While my parents were visiting at Christmas we visited Poznanski’s Palace. No royalty ever lived here, the palace was built as a status symbol by one of the industrialists that lived in the city, Izreal Poznanski. While walking around my mum fell in love with the peacock on top of the fireplace. With her smartphone and using the voice commands we managed to get an ok shot of the stained glass design. My mum also asked me to take a picture “because your camera is better.”. I went for a wider shot to have the whole fireplace in the frame.
I had to use a 32bit HDR to get all the tones in the scene, as a single capture just didn’t have the dynamic range. One of the major headaches with this picture was the mixed lighting; soft daylight coming through netted curtains and tungsten light coming from several wall lamps and chandelier, also with the peacock stained glass being lit from behind .
To get the deep tones of the polished wood and help correct the light balance issues I used cross processing colour profile and played around with the light balance to get the right tones. From there I made a few global adjustments to have overall tone I wanted and then local adjustments to bring out details.
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