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Canterbury Cathedral

The inner courtyard of Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury is a very English town, full of charm and character. In the town itself, there are lots of houses with a very unique cottage-like architecture. Some are very old and beginning to sag or their walls are slanted, but it all adds to the atmosphere of the place. The Cathedral itself is probably the biggest attraction there - it's the equivalent of the Catholict's Vatican for the Anglicans.

This scene is my first attempt at HDR (high dynamic range). It allows the details in areas that are usually very dark to be brightened and brought out. At the same time, the very bright areas are darkened instead of being blown out. The result is a picture that looks a bit fake, more like a painting than anything else. I'm not sure why, but there's a slight "halo" around the building as well - the sky is a bit brighter around it's outline.

What do you think? Like it or hate it, let me know!

Canterbury Cathedral

The inner courtyard of Canterbury Cathedral. Canterbury is a very English town, full of charm and character. In the town itself, there are lots of houses with a very unique cottage-like architecture. Some are very old and beginning to sag or their walls are slanted, but it all adds to the atmosphere of the place. The Cathedral itself is probably the biggest attraction there - it's the equivalent of the Catholict's Vatican for the Anglicans.

This scene is my first attempt at HDR (high dynamic range). It allows the details in areas that are usually very dark to be brightened and brought out. At the same time, the very bright areas are darkened instead of being blown out. The result is a picture that looks a bit fake, more like a painting than anything else. I'm not sure why, but there's a slight "halo" around the building as well - the sky is a bit brighter around it's outline.

What do you think? Like it or hate it, let me know!

comments (13)

  • Joran
  • Singapore
  • 2 Apr 2006, 04:31
I think it's ok.
It looks like the same colours as I would have seen on tv.
Good observations about HDR and some of its pros and cons. I haven't made up my mind on HDR. In some cases it works well and in others, I really dislike it. Too much of it can make the image look like, as you stated above, as a painting. I'm not so sure how effective this is. Selective coloring and painting tools do replicate, many times, the effects you can achieve in a darkroom. Your image here is one of the better HDRs I've seen, though yes the halos around the building do distract a little. Yet the colors on the grass and on the left side of the building are very nice; it almost looks like a color wheel, in my opinion. Nice capture.
Its a shame about the halo effect as this is a very good picture otherwise. When HDR is abused I agree that it becomes more of a graphic than a picure but it can help a picture and not seem unatural when used in moderation. Sadly I'm in the camp that overdoes it it ;-)
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Apr 2006, 09:28
Great historical building....
  • Sinem
  • 2 Apr 2006, 11:46
Wow, I really like it. But tell me, did you make the sky bluer? I have been trying to do that with a few of my pictures, and failing miserably. So I take my hat off to you!
  • Dia
  • Greece
  • 2 Apr 2006, 11:56
I like it, the halo works for me, gives a dreamy feeling smile
  • Micki
  • 2 Apr 2006, 12:18
First, the halo does make it look holy, so that's cool. I like the HDR effect on this shot...makes it look very spring-like. You had beautiful lighting for the photo, although difficult to expose for; and the architecture is fabulous. This is a great shot.
Lovely first attempt!
  • Björn Utpott
  • Netherlands
  • 2 Apr 2006, 16:13
I really like the composition: the bright areas on the left draw more attention and balance out the larger areas in the shadow on the right. My own experiments with HDR have made me realise that it is generally best used in moderation - with not to many stops between the underexposed and overexposed images. But what about the horizontal scale of the image? Perhaps it could be a little more compressed horizontally, accentuating the gothic verticality.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 2 Apr 2006, 21:01
i like this. yeah it looks like a painting, but a good one! from wat i've read, the halo is a by-product of the HDR process and particularly pronounced in high contrasty regions--in your case the abrupt transition from the building to the sky.
  • Shuva
  • Hyderabad, India
  • 3 Apr 2006, 09:59
I thought its onle me who gets this Halo effect. I really dont know why we get this halo betwen the sky and the buildings.
I am not able to make up my mind between the two pics. The building in this one is looking nice but the halso around it makes it look as if it pasted here.
  • Judy D
  • United States
  • 17 Jun 2006, 16:18
well I like it...!

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