This challenging image illustrates how important it is to create an image distinguished in scope and vision from the typical "snap shot." The goal of this photo was to capture a view of a new gymnasium that was tall and deep from the camera position perspective. The scene was also complicated by several young people who were playing basketball. The solution involved multiple parts: 1. The image was shot using HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques. Each "set" involved 6 image captures at varying degrees of luminosity. 2. Using a Tilt/Shift lens on a sturdy tripod, I was able to shoot sets to included the top half or ceiling of the gym as well as the bottom half of the gym near the foreground floor. 3. Additional captures were made to get the right shots of players in both the foreground and background. 4. The 2 HDR sets (top and bottom) were combined in panoramic software. Players who appeared in the top half of the view but not the bottom half were masked out and vice a versa. 5. Further processing in OnOne Perfect Effects 9 added Dynamic Contrast and brightened the ceiling.
Here is what the image would have looked like confined to the typical 4x6 of DSLR frame:
Here are the two halves of the view, top and bottom:
And...finally, here is what the final image looked like: