Saturday, December 31, 2011

Gates of Cordoba

Gates of Cordoba, late afternoon

This one was a bit of a project. I tried to get this shot with a single exposure the 1st time we visited Cordoba and was unhappy with the result because the contrast was just too great for a single exposure. So when we went back to Cordoba several years later I knew what I wanted to do. I revisited this spot and shot several bracketed sequences for HDR.

7 shot HDR sequence processed with Unified Color’s 32 Float & Photoshop/Lightroom. I also used Tony Kuyper’s techniques for selectively adjusting tone and color, especially in the foreground (originally in deep shadow). This one pleases me.

Av de la Constitucion, Seville

evening tram, Ave. de la Constitucion, Seville.

My 15 minutes: B&H Photo published this photo of mine on their Facebook page.

I used a 2-stop neutral density filter to slow the exposure way down and blur the tram. Exposed for 2.5 seconds at F25.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Brooklyn Bridge sunset

Brooklyn Bridge twilight

This is a favorite image reworked to the best of my current abilities (still learning). 7 shot bracketed sequence of exposures, merged to HDR with Photoshop CS5, tone mapped with Unified Color’s 32 Float, various adjustments in Photoshop and Lightroom. I used Tony Kuyper’s Triple Play and Luminosity Painting. I’ve worked really hard on this and it’s finally looking like something I can be pleased with.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Alhambra dawn

Alhambra golden dawn_HDR2

This is a 7-shot bracketed HDR sequence processed with Photomatix. I was trying to recreate the tones and colors I saw that morning standing all by myself in the Mirador San Nicolas, as the sun came up over my left shoulder and the light began to touch the Alhambra.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Flamenca mural, Seville

flamenca mural

Barrio Santa Criz, Seville. Near Real Alcazar.

HDR. Five bracketed exposures, merged & tone mapped with HDR Express, various tweaks in PS, including Tony Kuyper’s Triple Play technique.

I found this HDR sequence quite challenging and was frustrated with prior processing attempts, but this one is more pleasing to me.