HDR & Tone Mapping Exploration

After looking at more photographers’ examples of HDR in their portfolios and viewing some more tutorials I tried out some more of my newly acquired skills and got some more practice bringing it all together.

Paseo Pasadena View North

Paseo Pasadena View To North (Nikon D80 18mm ISO 320 1/90 f/11 PSE8 PMXPro)

Judy likes the building across the street, I do to, and I like the palm tree motif in the fence playing against the real palm trees behind it.  My goal in this picture and the next was to express a strong “architectural” feeling.

Paseo Pasadena West End

Paseo Pasadena West End (Nikon D80 18mm ISO 320 1/20 f/11 PSE8 PMXPro)

The tone mapping is a bit more intense on this one, I like the differences in textures between the glass, bricks and pavers, and still going for an “architectural rendering” style.

Archlight Theater Pasadena

Archlight Theater Pasadena (Nikon D80 26mm ISO 1250 1/4 f/4.8 PSE8 PMXPro)

All of the photos were brought over to the computer from the camera as Nikon NEF raw files, converted to DNG raw files, HDR processed, tone mapped, then raw processed again and adjusted, then one of them was corrected for perspective and cropped.

The first two images were shot at approximately 6:00 P.M. in early September, the last was shot on the same day at approximately  7:45 P.M.  All were from hand held positions (in the wheel chair, which helped keep me steady).  The blurred image in front of the kiosk in the foreground is people moving, I did not try “freezing” any images of the people, my primary interest was to capture the colors and texture of the scene, and I wanted to deliberately let some of the people move during exposure to create an idea of movement.

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