In all its glory...
|Buckfast Abbey at sunset|
..and I think I got it.. ..what do you think?
In the digital darkroomI decided to take the shot through the HDR process to try to reproduce what I has seen with my eyes, so prepared a number of different exposures from the same RAW file. I used Dynamic Photo HDR to combine them all into one tone-mapped image and then it was into Photoshop for the editing.
I cloned out a small figure, waiting discreetly at the edge of the frame for me to take the photo; kind person :) I also removed a couple of distracting low pillar lights in the bottom left corner. They added nothing and, being so close to the frame edge, were just plain distracting — they had to go.
As a final step in this part of the process, I corrected / straightened the converging verticals a bit to give a more eye-pleasing end result.
I then applied my normal workflow, relying on a tad of contrast achieved with a 5% opacity curves layer set to the overlay blend mode, a slight adjustment to the levels and finishing off with a subtle vignette to keep the viewer's eye in the centre.
A final bit of sharpening with the unsharp mask finished off the image.
The joy of photographyI enjoyed the company I was with, the cream tea(!), making the capture and working with the image in the digital darkroom — I hope you take pleasure in the result as much as I derived in bringing it to you.
Season's Greetings to you :)
comments / critique / feedback / tweets / buzzes always welcome :)