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Fireplace reflection

Composite of two exposures. The snowy view outside is reflected in a tapestry that sits in the fireplace.

Lying on the sofa this morning, I noticed that I could see a reflection of the snowy landscape in the glass of the framed tapestry that stands in our fireplace. I liked the way the window frame made abstract patterns, and the snowy scene outside seemed to be rendered extremely clearly. If you look closely at the reflection of the window frame, for example, you can see the tapestry in the backround.

When I came to shoot it, however, I had two problems. First, the difference in distances to the fireplace and to the original of the reflection meant that it would be extremely difficult to get it all in focus. I chose not to try, but to focus on the snow. Second, there was too much dynamic range to capture in a single frame, so I made a composite of two images, one exposed for the fireplace and the other exposed for the snow.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. Rich H | 24 January 2010 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    An interesting composite, it shows what can be done with digital imagery. However, it would be cool if the camera could cope with a larger dynamic range. How did you avoid a distinct boundary between the two images?

  2. icyjumbo | 24 January 2010 at 5:00 pm | Permalink

    The camera was on a tripod, so the two images differ only in exposure. I composited them in Photoshop, with the “outside” image as the background and the “inside” image on top. Then I masked out the inside of the frame, which has nice straight lines. I did have to do a bit of feathering of the top edge of the mask, but it was a pretty simple edit, I found.

    If I had focussed the “inside” image differently from the “outside” image, then the overlap wouldn’t have been so exact, which would probably have made the masking more troublesome.