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Coexistence of past and present ... old and new ... dark and light ... coal and electric ... left and right ...

Tempe Town Lake.

The bridge on the right is part of the new Phoenix Metro Light Rail system and spans 1530-feet. The bridge on the left is the historic Union Pacific steel truss bridge constructed in 1912 (and still active today).

That's a passing train on the light rail bridge.

This is a digital blend of 3 exposures done manually (masks) in CS3; a main exposure with passing light rail overhead, another for the light under the light rail bridge and a third for the silky smooth water.

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Awesome.. wish we had more water here, it always makes for a great shot!
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I love it!!! Great vantage point and execution!
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excellent!
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What time were they shot? Is it hanging on your wall yet? Why not?
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Very nice indeed!
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Superbe !
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that rocks!
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By masking...do you mean that you just threw thre different exposures in PS...each on their own layer...then added a layer mask and brushed away part that you didnt want in each exposure?

I'm just getting used to masking in PS...and feel that this is a much easier, and new way of producing pseudo HDR images...no? I know you do a lot of HDR work in general...but you choose so many different methods for each shot. Is there a method to the madness?
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For this image, each exposure is an individual layer in the same PS file and I use masks to hide/reveal parts of each (using brushes, sometimes in conjunction with other selection tools). The main exposure was good enough on its own, but I knew the lights under the bridge would be close to blown out while the shutter speed wasn't quite enough for the water to be perfectly smooth ... so I took two additional exposures to blend in post. This, IMO, is slightly different from true HDR despite employing the same basic principle (i.e., dynamic range so wide a single exposure can't resolve detail at both ends).

Of the photos I've posted over the past week or so, some are true HDR -- multiple exposures taken with the intent of blending in HDR-specific SW then final processing in PS -- while others are digital blends (like this one). Then there's DRI -- dynamic range increase -- which is converting the same RAW file multiple times with different exposure values to create pseudo HDR from a single image; I've examples of that too.

It really is a photo (scene) specific process and you need to know before triggering the shutter what's going to work best so you can shoot with post processing and digital darkroom tools in mind.
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