Category Archives: Magic Lantern

Panoramic HDR Experiment

I went out with my tripod to shoot a structured panorama in at least 3 by 2. I made it 4 by 2 but it was not convincing. Because I also experimented…

Another thing I wanted to try was a panorama with a wide angle lens. So I used my trusted Sigma portrait in 10mm and used a recipe which nearly always worked for me.

The recipe as always: 3 pictures using 9 brackets with Magic Lantern on my 60D, HDR created with HDR Efex, and panorama with Microsoft ICE.

There were problems with the distortion near the lens, like in the railing you can see on the left. I don’t know if the result is also there because of the horizontal lines. I will try to find out.

I am very pleased with the look of this picture. What is your opinion?

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.

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?

Faded train romance without trains

I have been on the tracks for you last weekend. I enjoy making the HDRs look nice first and then give them a faded look lately. And I think that I finally get where I want with the colors. I used brackets of three exposures using Magic Lantern.

Curve into the pastCurve into the past, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

 

Number 5 is aliveNumber 5 is alive, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

Wide angle HDR

The HDR process seems to be also a wonderful way to reuse that ultra wide angle lens I own. Typically the heavy distortions make nice pictures impossible, so you have to use some arty technique to make them bearable for the viewer. I still love the manipulation of depth and the compression of background. The picture above is made from 9 exposures at f/16 and 10mm with HDR Efex Pro.

For other pictures created with magic lantern look at these posts.

How to install Magic Lantern in some easy steps

I had to install Magic Lantern again, because I formatted the card where it ran from. Because people always ask or look for it, I decided to write a short list of things you have to do. And the good thing is: I can look it up too 🙂

Basically the whole Magic Lantern Setup consists of 6 steps. Read more

Reading

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

I always wanted to make a HDR of a person. Problem was: People get washed away and look like zombies.
So what did I do?
Let’s leave aside that I took 9 (!) exposures with magic lantern. Let’s also oversee the fact that they were in steps of 0.5EV. (Why? Because I could 😉 )
I layered the medium exposure and the HDR up and painted the skin through. Not 100% but enough to give the impression of a real human being.
She was so patient. And concentrated. She was reading the third part of Sacer Sanguis (which only exists in German until today – I do not know why but it is a very good book series).

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