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A trio from the past couple weeks ...

 
Old 03-02-2009, 08:03 AM
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From this weekend.

This is the Elvis Presley Chapel, a movie memorabilia museum showing the movies that were filmed at Apacheland -- an area east of Phoenix near the Superstition Springs Mountains, seen here in the background -- and serving as an active wedding chapel.

7-exposure HDR (-2EV to +4EV), processed and tonemapped in dphdr (eye catching mode) with final edits in CS3. It was almost pitch black when I arrived and within 15 minutes it was totally light out; amazing how fast the sun rises.

I've two disappointments with this shot:

1) I'd wanted to get there early enough to capture star trails in the sky, with just a hint of deep blue from the approaching sun, and ...

2) that I didn't position the camera more to my left so the bell tower would have more depth/dimension. When I first set up and took a test exposure of 10 minutes to see how adversely the increasing light levels would effect me, I was in a much better spot. I was going to just pack up and head home out of frustration, then decided to stay and see what I could make out of the sunrise (this shot, for which I'd changed positions). I will be back, later this week and much earlier than my 5:45am arrival for this shot.

50D + Tokina 12-24 f/4; don't remember the EXIF data but shutter speeds ranged from 2.5 to 30 seconds and aperture was probably f/11-f/16 (can post later)

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robotography/3322967244/"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3542/3322967244_acbfdcdd80_o.jpg" alt="Early morning service ... (by robotography)" /></a>

From last week

Tempe Town Lake (Arizona) just after sunset, shot from the north side toward downtown Tempe.

6-exposure HDR (-2EV to +3EV), processed and tone mapped in dphdr (Human Eye mode) with final processing in CS3.

Canon 50D + Tokina 12-24 f/4; EXIF: f/16, ISO 200, shutter speeds between 2.5sec and 30sec

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robotography/3311816238/"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3588/3311816238_7e3ed1bebe_o.jpg" alt="This is not a mirage ... (by robotography)" /></a>

And here is a 3-exposure version digitally blend in PS CS3 (manually, using masks and selective/spot editing). You can see here I've not pushed the saturation, the sky is a little more dramatic (clouds) and the WB for neutral elements like the concrete building more natrual. It's more realistic than stylistic; neither are right or wrong IMO but it shows how an HDR processed image (with final post processing done in CS3) looks against a digitally blended image manually created using layers in just CS3.

<a href="http://www.planet42.net/photos/flickr/_MG_3007_08_09_blend.jpg"><img src="http://www.planet42.net/photos/flickr/_MG_3007_08_09_blend.jpg"></a>

From previous weekend

Sofa found dumped in the desert.

5-exposures (+/- 2 stops) HDR processed and tone mapped in dphdr (eye catching mode) then final processing in PS CS3, including blend with baseline (0EV) exposure.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robotography/3303184985/"><img src="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3419/3303184985_6fb9f3a164_o.jpg" alt="Worst seat in the house [HDR] (by robotography)" /></a>
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:47 AM
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I like the couch.
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Old 03-02-2009, 08:59 AM
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Ditto...
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Old 03-02-2009, 10:29 AM
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The first version of the lake shot appeals more to me. It's more dynamic/vibrant. The couch is cool, but I would like to see a tad more contrast (personal preference). I see how you had difficulty with the chapel shot and agree with your points there. At least now you're prepared for next time.

Looks like you're getting along with that Tokina nicely. Do you use any distortion correction tools? I like PTLens - especially for the 17-85.
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Default I love the Tokina ...

It's long been a favorite for it's excellent IQ (especially given the value) and ability to get really w i d e.

Distortion can be pretty dramatic, especially using low POVs like those I tend favor. I've used PTLens for years. While it does a generally good job of correction at 18mm and up (regardless of glass) ... it does very little to help 12-14mm shots IMO. For this one I did manual correction in CS3, using a combination of warp and skew transformation. The key is keeping things in scale as you shift the perspective (i.e., regain verticals on the outsides). That electrical post left of the chapel was at a 20° angle before correction. LOL
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Default I miss my Tokina 12-24...sniff, sniff...not that there is anything wrong with the 17-40 on the 5D...

its just that the lens distrotion is a bit greater on the 17-40 compared to the 12-24 on the 30D. When shooting interiors I rarely go below 20MM on the 17-40.
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Default Have you sampled a 16-35 yet?

I've seen a few examples from 5D Mk I with highly exaggerated distortion at 16mm, although I'm not sure I'd classify it as anything worse than I see with the 12-24 on a 50D/40D/30D/20D.
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Default Some fantastic shots...

I assume you set the exposure yourself manually and take the shots, as opposed to just 3 shots with AEB? Do you find that more than 3 shots is helpful?

I am considering upgrading to Photoshop CS4 from 7 in order to get the benefits of RAW processing and HDR.
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I think that was in my fraternity house about 25 years ago. Looked the same then.
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