Creating Rays of Light Through Stained Glass

KevXmanKevXman Always grinning!Posts: 945Registered Users Major grins
edited August 25, 2009 in Grad School
I had always wanted to do something with a stained glass setting. When the Modify the Light DSS Challenge came up I figured it was time to give it a shot. I spent most of my lunches at the National Cathedral in Washington DC that week trying to get the image that I had in mind with just the right exposure. Either the interior was just right and the window was blown out or the window was just right and the interior was too dark. After many attempts, and learning a few things about my camera (D300), I ended up using the multiple exposure tract. Here are the 4 exposure that I used to get to the final product.

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Working in Photoshop, I combined the first three and played with Layer Attributes, Exposure, Curves, Saturation, and Levels to get the interior look that I wanted. I also cropped at this time.

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As you can see, the window is still a little blown out.

I then took the darkest exposure, which was metered for the window, and masked out the stained glass.

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Playing with the layer opacity and color saturation, I came up with what I felt looked good with the interior and window together.

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Now for the part of this thread that you came for. I copied the window layer, applied the mask and applied a motion blur.

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I ran the distance up as far as it would go, it still wasn't far enough for what I had in mind, and played with the angle until it was pointing in the direction that I wanted.

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I did the Apply Motion Blur 1 or 2 more times to get the distance on the sun beams that I wanted. Then I played with color saturation and layer opacity until I was satified that it didn't look too fake. According to some of the comments that I recieved at the time, I think I got pretty close, but it still needed a little tweaking. After some cloning, dodging/burning, and another slight crop, tah dah.

Illumination
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And there you have my "Creating Rays of Light Through Stained Glass". Thanks for looking.
— Kevin
Enjoy today, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

My Site, My Book

Comments

  • RalphAdamRalphAdam Seeker Posts: 26Registered Users Big grins
    edited June 21, 2009
    Nice!
    Well done! Thanks for sharing your technique!
  • GoofBcktGoofBckt Major grins Posts: 481Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 4, 2009
    This is so great! Incidentally, I was in a church at dusk last night, trying like heck to get the right lighting, just as you described!! Now, I have something to try on my photos. Thank you! :)
    KevXman wrote:
    I had always wanted to do something with a stained glass setting. When the Modify the Light DSS Challenge came up I figured it was time to give it a shot. I spent most of my lunches at the National Cathedral in Washington DC that week trying to get the image that I had in mind with just the right exposure. Either the interior was just right and the window was blown out or the window was just right and the interior was too dark. After many attempts, and learning a few things about my camera (D300), I ended up using the multiple exposure tract. Here are the 4 exposure that I used to get to the final product.

    551822771_n5odU-M.jpg 551822666_pMyKv-M.jpg 551822719_awfpT-M.jpg 551822821_6DGAF-M.jpg

    Working in Photoshop, I combined the first three and played with Layer Attributes, Exposure, Curves, Saturation, and Levels to get the interior look that I wanted. I also cropped at this time.

    551822881_8dtbd-L.jpg

    As you can see, the window is still a little blown out.

    I then took the darkest exposure, which was metered for the window, and masked out the stained glass.

    551823081_Q9r9Z-M.jpg

    Playing with the layer opacity and color saturation, I came up with what I felt looked good with the interior and window together.

    551823170_JhQEu-L.jpg

    Now for the part of this thread that you came for. I copied the window layer, applied the mask and applied a motion blur.

    551823190_RPSVH-L.jpg

    I ran the distance up as far as it would go, it still wasn't far enough for what I had in mind, and played with the angle until it was pointing in the direction that I wanted.

    551822609_D7Efw-L.jpg

    I did the Apply Motion Blur 1 or 2 more times to get the distance on the sun beams that I wanted. Then I played with color saturation and layer opacity until I was satified that it didn't look too fake. According to some of the comments that I recieved at the time, I think I got pretty close, but it still needed a little tweaking. After some cloning, dodging/burning, and another slight crop, tah dah.

    Illumination
    550350624_svxia-L.jpg

    And there you have my "Creating Rays of Light Through Stained Glass". Thanks for looking.
    — Kevin
  • Wil DavisWil Davis Thaumaturgist… Posts: 1,692Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 4, 2009
    V. impressive, thanks for sharing the secret thumb.gif

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  • jjbongjjbong Major grins Posts: 244Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 4, 2009
    Did you shoot in raw? I'm wondering whether you could have done a similar thing from a single shot by using two different exposures in Camera Raw, or whether the detail is unrecoverable in any single shot. Since you didn't post the raw (I'm not even sure how you would do that), I can't experiment.
    John Bongiovanni
  • KevXmanKevXman Always grinning! Posts: 945Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 9, 2009
    jjbong wrote:
    Did you shoot in raw? I'm wondering whether you could have done a similar thing from a single shot by using two different exposures in Camera Raw, or whether the detail is unrecoverable in any single shot. Since you didn't post the raw (I'm not even sure how you would do that), I can't experiment.

    There are different ways to get the interior to look right. Yes I was shooting in RAW but like I said, it was a new camera (to me) and I'm still learning RAW manipulation. I just went with what I knew would work for me. Like anything else in life, there are many different path to use to get to the same destination. Find one that works for you and use it. This thread was really geared toward showing how I got the sunbeams in the picture. Thanks for looking and asking questions.
    — Kevin
    Enjoy today, tomorrow is not guaranteed.

    My Site, My Book
  • dadwtwinsdadwtwins Forever a Novice Posts: 804Registered Users Major grins
    edited August 25, 2009
    Great vision, i love your technique with this task.clap.gif
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