When you are in the middle of Austria there are a lot of things you would not expect. A huge chinese portal is one of these things. But it fits there like a glove. So always think outside the box and expect the unexpected. Maybe trying something which does not fit there is a solution.
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.
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.
You choose a path.
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).
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!“.
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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Sometimes the way things look, sound or feel are created by the tools used in the process of creation. I think that most of the people would think on analog tools like the ones a blacksmith uses. Continue reading →
I found these guys when taking a walk on the weekend. as there is a lot of details in this picture I tried to shift the focus to front section. So I added brightness to the top left corner to enhance the flare and reduced the reflections of the roofs. The background was muted by the taking the saturation to 50%. I cranked the warmth of the leaves in the left lower corner up 20%, just enough to recreate what I saw that moment.
What I like in modern architecture is the fact that you have gazillions of reflections. If you look at the pictures you sometimes start building your own views.
By using the HDR method one can reveal lots of details in the reflection. It were so many details that I had to apply some retro colouring and minimize the contrasts in parts of the picture to make it look real.