Have you ever…

…had one of those times where you are reviewing images and you say…. I don’t remember taking that?

Well, I literally just had that moment.

I was downloading images from this past weekend. Reviewing to see which ones called out for processing. I came across the featured image and thought, wow, I don’t remember taking that. I do remember being so engrossed by the stained-glass reflections on the walls that I was shooting in a haze, but truly, I have no memory of looking up and shooting this scene.

Since I was alone in this area of the National Cathedral, it had to be me using my camera, but again, no recollection.

So roll forward to last night. Scanning through my images, I see this one… great arches and cool light. So I think… well, let’s see where it takes me…. and here is the result. Quality of an image is totally subjective, so others may not like this image… but I do. This image is captures exactly what I was seeing throughout the Cathedral. Textured walls, beautiful reflection of color on that walls, enormously high ceilings. The cathedral is just an amazing work of art.

I created this image by blending 3 bracketed images shot with the Fuji X-E 2, 8mm Rokinon Fisheye lens, and then combined in HDR Pro in Photoshop. I then processed my 32-bit file in Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). After converting the image back to 16-bit (which merges the image), I liked most of what resulted in the tone mapping menu. I brought down the exposure a bit and then hit ok. Next I added contrast. That was it.

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Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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One Comment

  1. Paul Wormeli March 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    This image is totally incredible. I have never seen the cathedral in such beautiful light.

    Paul wormeli