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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)?

Lined paper

Lined paper by stst31415
Lined paper, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

I tried to shoot another macro but wanted to use a different light. A bunch of paper was used – you can see the edges and lines of the paper.
A white LED was the light source from the left and a laser pointer was used from the top and aimed between the paper.
In post processing I used the tonal contrast filter from Nik Color Efex. This enhanced the edges and enhanced the abstract effect of the picture.
I can imagine this quite good on a wall.

Medieval alley


Medieval alley, a photo by stst31415 on Flickr.

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.

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?