Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Old Brick Wall

The above photograph is one of my first HDR (High Dynamic Range) images.  In 2009 I was unaware of HDR photography when I took this image. I was just trying out some of the features of my Nikon D3 camera. Unfortunately, I only bracketed for three images at +/- 1 EV.  When creating a HDR photograph you should use +/- 2 EV at a minimal. On the Nikon D3 that means you need to bracket at least 5 images to get +/- 2 EV. You should also lockup the mirror, close the view finder, use a tripod and a wired or wireless shutter release trigger. You can also use your camera’s timer instead of a remote shutter release trigger. All of that being said, I still like the way this brick-wall came out in the end. This brick-wall in the French Quarter of New Orleans could be over two-hundred years old. Photography may not have existed when this wall was constructed. Like this brick-wall, HDR photography takes planning to setup the shot for results that last over time.

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Technical Data: Nikon D3 with a Nikon NIKKOR AF-S 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G lens, Subject Distance: 0.9 meters, Exposure: 1/320s at f/3.5, Focal Length: 24mm, ISO: 200 Filter: UV, Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5, Merged to HDR Pro: +/- 1 EV, Date: 08/04/2009 at 8:29 am
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