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The Music Room

The Music Room
Copyright ©2012, Mike Bywater
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the music room at Shibden Hall, a preserved Tudor house. I freely admit to some serious processing in this image which was a 1/5 sec exposure (thank you IS).

Photographer: Mike Bywater
Folder: Mike Bywater's Pics
Uploaded: 26-Jun-2012 14:04 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E-520
Exposure time: 1/5 sec
Aperture: 3.5
Focal length: 14mm (24eq)
Lens: 14-42 kit lens
Focusing method:
ISO: 400
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format:
Processing applied: This was a single image processed through Luminance HDR software followed by noise-reduction then with a slight Orton Effect added plus unsharp mask.
Various: This was a hand-held 1/5 sec exposure in quite a dark room. I was squatting on the floor with my back jammed against the door frame to minimise movement. I was amazed how sharp this turned out (thanks to IS !)
Image resized to: 803x1024

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I really like this image. You have captured the warm colors of the wood and enhanced the period feel. the remaining noise is not a distraction but an indication to the viewer of the low light ambiance.
Mark Stodter

Mark Stodter at 15:52 CEST on 28-Jun-2012 [Reply]


Thanks Mark. Maybe I will post a less processed image for comparison.

Mike Bywater at 00:08 CEST on 29-Jun-2012 [Reply]

Nice photo, but...

One of the final steps in processing an HDR shot such as this one should be noise reduction. A little noise is fine, but here is it terribly distracting.

Mark Lester at 18:04 CEST on 19-Oct-2012 [Reply]


OK Mark, I take your point. In my defence I will say that this was in my early days experimenting with HDR (did my first one a few weeks earlier!). Following your comment I have done several versions with noise-reduction in Noiseware and although it does produce a smoother picture, it also loses some wood-grain detail so I guess it's all a compromise!
Thanks for the comment, anyway - it's good to get feedback and all helps to improve our technique.

Mike Bywater at 23:46 CEST on 25-Oct-2012 [Reply]