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Thursday, March 09, 2006

The Door


Nikon D70 @ 22mm, 1/15 to 2.5 secs, f/4, ISO 200


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Jeez, it's been quiet here recently...

Tried to update last night, but blogger was down... again.

HDR images seem to be all the rage at the moment, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon. I've not actually seen any hdr night images yet so I thought I'd start there. Plus, it's easy to find high contrast scenes at night.

So I took this one a couple of nights ago as an experiment more than anything. I got a few funny looks when I was taking it, as if to ask "what on earth are you taking a photograph of?". Well, it's a door... of course.

I combined 5 images using Photomatrix with exposures of shutter speeds varying from 1/15 sec to 2.5 seconds. I'd definitely recommend this program - it's incredibly easy to use and gives you some crazy results. Initially I wasn't very impressed with hdr images I'd seen, but recently londonrubbish and chromasia changed my mind.

I'm sure you'll be seeing quite a few more of these types of images from me over the next couple of months.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Jem said...

Lovely shot John! I've been trying to get some HDR shots recently too, but not to any degree of success. I tried a night one but it just didn't work hehe.

:)

2:26 pm, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry.... but what is a HDR image?

5:42 pm, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

Very nice composition, light, and lines. It feels like a welcoming image. That unusual for a lot of your night images, which are usually dark and mysterious. Regards, Brent

6:25 pm, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Alecia said...

This is just, extremely lovely to me. If I knew anything about photography I could probably give some better compliments, or use the right language. Instead all I can say is that I really love it.

7:09 pm, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous owen said...

HDR usage is quite common at the moment .. but this one really is quite special.

7:57 pm, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Sergei Kovalenko said...

So crispy clear and sharp, it looks almost 3D. Great photo!

To Anonymous above: HDR is High Dynamic Range, usually made by exposing different areas of the image at different exposure settings and then combining the best parts of each frame into one.

9:03 pm, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Dana said...

John, I love the picture. It sort of reminds me of a Tim Burton movie. It looks like it could be part of the Corpse Bride setting. Very nice pic.

9:05 pm, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Mark [londonrubbish] said...

A very nice and subtle use of HDR. A well lit night shot with lots of detail. Thanks for the link btw.

9:09 pm, March 09, 2006  
Blogger djn1 said...

And thanks for the link to chromasia too. As for your shot: it's extremely effective. I've been thinking about trying HDR on some night shots but haven't managed to get my act together yet. Your shot illustrates that it's definitely worth the effort.

10:37 pm, March 09, 2006  
Blogger CurlyToes said...

Well, no offence to those guys, but I think you've done better here with HDR. I think perhaps it suits night shots more. I would not have guessed that this was HDR in fact, it's very subtly composited and looks very natural. I find HDR can tend to look very false.

10:45 pm, March 09, 2006  
Blogger Drew said...

I'm really quite impressed.

11:42 pm, March 09, 2006  
Anonymous Mona said...

I like the eerie mood this image gives me.

1:33 am, March 10, 2006  
Blogger DGAF said...

great shot with great colors. just grabbed photomatrix...time to get out my tripod. did u use the exposure blending in photomatrix or the HDRI with tone mapping for this shot?

4:14 am, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous JD said...

I like this. I too have been trying to capture a few night shots with HDR in mind.

I just hope people keep HDR's use in context and it doesn't get over used

10:21 pm, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous deji77 said...

now this is an hdr image i love! however i still wonder though why they all seem to have a cartoony look to them. is it because the eye isn't used to seeing these kind of images on screens? i wonder...

3:54 am, March 19, 2006  

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