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HDR Photography – Day vs Night in New York City
“Day vs Night in New York City” – Here’s a shot that I took in New York City from The Rockefeller Center aka “Top of the Rock.” Once you start diving into HDR photography, you will quickly realize how valuable a tripod can be! Unfortunately, most iconic city photography locations in New York, London and Paris do not allow you to use tripods! In this particular photo, I used the protective glass that they have surrounding the viewing platform to steady my camera… I made sure that the glass was “super duper” clean on both sides (Yes both sides! I squeezed my hand through an opening between the glass to clean the outside.) Next, I braced my camera lens against the glass and started taking my three exposures! I had to move quickly as it started to rain and I didn’t want any speckles of rain on the glass! I ended up getting a few good shots and the rain added a misty glow to the sunset, which was a bonus. This is the second time I have processed this image. What did I do different this time you ask? Well, I mixed in a layer that I processed with Aurora HDR software, along with some new Lightroom and Photoshop techniques that I recently added to my editing tool belt 🙂
Post Processing “Day vs Night in New York City” – 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 to create another HDR version. Finally, I blended all my “versions” into Photoshop to get the final image!
- Camera: Canon 5D MKii
- Lens: Canon 16-35 mm wide angle
- Settings: f/11, 16mm, Time: 13/10s ISO: 100
- Edit: Lightroom Presets
- Edit: Aurora HDR Presets
- Edit: Photomatix Presets
- Edit: Photoshop
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