness, I have mostly f/5.6 and f/8 because of good sharpness and more fast shutter speeds, but a few times my DOF was too low. So now I switch a lot to f/11 whenever possible which yields also a high sharpness but a also a higher DOF.
About the 12mm: I see you are also becoming an ultra wide angle lens fan smile
love the POV, good one
LightningPaul: Many thanks, I'm also very happy with the POV.
Terrific shot, Paul - and interesting notes on the processing.
LightningPaul: Many thanks, I'm glad you like the tech-info.
  • Travis
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2010, 21:11
Shots like these are very persuasive when it comes to me wanting an ultra-wide.
LightningPaul: smile Telephoto lenses are nice and with a limited DOF you can get pretty easily a nice image of one detail in focus. On the other hand, ultra wide angle lenses open literally a whole new world. Composition can be harder but the view and depth are so much more amazing.
Canon has an excellent 10-22mm lens. If you go wide and very close, you'll end up with some great pictures.
Great shot!
Very good tones!
LightningPaul: Thanks a lot smile
  • Iain M
  • Canada
  • 16 Jan 2010, 17:29
Great phto and very good job using the ultra wide angle here. I've got a UWA shot posted today as well over at http://sparklite.shutterchance.com/photoblog/The_Galleria_/

I really like the colours in this shot too.
LightningPaul: Thanks for the link smile
I'm an ultra wide angle fan, so you'll find many of my images are shot with such lenses.
  • faisal
  • United States
  • 18 Jan 2010, 15:17
nice view. so sharp and clean this shot.
  • Dustin
  • United States
  • 27 Jan 2010, 03:43
Oh wow this one's awesome. Great verticals. Steely cool tones make it fittingly sterile.

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camera NIKON D300
exposure mode aperture priority
shutterspeed 1/400s
aperture f/11.0
sensitivity ISO320
focal length 12.0mm
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