50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

A Window in the Ceiling

I know you would usually call a window in the ceiling a skylight, but it really just seemed like a window to me:

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/8 1/500

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/8 1/500

This was a difficult shot for me to get and the first constraint was time.  I was on a tour of the Minnesota State Capitol, so I only had a few minutes and I hadn’t really expected to stumble across this window either.  You may be wondering why I used such a high shutter speed.  I had been thinking of creating an HDR image, but as it turned out, I did not get a set of exposures that were perfect, so I decided against using HDR.   Also, in order for this to be a successful HRD image, the lines in the glass would have to be perfectly lined up in the exposures and they just weren’t; I would have needed a tripod to get the shot I needed for HDR editing.

When I was taking the shot, composition was a challenge.  I couldn’t fit the whole window in so I had to go for just part of it.  You will see the original shot  and note that I cropped it when I edited it and I also straightened it.  All my editing I did in Photoshop.  I converted the original color image to black and white using a blue filter setting.  My last step in editing was to sharpen it.

Here is the original:

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/8 1/500

ISO 1600 50mm 0ev f/8 1/500

Despite the fact that this color version really only has a hint of color, it really does have a different feel than the black and white version, don’t you think?

This post was written for the weekly black and white photography challenge at Sonel’s Corner.  This week’s theme is windows and doors.



29 thoughts on “A Window in the Ceiling

  1. It’s a gorgeous window!! Did u know photoshop lets u do a pseudo-HDR? You take 1 shot, add a layer at -1 and a layer at+1 and voila! Not as good as real HDR but good for a situation like this one


    • Yes, and I have done that before on other photos that I was absolutely determined to make an HDR out of even when my bracketing doesn’t work. I guess I wasn’t feeling that way about this one, I decided just to convert the single exposure to black and white. Thanks for commenting because you bring up a good HDR solution when the traditional method isn’t working 🙂


  2. That’s beautiful! I like the hint of colour myself, but Sonel might not approve. I thought it was going to be your “Lingering look at windows” post and I was just thinking I haven’t got there yet myself (hope to later this evening), but you fooled me 🙂


    • Thanks, I knew Sonel would be fine with me including the color version since I was using it to talk about how I approached my editing. I had also thought of including it in a “Lingering Look at Windows” so you weren’t the only one 🙂 I haven’t done that challenge in several weeks now. That is always a fun group of posts to look through.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.