A couple years ago, we had the extreme good fortune to spend a week in Arles, in Provence. Needless to say, the camera was out all the time, and we were working as hard as we could to capture the beauty of this town, with its history stretching from before Rome through the present.
One afternoon, we spent a couple hours – not nearly long enough – at this cloister. It was quite difficult to photograph it adequately, not only because it carried so much history and meaning, but for technical reasons as well. The light outside was very intense Provencal sunshine; inside, it was cool and dark. We used HDR to take a few images, which we then combined in the computer to try to capture the lighter and darker elements. Then we added a bit of toning to bring out the beauty of the stone.