LightningPaul

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photoblog image The old Hotel Palace

The old Hotel Palace


An image of one the rooms of the former hotel called "The Pallace", in Zeebrugge, Belgium. Now days it are just apartments, mostly for renting.
I was always very intrigued by the big yellow light. Because I never could have a close look I used to think it was a round ventilator with a light behind. One day I was so curious that I decided to take a picture with my telephoto zoom lens. This way I discovered that it was just an ordinary window with back light.

Almost a year ago I posted this image of the same building.


TECH-INFO: I used a tripod to take 5 JPG images. The pictures are shot just after sunset. I merged them (after lens corrections in DxO) into a HDR file and tone-mapped it. I had to do this for covering the rather big dynamic range of light and to amplify all details. In Photoshop I enhanced contrasts and made the white color of the window frames much lighter (it become too gray after tone-mapping, something that happens often) so it looks pretty much white now. For the cracks and extra details in the wall I blended a texture (downloaded from CG Textures) of concrete. I really love the result, it makes the building look much older, worse and even more dramatic. The texture is only applied to the wall, not to the window or white shutters below. At the end some vignetting is added.

The old Hotel Palace


An image of one the rooms of the former hotel called "The Pallace", in Zeebrugge, Belgium. Now days it are just apartments, mostly for renting.
I was always very intrigued by the big yellow light. Because I never could have a close look I used to think it was a round ventilator with a light behind. One day I was so curious that I decided to take a picture with my telephoto zoom lens. This way I discovered that it was just an ordinary window with back light.

Almost a year ago I posted this image of the same building.


TECH-INFO: I used a tripod to take 5 JPG images. The pictures are shot just after sunset. I merged them (after lens corrections in DxO) into a HDR file and tone-mapped it. I had to do this for covering the rather big dynamic range of light and to amplify all details. In Photoshop I enhanced contrasts and made the white color of the window frames much lighter (it become too gray after tone-mapping, something that happens often) so it looks pretty much white now. For the cracks and extra details in the wall I blended a texture (downloaded from CG Textures) of concrete. I really love the result, it makes the building look much older, worse and even more dramatic. The texture is only applied to the wall, not to the window or white shutters below. At the end some vignetting is added.

comments (7)

very nice Paul, great processing as normal
Great processing, Paul - you could never tell from this what a dreadful shape the building is in, as revealed by your earlier image.
looks like a beautiful old building. great light!
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 14 Feb 2010, 18:12
Superb job with the texture layer Paul
great overall tone
  • faisal
  • New York City
  • 15 Feb 2010, 16:45
nice softness in thsi shot.
Classic Lightning, Paul!

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camera NIKON D200
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 6s
aperture f/8.0
sensitivity ISO100
focal length 200.0mm
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