Many a great photographer has taken some amazing HDR photos of the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. Jean Michel Berts probably took one of the best ones I know, then Serge Ramelli took a great one too and I tried to redo something similar to what Serge Ramelli did in his. I personally still think Serge’s is a lot better than mine and Jean Michel Bert’s is by far better than both of ours.
The funny thing is that all are in black and white, probably because Berts set the standard and we tried to do like him.
Well plagiarism aside, here’s my photo of the Rhino d’Orsay. I took this a few weeks ago on my way to shoot La Defense from Arc de Triomphe and was trying to get something similar to what Serge did. I find it’s a great way to learn new techniques going out and taking a shot just like some other photographer has done. It pushes one to go outside one’s own “fixed viewpoint” and really take a new viewpoint.
And in post processing it also pushes one to re-think one’s habits.
The rhino or elephant at Musee d’Orsay are great photo subjects because they’re just totally “out of place” sculptures made in a classical style. So while they look like they fit there, the subject is sort of off. But it’s a museum of impressionist artists so maybe it fits.
In any case, feel free to comment, and let me know what you think about it.
For the nitty gritty details: I took three shots, processed in Photomatix, then Lightroom and I adjusted the details etc with Topaz.