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The Music Room (2)

The Music Room (2)
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the music room at Shibden Hall, a preserved Tudor house. This is a version with minimal processing for comparison with the HDR/Orton image previously posted.

Photographer: Mike Bywater
Folder: Mike Bywater's Pics
Uploaded: 29-Jun-2012 00:25 CEST
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Camera: Olympus E-520
Exposure time: 1/5 s
Aperture: F3.5
Focal length: 14 mm
Lens: 14-42 kit lens
Focusing method:
ISO: 400
White balance: Auto
Flash: no
Image format:
Processing applied: slight highlight/shadow tool and selective de-saturation of the red seat, slight colour intensification, 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: 799x1024

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As usual, I prefer the less-processed one. But what would you expect from a guy who always used to shoot kodachrome!
Thanks for posting the comparison, and for the description of how you got the shot.

Jim Padget at 13:14 CEST on 01-Jul-2012 [Reply]


Yes, like this one best, too. Great shot! Well done, indeed!

Bruce Thomas at 02:07 CEST on 02-Jul-2012 [Reply]


Thanks for your comments Jim and Bruce. I think I will have to get back to basics and brush up on my technique! There is a place for HDR and other processes (I think!) but one does have to start by taking a decent photograph in the first place.

Mike Bywater at 01:27 CEST on 03-Jul-2012 [Reply]


I like this better than the more processed, though this looks less sharp. I like the room, it feels calming. Maybe you could have turned down the highlights. The only thing that really bothers me is the foreground chair. It distracts from the instrument, especially being red.

Donald Jones at 23:12 CEST on 05-Jul-2012 [Reply]


Thanks Donald. In fact the highlights have already been toned down via Elements shadow/highlight tool. I think any further work on that would have looked unnatural. Yes, the HDR tone-mapping in the previous version seems to enhance apparent sharpness which this lacks to an extent, however it WAS 1/fifth sec exposure hand-held! I really couldn't do anything about the chair (I have de-saturated it already). I couldn't move the exhibits and had only one viewpoint I could use where I could brace myself against the door-frame. I'm not keen on flash in this situation, I think it ruins the ambience!

Mike Bywater at 00:37 CEST on 06-Jul-2012 [Reply]

very nice ambient

Very good shot showing an ambient dominated by the wood color and textures.
That is the kind of photographs I like to shot to use them as a background to situate after all people or single person photographed at studio. Dificult to combine different white balances and light directions but very good exercise I think.
Returning to your picture, congratulations!

salvador atance at 10:23 CEST on 06-Jul-2012 [Reply]