LightningPaul

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photoblog image Dome of Cathedral in Boulogne-sur-Mer

Dome of Cathedral in Boulogne-sur-Mer


Boulogne-sur-Mer, in North of France at the sea, has in the old town a nice cathedral with a beautiful dome. I didn't stay long over there, just enough to make a couple of pictures.


TECH-INFO: I once took images of a beautiful dome (see here) but now I was lucky to have my fish eye lens with me. This was really necessary to capture most of the place. Because of the huge contrast I sat on one of chairs and took seven shots. I pushed my ISO to 500, which still produces acceptable results on my Nikon D200. The longest exposure was 1/3s, therefore a chair and breath holding did the trick of capturing pretty sharp images. A tripod would have been much better but I didn't had one with me. Even if I did, the security would have forbidden me anyway.

During post-processing I used DxO Optics Pro for lens corrections (like softness, CA) and to remove most of the noise due to the high(er) ISO. To merge the shots into HDR I used Photoshop, which does a superb job of aligning the pictures very well. I tone mapped it in Photomatrix Pro and further enhanced it in Photoshop. Using masked adjustment layers of the curves, selective color, brightness/contrast and vibrancy tools, I made the contrast looking like a single capture and I brightened some appealing subjects like the wall paintings.
Finally I cropped it into 30/19 format (= very close to 3/2) to get rid of the upper part behind the curtains.

Dome of Cathedral in Boulogne-sur-Mer


Boulogne-sur-Mer, in North of France at the sea, has in the old town a nice cathedral with a beautiful dome. I didn't stay long over there, just enough to make a couple of pictures.


TECH-INFO: I once took images of a beautiful dome (see here) but now I was lucky to have my fish eye lens with me. This was really necessary to capture most of the place. Because of the huge contrast I sat on one of chairs and took seven shots. I pushed my ISO to 500, which still produces acceptable results on my Nikon D200. The longest exposure was 1/3s, therefore a chair and breath holding did the trick of capturing pretty sharp images. A tripod would have been much better but I didn't had one with me. Even if I did, the security would have forbidden me anyway.

During post-processing I used DxO Optics Pro for lens corrections (like softness, CA) and to remove most of the noise due to the high(er) ISO. To merge the shots into HDR I used Photoshop, which does a superb job of aligning the pictures very well. I tone mapped it in Photomatrix Pro and further enhanced it in Photoshop. Using masked adjustment layers of the curves, selective color, brightness/contrast and vibrancy tools, I made the contrast looking like a single capture and I brightened some appealing subjects like the wall paintings.
Finally I cropped it into 30/19 format (= very close to 3/2) to get rid of the upper part behind the curtains.

comments (15)

Superb Paul
LightningPaul: Cheers Bill smile
excellent stuff.
love the tones and effect of the HDR on this one
Cheers
Rob
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Aug 2009, 08:55
You have positioned this just right Paul: you are a master!
This is an excellent shot Paul, you done a lot of work both before and after to get this great image, well done.
stunning Paulsmile
very good on symmetry
Looks gorgeous.I wonder how much time takes the post processing for you. This one how much time took you to get to this final result?
LightningPaul: Thanks! In general for my posted images I work on them between 5 minutes and more than an hour. This one was around 45 minutes. Part of it (around 10 minutes) is waiting for DxO correction calculations, automatic aligning and HDR merging in Photoshop, and tone mapping execution in Photomatrix Pro.
The fun part is tone mapping and further enhancing in Photoshop, the rest became pure routine.
It helps a lot to know where you want to go, using a Wacom pen tablet and having lots of RAM in your PC. The previous post, the one of the three dogs, took me almost 15 minutes. Sometimes this may seem a long time but for me it's pure fun and relax.
  • Doum
  • Canada
  • 24 Aug 2009, 11:49
Indeed you present perfection. At the first fast look, I cannot guess that you used a fisheye lens. I think you reached superior level of camera/software control! I just say MORE!
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Aug 2009, 12:31
I live the perspective in this very much. Good work with the editing, too. Wel ldone on handholding the camera; a fine result.
  • frisky
  • United States
  • 24 Aug 2009, 13:48
the clarity in this shot is insane!
LOVELY
I'm not really into this ornate architecture, but I Likey this!
Fantastic image! So many details captured. I bet you can print it out large, hang on the wall in some building hall and people will stand for some time studying every detail. Tops. One thing to possible add: a bit more contrast?
  • Fabrice
  • France
  • 26 Aug 2009, 17:45
Wonderfull shot, Paul. Great result.
This one is really impressive. Again a very good HDR job.

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camera NIKON D200
exposure mode full manual
shutterspeed 1/25s
aperture f/5.6
sensitivity ISO500
focal length 10.0mm
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