January 11, 2011

The Exit


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This is also the entryway to the Pacific Mill Machine Shop. I was setting up another shot, which I abandoned once I noticed the iron door stop on the floor. At least I think that’s what it is.

I was shooting with the 24mm PC-E lens, so I was able to capture the doorway. almost floor to ceiling by doing a three position vertical panorama.

There was such a dramatic shift in the light from the top to the bottom of the scene, I was not confident at all that this was going to be a usable shot. I set a median exposure for all three sets of brackets and hoped for the best.

After running the images through Photomatix, I made slight curve adjustments to each to be sure they played well together, then stitched them in Photoshop.

I did a couple of final adjustments in on-One’s Phototools.

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  1. Great job on the diffuclt transition to the dark areas. You are the best in the business at adding the darkness back into HDR.

  2. Great job processing this one, Bob! You should write something up on how you go about stitching the images together and how the whole process works. I would love the learn that anyways!

  3. I agree, I’d love to know how you get it to look like this. Beautiful shot!

  4. What grabs me about this shot is the arch at the top of the window. This was a machine shop, and they still bothered to put in something a bit more interesting than a plain old square. Fascinating.
    Nice shot, too. As usual.

  5. You’ve done a great job of matching these – I ceretainly cant tell that its a three shot.
    The mono works well and you’ve really balanced the light and dark.