I have not settled on this as the final post processed image, but this is what I am going for. This is a true HDR merged with photoshops Merge to HDR pro. I am relatively happy with the tone mapping, but the color appears a touch too yellow for me taste. It also seems to matter a lot what mood im in. I am going to attempt to get the same dynamic range with a photo exposure stack using the layers blending options in photoshop.
I won’t call this the final product, but you get the idea. I am relatively happy with the composition and this shot works well for both large prints and square format prints.
Let me know what you think.
Since I am feeling lazy today you don’t get the step by step. If you want it – comment in the comments section below and I will follow up with a post on the full process involved.
I have also included an exposure stack of the image I had original chosen when I was exploring NYC looking for a location.
I think it turned out kinda cool, but it is missing a story, some sort of hook to connect me with that time and place.
Finally I have included one of the shots from sunset over new york. What a cool moment.
I will almost certainly make a print of this for my own purposes. The top of the rock observatory prevents commercial photography so unlike my other prints this one will not be for sale.
If you are desperate to get your hands on it for some reason we can work something out.
I have included some low res test shots right out of camera for you to see.
The sunrise in central park requires a dynamic range I simply could not get with a single shot.
I like the composition of the tower with the rock and trees in the foreground less at sunrise then I did the previous night and the sun rose much further north than I had expected so the light cast hard shadows in places that I was hoping would be highlighted.
As a result the one shot this month that I will concentrate on is the trees backlit by the sun.
I also go some great shots from the rooftop observatory which we planned very much to be there for sunset and were greeted with almost perfect conditions, so this project has payed huge dividends already for me.
Careful planning and setup is key to getting it right in camera, and I will only need to do some exposure blending and sharpening to get the final products I am looking for for these pictures.
It is nice not to have to rely on software to get a good image. I’ll say that a different way. Get it right in camera and let the software do softwarelike stuff (ie. Panorama stitching – dust removal etc.)
Hope you enjoy these sample images.
I hope to post the final product this week.
Posted in 2014 Photo Project, Photos, post processing
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After less than 24 hours since my plane touched down in NY I visited more than 100 locations for a planned shoot. Cathedrals grand central, landmarks like the statue of liberty and one world trade center, subways, delis, backstreets and even the library have all been visited in an attempt to find the perfect location. Tonight I think I found it. Central park presents a wide open space to lower the angle of the building tops and the ground which is helpful since I have a 50mm prime lense in tow.
I plan to shoot at sunrise and tomorrow despite the forecast late in the day being for rain and cloud the clear sky tonight should hold long enough to give a spectacular view with the early light casting color in both the sky and surrounding buildings. I found a pathway at the southern edge of the park with excellent views of both the eastern and western midtown skylines.
If the light cooperates I have some test shots from tonight that suggest I will get some excellent exposures tomorrow.
I dont want to ruin the suprise but I have a pretty good idea of the composition and know where I will attempt to set up at arount 545 am tomorrow.