Creating a good architectural image is much more than finding the right angle and shooting at the exposure indicated by your light meter. The image below, taken at an Eden Prairie office, provides a good example. The image on the left was taken at ISO 100, 3.2 seconds at f/22. The reading was determined from an incident light meter. By itself, it's not too bad. But, upon further examination, you can see that the mid-tones are fairly dull, there are some darker, muddy areas, and the lights on the ceiling are blown out.
The image on the right was taken using HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques that combined 6 images with exposures ranging from 6 seconds to 4/10 of a second. Other post-processing techniques slightly sharpened the image, reduced noise, and provided some contrast. Saturation was also bumped up slightly.
Be sure to click on the image to enlarge it and see the detail. Enjoy!
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