I started off with a portfolio that included a range of architectural, interior and industrial photography images. Then I decided to niche down to architecture and interior images only.
Makes sense to me.
I then decided that I would include only commercial work. That would be UK work only.
Then I changed my mind.
I have posted and written about a couple of interior shots taken in France and Spain. Which made me think about the pictures of Italy I have.
I have taken photographs of many of the great cities in Italy, and have always liked this picture of Siena.
This was not in my February portfolio submission, but is in no Cathedral. I have lots of photos looking up at ceilings, but this shot is different, as it consists of a lovely domed ceiling with an rooflight giving some natural light to the scene, a contrast from the incredibly detailed ceiling.
This presents technical challenges in the processing.
In particular where to set the white balance from? The external natural light or the light inside the building?
This is what I did…..
The white balance was taken from the lighter rooflight to the dome using the Dropper Tool in the Basic Panel. I simply selected the dropper tool and found a neutral part of the image in the upstand, illuminated by daylight. I clicked there, and the change to the white balance looked just fine.
This is why I don't really worry about white balance. Lightroom Is so good at sorting this.
Next I corrected the verticals, as the image was a bit out.
Then I did the following in the basic panel
- Exposure +.92
- Contrast +30
- Highlights -93
- Shadows +100
- Whites +25
- Blacks -5
- Clarity +67
- Vibrance +21
- Sharpening 79 with a radius of 1.2
And that was pretty much it. Nothing more to do which is great.
As to the image capture, 1/80th second, F8, ISO 1600. 85mm on my Canon 24-105mm lens on my Canon 6D.
ISO1600 and so sharp. Thank you Canon for this fantastic camera!
Rick McEvoy Photography Blog
Monday 5th September 2016