Nikon D7000, Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.4-4.5, 10mm, f/8, ISO 400
For those of you that are familiar with our HDR Collaborations, we welcome you to another round. This time, a set of brackets from the Lansdowne Theater. I struggled with them personally because of the white balance obstacles. I finally worked through them with inspiration knowing the group would be pounding these brackets as well! Without delay here are the groups renditions! Thanks!
What a great set Scott, I was pleasantly surprised when I opened up the brackets, what a great scene. Scott warned us of the White Balance issue, but that was no big deal to correct. I immediately knew what I wanted to do with scene upon seeing the first bracket. I processed the scene in Photomatix Pro first then started playing around with NIK using some midnight and fog filters. I wanted to make the projector come alive again. I finished it off with some OnOne Tweaks and some sharpening. I was happy with my results in the end, what a fun set Scott, thanks for hosting.
Scott, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed working on this set of brackets, so thanks for sharing them with us.
There were so many elements that could be drawn out, it was at first difficult to figure out which ones I wanted to highlight, or even the overall look that I wanted. I soon discovered that I wanted it to look as though it was a three-dimensional, modern-day CGI sort of scene, while still maintaining a sense of the old days of cinema projectors and theaters. A few versions and about 30 layers later… this is what I came up with for you.
One lighting effect I wanted to achieve is that the door of the projector room had just been thrown open during the movie. By highlighting the back of the projectors, darkening the left side, and strengthening the incoming beam of light and the theater below, I think it makes it look as though the film has been interrupted by someone walking into the room.
Whenever I process a bracket set like this, I’m amazed at the details that can be revealed… the machinery, the little knobs, dials, and switches, the curtains in the theater, and the antique emblems and labels. It really takes us back to another time, and scenes like this make it seem like those details are frozen in time.
This was one incredible scene to work with. I only hope I’ve done it some justice.