Ok here we go with image number 5. This is the finished image. The picture is of Barton Stacey School in Hampshire, which has recently undergone a major refurbishment, having a new roof and external walls and windows.
This is quite a technical image. I wanted this entire elevation captured in one single image, and obviously the shape does not lend itself to this. The only way I could do this was by taking five separate vertical panoramic images and then stitching them together in Lightroom. This is a great example of knowing what you want to achieve and shooting for that end result.
Firstly, I too 5 separate sets of bracketed images. Each set of three images was exposed as follows
- First image - correct exposure
- Second image - 2 stops under exposed
- Third image - 2 stops over exposed.
So that is 15 images. About 300MB file size!
Back in my office I did a trial Panoramic Merge in Lightroom of the five correct images. This worked fine, so next I produced 5 HDR Dng files from the five sets of bracketed images. I used only the under and over exposed images - adding the correctly exposed one would not add anything and just take more time so there is no point.
Next I merged my 5 HDR images into one Panorama. This took a while in Lightroom. But worked a treat. I cropped the image (this is before the new auto fill in the white bits feature which I have not tried yet), then did local and global adjustments to the singe panoramic image.
This was issued to the client as part of the image set. The client for this shoot is Kendall Kingscott, architects based in Ringwood.
The client issue image was included in my initial portfolio, but has had further tidying up done in Lightroom, getting rid of minor distractions using the clone tool, spot healing brush and content aware fill - my three favourite tools in Photoshop.
Tomoroow at 11 I will post the black and white version, and explain in great detail the black and white conversion process!
Rick McEvoy Photography
24th July 2016