religious artifacts

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. :-)

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

Religious Art Exhibit

Religious Art Exhibit at The Met - 1
Religious Art Exhibit at The Met - 1

In today's post we head back to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC where there is a huge exhibit of religious art.  As one might imagine, many of the items on display date back centuries. There are hundreds and hundreds of artifacts and works of art on display in this very large exhibit, but today I simply want to provide a couple of images of the entrance to this section of the museum.

This is the view as you enter the exhibit area. The majority of these precious items are in sealed cases. Great for protecting them but not so great for photography. Occasionally you can find a situation where the lighting is nice and there are no reflections and other unwanted elements to deal with.

Religious Art Exhibit at The Met
Religious Art Exhibit at The Met

Above you can see doorways leading down other corridors. There are so many rooms and corridors in this section that you could spend the entire day viewing this one exhibit alone.

Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you have a great day 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