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photoblog image Train Station Luik-Guillemins #5

Train Station Luik-Guillemins #5

 

Taken in the halls of the train station in Liege, Belgium.

 

 

TECH-INFO: here I used a tripod to take seven images with each a stop difference. Luckily we obtained permission in advance. Normally it's forbidden to shoot train station. Mostly they won't mind if you take a little snapshot with your mobile phone but a tripod, a rather big camera with cable release and some extra lenses in my bag attracts security agenst extremely quickly. This time they pretended they didn't notice me even. That was cool!

 

The seven pictures were converted into TIFF format with DxO Optics Pro (I love that tool), merged into HDR with Photomatix 4 (and also tone-mapped) and finally further processed in Photoshop for extra contrast and color boosts.

Train Station Luik-Guillemins #5

 

Taken in the halls of the train station in Liege, Belgium.

 

 

TECH-INFO: here I used a tripod to take seven images with each a stop difference. Luckily we obtained permission in advance. Normally it's forbidden to shoot train station. Mostly they won't mind if you take a little snapshot with your mobile phone but a tripod, a rather big camera with cable release and some extra lenses in my bag attracts security agenst extremely quickly. This time they pretended they didn't notice me even. That was cool!

 

The seven pictures were converted into TIFF format with DxO Optics Pro (I love that tool), merged into HDR with Photomatix 4 (and also tone-mapped) and finally further processed in Photoshop for extra contrast and color boosts.

comments (7)

love the symmtry here
Great stairway and no one on it, how lucky.
Brilliant image, well worth all the effort. (:o)
That seems a lot of work for the nature of the image, Paul - was it all actually worthwhile, or did you have one shot that looked much the same? That's a 'scientific' enquiry smile
Beautifully processed, LP -while tonemapping the "correct" (middle) RAW exposure may have yielded similar results, your efforts are rewarded here. I rarely make less than three exposures of ANY landscape or architectural study anymore - and usually 5 or 7. I believe that photography is entering a fundamental change as profound as the introduction of color 100+ years ago, as we learn to capture the entire dynamic range of an image and convert that to the range of electronic displays and prints. Eventually, all displays will have 32 bit depth; I have no idea how we'll expand printing to 32 bit, other than how we now do it now. One small observation: try cropping off the skylights at the very top of your image - I think it strengthens the image. Nice work...
LightningPaul: Thanks for your comment. The middle exposure is similar except the stairs are blocked (100% dark) and the light coming from the right and the roof is over exposed. It also lacks detail.
I agree with the possible future evolution you describe. HDR is more and more used in commercial and professional areas, e.g. real estate (especially with those difficult interiors lit by lamps and sunlight).
  • Dustin
  • United States
  • 9 Jan 2011, 18:41
Even before 9/11 they'd hassle you about shooting in the subway in Washington, but they said it was because they were afraid you'd trip someone with the tripod. Uh huh.

I like this a lot. Very clean and structured. Nice patterns. It's kind of futuristic.
Beautiful symmetry, and fantastic exposure.

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