HDR Photography – Amsterdam Lights

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HDR Photography – Amsterdam Lights

“HDR Photography Amsterdam Lights” – Here’s a shot that I took during my first night in Amsterdam. My favourite thing about Amsterdam is the colorful homes and beautiful lights that line the canals. No matter where you look, there is a picture perfect opportunity right in front of you! I chose this location because of the cool reflections in the water and it showcased the different styles of architecture that you will find throughout the city. I took this particular shot at “blue hour” and as I recall, the blue hour in Amsterdam starts pretty late! Around 10:00pm-ish in the summer!! I think I was waiting for the sun to set and the lights to come on for about 3 hours or so. So, my advice for traveling is this… Make sure you look up what time the sun will set when travelling between different time zones… Oops 🙂

Post Processing “Amsterdam Lights” – I took three bracketed shots EV (-2, 0, +2) and combined the them in Lightroom to create an HDR image. Then I used Lightroom on a single exposure (EV, 0) to create a couple of different creative versions. Next I combined the original three EV (-2, 0, +2) RAW files into Aurora HDR and also Photomatix to create another two HDR versions. Finally, I blended all my different “versions” into Photoshop to get the final image!

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