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.
I wanted to try a different self portrait.
This is another picture made with HDR Efex and Magic Lantern. The shots were older but HDR technique helped her to bring out the different greens.
What really fascinated me in this picture was that the method HDR could capture all the colors facets and texture and preserve them. That was not quite easy due to the different artificial light colors, varying from blue to orange.
Again the tipp by RC Concepcion I use often, is to use a Glamour Glow effect on HDR. It takes the unnatural sharpness out of the picture and gives it some nice appeal.
I started using the glamour glow (which was created for portraits) on some architecture pictures – not specifically HDR. It works just fine…
And again this shot was brought to you by Canon running Magic Lantern with 9 exposures, creation with HDR Efex by Nik Software and postprocessing with Color Efex (also by Nik Software).
If you are looking for a book specifically for the creation of HDR with HDR Efex and get some real nice postprocessing tips for HDR, read the HDR book by RC. There is great stuff inside.
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?
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:
Difficult lighting conditions
BTW: The water would have been green today and this looked crazy so I too the second position.
A very quick panorama made of 4 pictures, 3 brackets each taken with a Canon Powershot S95. Unfortunately I had no tripod available. No postprocessing except an output sharpener.