Religious Artifacts in The Met

Welcome back! A quick post today after having just wrapped up a special project and doing a couple of camera club presentations.  Needless to say, the past week or so has been super busy but let's dive right in.

My last stop was at the Carroll Camera Club in Westminster Maryland where I presented "An Introduction to HDR" and shared my workflow using Nik's HDR Efex Pro 2. I really enjoyed the visit there and thank Allen Arnold and Earl Deickman (President and Vice-President, respectively) for their invite and hospitality.

We really got into the nuts and bolts of the HDR process and there was lots of discussion and interaction with the club members, who enjoyed the presentation. I processed a couple of sets of brackets and just wanted to quickly show the before and after images from the second set.

Religious Artifacts Photograph - Before HDR Efex Pro 2
Religious Artifacts Photograph - Before HDR Efex Pro 2

This room full of religious artifacts within the Metropolitan Museum of Art

in New York City was dimly lit when I visited, making photography quite challenging. With centuries old works of art and plexiglass cases, the last thing you want to do is use a flash. The answer, bracketing to capture the full dynamic range of the scene.

Religious Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Religious Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

After processing a 3-shot bracket (-2, 0, +2) in HDR Efex Pro 2 with it's many adjustment features and control points, this is the resulting image.

From out of the darkness, we can now see clearly into the adjoining rooms of this scene, as well as detail not available initially.

Note: The light rectangular spot behind the Chandelier is a reflective spot from the top of the plexiglass case. Since this image is for demonstrative purposes only, I did not invest the additional time to remove that reflection. 

Thanks for visiting!

I am behind on site visits but will be dropping in to see your fine works in the days ahead. :-)

4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM
4-4-2011 8-19-18 PM