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Casa Bottega, Herculaneum, originally uploaded by T.A.G.

This photo of the Poseidon and Amphitrite mosaic in Casa Bottega, Herculaneum, Italy, was taken with a Sony Ericsson k750i camera phone. I took three photos, staying as still as I could, altering the EV level for each one, exposing the sky, one normal photo, and one exposing detail in the shadows.

The resulting images were then imported into the excellent Photomatix software where they were aligned and combined into a single HDR (high dynamic range) image.

Using the tools within Photomatix, I “tone mapped” the HDR image so that the resulting image was roughly an average of all colour values captured by the camera in the three images.

As you can see, this gives this image a ‘painted’ feel. It’s quite an unnatural image (as many HDR images are), but quite compelling nonetheless.

So that’s how I did it for those that keep asking 🙂