Michael Yearout's picture

Great room on a cloudy day

I captured this image of the great room in a multi-million dollar home last week for one of my clients. It was a cloudy day and the views were not as good as they could have been.

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Essam Arafa's picture

very nice, you could play a bit with the flash to simulate external day light coming from the window to have some shadows and highlight

Essam Arafa's picture

the light unit is taking to much space at the right corner, and hiding the view and a part of the room, may be t should has been removed or moved a little to the right

John Teague's picture

Just out of curiosity, what lens did you use? I'm guessing it was about 14mm?

Michael Yearout's picture

17mm TS-E

John Teague's picture

Based on the way the room corner seems to recede, creating the feeling of an acute angle, I had assumed it was a really wide-angle lens. I'm not a big fan of the way that ultra-wide lenses tend to warp rooms. I shoot with a 24mm tilt/shift and only shoot wider when a client insists on seeing more of a room. The 24mm can still distort rooms, but the distortion is much less notable. Of course, the narrower angle of the 24mm has its disadvantages, but I find the images a lot more satisfying as my creations.

Alden Skeie's picture

Good job on the fireplace, cant tell if that was you or a very photogenic flame. I agree with Essam, it's got a very overcast green look to the sky and needs to be either overexposed or replaced. Flash on the cabinet is distracting, this is where going flambient can allow you to mask stuff like that out. Coffee table is too warped with how wide the lens is, I'm guessing you didn't have much more room to back up in there however.

Michael Yearout's picture

Photoshopped fire. Thanks. Yeah, the cloudy sky does have a greenish tint. Wanted to keep the green in the trees and bring out that hint of a mountain view. I'm not good enough in Photoshop to replace that sky. All those little window frames. No room to back up any farther.

I think you have done very well with a difficult angle.
In my work I will remove a lamp on a near table that is messing with my view. In this case you could take it off to the right and put it on the floor. Then find some item that is decorative but short to substitute. The tray of pine cones could work.
I have taken the liberty of a quick and dirty edit on the image. I brightened the whole image with a curves layer and added a sloppy blue into the window.
I was able to select that greenish sky with Color Range selection and then use that as a mask layer on a color fill layer. I then did a quick lasso around the window and inverted the selection on my mask and filled with black to get rid of all the sloppy fill. Total time 45seconds.
With a few more minutes you could color the window to a more satisfactory result.

Michael Yearout's picture

Wow. I like what you did with the windows. I need to learn that technique. You available for teaching?

Douglas Neese's picture

well done!