Gloriette wallpaper

HDR and back light – wallpaper “Gloriette”

One great situation to use the HDR technique is when having backlight. In this picture here I used 5 brackets +/- 1EV. I could have used seven or nine brackets, but then the effect would have been gone.

I threw in a polarizing filter and my trusted Sigma 10-20mm to catch the magic beauty. I left my tripod at home so I made the shot handheld.

In postprocessing Nik HDR color efex and the updated Nik color efex was to be used. They had this promotion so I bought the update. They finally added support for stacked filters, so I can skip some steps and win time. Some filter algorithms are also working smoother – until now it was worth the money.

I did all the processing in lightroom 4 beta, which works like a pearl. I cannot wait to see the final.

So here is the wallpaper I promised. Click on the picture and rightclick afterwards to save the wallpaper.

Gloriette wallpaper
Sunset

Wallpaper: “Sunset on Vienna”

Facebook is a bitch.

I am one of those people who randomly post their pictures on facebook. And I am one of these people who want their pictures to be seen – I consider them art and not instances of reality. So if somebody asks for a wallpaper I cannot say no.

This might explain why the picture looks like it is. 

10mm have a very distinct look of its own and when you turn it into an HDR and apply the usual suspects: Contrast treatment, some glow, slight color shifting and some other lightroom thingies. Tataaaa – after approximately 100 minutes you get this.

Consider this a gift and use it as you like. Dimensions are FullHD (1920 x 1080) and license is creative commons. Have fun and consider sharing this post with your friends.

Or maybe you want to put this picture on your wall (german only)?

The path is your choice

Thinking at the end of the year – “Crossroads of choice” wallpaper

Sometimes pictures make you think. Especially at the end of the year, where it’s traditionally the time to reflect on the past year and think about what choices you made, which choice you did not take and what you learned.

The motive present is always the standing at the crossroads. I wanted to collect some thoughts on what you can do at such a point – using this photograph.

  1. You choose a path.
  2. You do not choose and wait for something (This might be the worst solution in most cases but can be a good choice on rare occasions).
  3. Maximize your options. If you look in the picture below, you do not see the path to the right because the camera covers a lot but does not give you the whole picture. Think of “The map is not the territory!“.
  4. Invent a path.

Whatever you do: Think first!

If you want you can use the picture below as a wallpaper (This one is 1920×1080 and creative commons). It might help as a visual anchor to think on what you want to achieve 2012. Use your brain and don’t let it be the other way around.

 crossroads of choice by Stefan Steinbauer

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The Sky is the limit

HDR photowalk with a fisheye

After I installed the Christmas edition of the Magic Lantern I had to do something. With a fisheye and some ideas I went away and with some nice pictures I came back. I also learned something: With a fisheye you have to be extra careful about the borders of your image.

The first one is a wonder as there was no tourist around who wants to get on a Photo with Mr Strauss and the second one shows different colors of light which where also present when not shot in HDR but can be seen better in the HDR.

The featured image is 3 brackets, the others are 5 +/- 1.0EV.

Strauss by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight)) on 500px.com
Strauss by Stefan Steinbauer

Colors of the night by Stefan Steinbauer (usinglight)) on 500px.com
Colors of the night by Stefan Steinbauer

It is not what you see…

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