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Old May 20, 2011, 12:08 PM   #11
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1 .. 13 .... 12 if you alter the sky a little get my vote
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Old May 20, 2011, 3:39 PM   #12
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Thank you, simple.

I went back today (it's still raining) for more. Specifically, I went into the smaller reading rooms.

#20) Periodicals.


#22) Genealogy.


#23) Map division. The librarian is standing in the middle.


#24) Another shot of the stairwell.


#24) Gift shop.
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Old May 22, 2011, 8:08 PM   #13
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Fantastic series. Can't pick a favourite from all these wonderful subjects.
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Old May 22, 2011, 9:30 PM   #14
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so let me ask again. are you taking multiple exposures (bracketing) or using the sony auto-bracket? i have a sony too and the auto-bracket of .7 difference isn't much (i think). how do you get those people to just sit there while you set up your tripod? seems to me the small range of -.7,0,+.7 could be simulated by "developing" the raw file into 2 or 3 jpegs. i've been making some effort on every outing to produce something 1/10 as good as your outdoor shots. so far just a good exercise. still trying.

edit: i just re-read some older posts and your explanation of simply slow shutter and pp. ok. simple enough. next weekend we have access to buildings usually closed to the public (doors open ontario). I will take a second camera along with my uwa and give this a real workout.

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Old May 23, 2011, 7:39 AM   #15
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Thanks a lot, banksy.

Hi, Frank. Yes, the library indoor pics are single handheld shots. I took them at slow shutter speeds that turned out still very dark. Topaz Adjust brought out the color and brightness. #25 below, for example, is the out-of-camera of #23 above. As you can see, you can probably meter for the view outside the window and let Topaz Adjust take care of the interior.

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A few more:

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Old May 23, 2011, 2:46 PM   #16
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I'll give it a try. I'll take lots of pictures but my main tack will be to expose for the brights and get the shadows in pp. I'll bracket and use my wired remote to minimize vibration.
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awesome works, love the wide angle views and your Post Processing really brings these to life
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Old May 25, 2011, 11:33 AM   #18
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Sounds like an interesting building you're going to, Frank. We have some in NYC and NYS too that I'd love to take pictures of (Morgan Library in NYC and Boscobel House in NYS, for examples) but don't allow photography. I took another one below at NYPL that is too dark that Topaz Adjust and a heavy dose of Topaz DeNoise were able to make something out of.

Thanks a lot, jaharris1001. There's a lot to learn both during composing the shot and post-processing afterward that I think I have enough to occupy myself until forever.

#29) OOC of periodicals. I metered for the windows.


#30) Topaz Adjust brought out the interior but with lots of noise. No worries though as Topaz DeNoise took care of them.
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Ahhh, vvcarpio!

You play that Topaz bundle thing like a Stradivarius!
Amazing, jaw-dropping results...

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Thank you, Walter. Yes, I tried to push the limits of Adjust but it looks like the geniuses at Topaz didn't put any.

My wife came with me to the city yesterday (mainly for us to gawk at and take pictures of the Dancing With The Stars winners in Times Square -- Cheers' TV star Kirstie Alley among them) and we went to the Library on Fifth. In one picture below, my wife is taking a picture of the Main Reading Room on the third floor.

#31) My wife is to the right taking pictures with her Nikon P90.


#32) My wife sitting on one of the benches.
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