natural history museum non-hdr

Camera - Nikon D200
  • Aperture: f/2.8
  • Focal Length: 17mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter: 1/14 sec
  • Camera: NIKON D200

Yesterday I posted an HDR of the Natural History Museum in London and noted that while I was processing the tone-mapped image in Photoshop I was taking it back to how it used to look, with heavy shadows (the tone mapped HDR TIFF was very flat with all areas equally visible, even the shadows). So, I had a play with the metered middle shot of the 7 bracketed shots I had taken, to see if I could draw a similar look from it without all the HDR faff, and this is the result.

As you can see, the colours are richer and more saturated. There’s no noise in the blue-green ceiling panels in this one, but there’s also less detail in the brickwork and the contrast overall is quite dramatic and in some ways looks even more ‘processed’ than the HDR.

I’m at a total loss as to which I prefer. I like the colours of this one, but the smooth tones and great brickwork of the HDR version. What do you think? All opinions welcome.

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