One of my previous posts detailed my discovery of a small abandoned farm complex by the roadside. But I’ll be honest: I really, really wanted to see those buildings from the inside. So to stay legal, I surveyed the site from the road and found (to my joy) that it was on a nature preserve open to the public!
I made a beeline to the silo and was able to squeeze into the interior. I looked up. And I was awed by what I saw.
It soon became apparent to me that I needed to get an HDR sequence going so as to get more of the details to the viewer. Plus, the contrast of the sunlight outside lent the composition to a black and white treatment.
But when I ran the bracketed shots through Photomatix, I saw the bane of HDR artists: haloing! The tone mapping process can produce strange artifacts where objects seem to have some sort of glowing aura around them. It’s especially bad on tree branches; for some reason the algorithms seem to go a little crazy with all those thin twigs. Not good.
Fortunately I still had the original shots. By layering an original on top of the tone mapped image, I was able to erase the haloed areas, replacing them with clean imagery. The high contrast still remained, so the shot worked regardless.
By the way: whenever you enter a nature preserve, remember to check yourself for ticks when you get home. After taking this shot I came home with a few “passengers.” I suppose sometimes one must suffer for one’s art. 😀
Exposure Data: ISO 100, f/16, (.6″, 1/6, 2.5″)
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