St. Patricks Cathedral (Steeples)

Here is a before and after of a shot I took of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Nyc. The cathedral is huge and surrounded by buildings, but I wanted to capture just the steeples, which can be difficult. Here are the camera settings:

Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/256)
Aperture: f/5.7
Focal Length: 55 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
Flash: No Flash

In Post Production, here are the steps I took:

I ran the raw file through Photomatix, adjusting tone mapping and contrast
I then opened the file in Photoshop CS4 and cloned the building to fill the sky
I then did a mask of the steeples, which was the hardest part
I then did a maximum blur on the background which was the building behind it

The tone mapping had done just the right amount on the building to allow for the gold gradient behind the steeples when blurred.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg IMG_2782.jpg (40.3 KB)
File Type: jpg St. Patrick Cathedral’s Steeples.jpg (27.7 KB)

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Hi Guys,
This is a wonderful place to learn about photography. I am loving this site.

I am totally a newbie, Nikon D60 is my first camera every.
I would be glad to hear comments on this pic.

Nikon D60 | 50-200mm
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.2
Focal Length: 71.3 mm
ISO Speed: 400

After going through the basics in forum this is what I could say about it.

  1. The tree branch is a distortion.

Its all yours for comments.
Thank you

Help in making choice of Post Processing software

I used to dabble in B&W photography, film processing, and printing. My experience included “dodging” and “burning”, and use of various filters for printing enhancement.

Now, we’re in the digital age and there’s so much one can do as so beautifully illustrated here on this wonderfully informative site.

There’s a tremendous learning curve ahead for me. I have Adobe PhotoDeluxe Home Edition 4.0, ArcSoft PhotoStudio 2000, and I d/ld’d GIMP 2.6. I would say all of the above packages have me somewhat baffled with all that they can do.

Which package, in your opinion, would be best for me to invest the time in learning?

Thanks for any and all opinions.

Another help me chose thread

HI, I’ve been gaining a big interest in photography recently and feel its time to move up from my old canon P&S. At the moment I’m narrowing my choices down to the 450D and D60 with their standard lens kits (for now).

the best I’ve seen the Nikon for is around $800 and the Canon $1300 (in Australia)

I understand that the Nikon doesn’t have an auto focus feature? and that shooting low light action shots might be a problem?. One area I’ll be photographing is mountain bike riding in bush/rain forest so would this pose a problem with the D60? Besides that I plan on doing a big trip over seas and would like to take it with me.

I’m going in to a shop this week to have a feel of the two which may help me decide but I’d like any advice that you have to offer 🙂

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