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An Angel is all we need...

An Angel is all we need...
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Copyright: Werner Dirla (werdir) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-12
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S DX VR Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED, 67 mm Hoya UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-12-13 5:27
Viewed: 1061
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
..to play a tune on the harp.

Yesterday my wife, daughter and I went on a holiday tour of the Hampton Mansion. I’ve posted photos of the mansion in the past, so I won’t say much more than this is a historically significant building in the area where I live and also in the US in general. And most of the local population knows very little about it, but that’s typical.

Shooting photos here presented multiple challenges and I would appreciate any advice my TL friends can offer me. For one, there is little to no time to properly frame a shot, never mind having a tripod. After the Park Ranger gave her talk on a given room, I would wait until everyone else left the room and linger for a few shots. Oh yes, they do head counts from room to room.

Another difficulty is that one has limited space to shoot from because the rooms are cordoned off. Not too much can be done about this. When you have 150 year old carpets on the floor, you don’t want people walking on them.

The most difficult challenge is the lighting. Low light in the rooms, combined with bright light shining through the windows. On my first visit there, I used little flash and bumped up the ISO to get an acceptable shutter speed. I wasn’t completely happy with the results though. This time I had my Speedlight with me and shot everything with fill flash. In general I am more pleased with these photos, but I am sure that there are things that I can do to improve them.

This room is the music room and was more festively decorated than the others. Oh, and lest I forget, the highlight of my visit was meeting Park Ranger Vince Vaise. He’s somewhat of a local celebrity and does a super job promoting local historical sites. He’s more known for Fort McHenry, birthplace of the Star Spangled Banner. If only we could all be as enthusiastic about or jobs!

PP work included cropping out some furniture to the right, boosting gamma, adjusting color curves, boosting saturation and applying USM. This was shot in RAW.

Thanks for viewing and have a great Sunday.

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Well angels always come to the people who wait for them and those who keep the doors of their hearts open.This post is so lovely and fantastic over last few days i really enjoy your posts.these are full of knowledge and batty.the knowledge and beauty together make your post I must admit.despite the handicaps you faced there in shooting picture I must say its of the class.you can be proud of your photographic potentials.good luck .TFS

Hello Werner,

A nice holiday image. Harps fascinate me, especially during Christmas season, they are the musical instruments of the faithful. This reminds me I need to get going for Christmas...I am way behind schedule. As there is a wide spectrum of exposure, I hope you don't mind a WS. Cheers!


Hi Werner - I think you did a good job with a difficult subject. Good warm colors and good sharpness. At first I thought this was the interior of your house!
Have a good day,

Hi Werner,

A very well thoughtful and so deep name tag has been given to this splendid shot,with your capture you beautifully presented and supported your very impressive sentence "An Angel is all we need..."
the light on Christmas tree vis a vis the musical instrument is captured very well with the challenge of having focus on the low light areas of the room has been done perfectly,you covered very well the mirror and its reflection with the wall,ceiling,portraits hanging on walls,everything is superbly exposed despite contrast low vs intense light through the window,a very historical with Christmas oriented presentation.

My Best Wishes,
Mushtaq Hussain

Hi Werner!

I thought this was your summer home, but yours probably has newer carpet. :)

Great note! I bet the lighting was a challenge. I like your POV here. 1/60 without a tripod, this is great! I can't do this lying on my back with the camera pressed against my face. Maybe you should have been a neurosurgeon.

Thanks for sharing this Werner; I enjoyed seeing it!


You posed a question and no one seems to have answered to date You say the lighting was one of the biggest challenges and yet you shot using 200ASA You tend to get grain when shooting at higher film speeds but I think you could have used a faster speed The other thing to help in low light situations is a monopod You can get a manfrotto for well less than $100 The other thing to help in small spaces is an extra wide lens I use a sigma 10-20mm
Nice effoft It certainly looks an interesting room You chose a good pov to avoid the direct light Nice work
warm regards

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-12-14 3:38]


Avec le sapin de noël en fond, merveilleuxx détail, une gestion d'ombre et lumière qui donne un spectaculaire effet, cette harbe, avec le beau tapis, splendide.

Bravo et amitié


Wonderful shot! I love the composition, the colours ...
Best wishes,

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  • solrac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1103 W: 26 N: 1025] (9012)
  • [2009-12-18 10:53]

Buena imagen y magnifica demostracion de iluminacion con claro oscuros y contraluces

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