Trinity College Library “Long Room”, Dublin Ireland

A couple different takes on a shot I took at the Trinity College Library while visiting Dublin in October. This shot of “The Long Room” is a wide angle image of the library with a Laowa 15mm f/2 lens with multiple brackets and processed the HDR in On1 Photo Raw.

I’ve been working on this image for a while, and I really liked the composition, just couldn’t decide on color or black and white. I’ve been on a bit of a black and white kick lately, especially in HDR. On the other hand I did quite like the look of the color with its warm tones from the sunshine reflecting off the woods. I’m nothing if not decisive LOL!

Color HDR Image of Trinity College Library, Dublin Ireland
Color HDR Image of Trinity College Library, Dublin Ireland

Black and White HDR Image of Trinity College Library, Dublin Ireland
Black and White HDR Image of Trinity College Library, Dublin Ireland

Both of the images were processed exactly the same way, except I used a custom black and white LUT to convert to black and white. I really can’t decide which I prefer. I’ve even printed both on Polar Gloss Metallic paper. This specialty paper from Red River Paper will generally make HDR images jump off the page – but if there are any issues with the image they will be emphasized. Both printed very nicely, making it even harder to choose. I did mention that I am very decisive didn’t I?

So what do you think? Drop a note in the comments section and let me know!


Image EXIF Data (same for both)

  • Camera: ILCE-7RM2
  • ISO: 2000
  • Shutter speed: 1/15s
  • Taken: 21 October, 2019


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