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Old Dec 15, 2013, 11:23 PM   #1
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Default Holiday bridge renditions

This time of year, in the spirit of the season, the city illuminates the bridge riser mechanisms in red or green lights. These photos, taken not long after the sun went down are processed in HDR using just two images. The first rendition is close to natural. The second one is a b&w rendition and the 3rd is over-the-top. Sometimes I don't know what I like better; taking pictures or tweaking them.

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Old Dec 16, 2013, 12:29 AM   #2
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#3 looks like a dramatic-tone image, and I like it in this image.
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#3 looks like a dramatic-tone image, and I like it in this image.
Thanks Greg. I don't do much traditional HDR but it's fun once in awhile. As you eluded in a different thread if you shoot raw and slightly underexpose the highlights you can darn near reach the range of multi-exposure HDR using Lightroom anyway. And usually not as garish.
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I like those shots and the composition that you chose for the shooting angle. Really nice detail and depth of field. While all are good, I tend to choose #1 as my favorite of the three.
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I like those shots and the composition that you chose for the shooting angle. Really nice detail and depth of field. While all are good, I tend to choose #1 as my favorite of the three.
ALL fantastic shots chiPersei
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......super! Me too, what Seven said, nice work Alan.
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Thanks everyone. If you're interested, Photomatix Pro is my go-to app for HDR. Once installed it plants itself on the Lightroom context-sensitive menu. Just select the images you want from the LR catalog, right-click, choose Export > Photomatix Pro. It couldn't be simpler.

Photomatix has all sorts of presets so like me, you really don't have to know what your doing.

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I like number 1 myself. I think it would be interesting to try a technique I recently read about on your bridge;

1. shoot the bridge at sunset, with the camera on a tripod
2. leave the camera in the same position and wait until it is darker and the lights come on (a beverage might be a good way to pass the time if you're so inclined)
3. shoot a long exposure with the lights on
4. in your favorite layer supporting tool take your sunset picture and merge the two layers taking only the highlights from the after sunset shot

a good photographer named Dru Dodd explained this technique in his thread here which has a couple of sample images.
http://www.flickr.com/groups/olympus...57636668278323

I think it would be a neat technique for this subject, although this time of year you might not want to be outside for that long
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Number 3 is my fave. Nice work Alan.
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Beautiful capture and processing Alan,

The HDR color version is my favorite.
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