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Under the bridge

Under the bridge, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

For the Flickr group Cliche Saturday I made this HDR. Magic Lantern helped me out with 9 brackets, HDR Efex, Dfine and Colour Efex from Nik software made postprocessing easy.
I think you can see everything which makes a great HDR:
Textures
Difficult lighting conditions
Strong Colours

BTW: The water would have been green today and this looked crazy so I too the second position.

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Taking and making pictures

Raindot by stst31415
Raindot, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

You may read these lines because you wondered why the title of this post is taking and making. Well, actually the difference is enormous.

Look at the picture above. It was taken yesterday, I had some slight postprocessing with Nik Color Efex going on to recover the details and uploaded the picture. But there is nothing I could have done if I had not taken the camera with me in the first place. A colleague of mine – by a strange coincidence his name is also Stefan – came from next door to show us the raindot. It is no bow, so it has to be a dot…

I took my camera and used the magic lantern to take 9 brackets with 0.5 EV difference to be on the safe side. I also tried to HDR this picture but it didn’t want to be an HDR ;-). It simply wanted some quick and exact color treatment on the raindot and more details on the cityscape. So I chose what fit best. I would definitely call this process taking a picture.

On the other hand, there is the process of making a picture: Your lighting, your setup, your models. You create what is depicted. But where is the border line between these two things? If I have a good picture and add some heavy treatment or postprocessing: Is this already making a picture?

In both cases you need your camera with you. Do you carry your camera with you all the time?

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The side effects of DOF

Crossing in 3D by stst31415
Crossing in 3D, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

I love shallow depth of field and I love putting my nifty fifty on my camera to run through Vienna. I managed one of those rare shots where the shallow depth of field and the light makes an object jump out of the frame. The DOF is straight out of the camera. I just enhanced the colors. N news for the people who know my pictures 😉

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Beautiful failure

circular and linear Polfilter by stst31415
circular and linear Polfilter, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

I tried to get an ND-Filter with varying factor by combining a circular and a linear polfilter.

It worked fine, at least until I saw the results. the exposure is 30 seconds, the lens flare is pin sharp and the colors went amok.

I also have the impression that the reflected IR-light is starting to get importance versus the “normal” light.

It is a failure but it is beautiful.

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View while pedalo dinner

View while pedalo dinner by stst31415
View while pedalo dinner, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

I have been to a dinner with a pedalo and before we left (because the mosquitos also wanted to dine) I took this shot. A hot day’s end…