Friday, 1 August 2014

Those eyes

Daily photo - Those eyes

I captured below gorilla portrait in London zoo. He was seating on the ground of his "house", chewing something and giving visitors sad looks. When he looked at me I quickly zoomed in to fill whole frame with his head and pressed shutter release. I'm pretty happy with the outcome although I would prefer to capture such image in his natural environment.
Those eyes

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Thursday, 31 July 2014

Mountain hut

Daily photo - Mountain hut

Time for another landscape photo from Tatra mountains - today I would like to share image showing mountain hut in Dolina Kościeliska. Conversion to black & white was sort of natural thing to do for that scene. Snow was already completely white (well, almost - it had a little bit of blue cast), trees were almost black (they were dark green) so I just needed to drop saturation to 0 to remove any remaining colour and bost contrast a little bit.

BTW I miss the mountains quite a lot so I would finally need to visit them again :)
Mountain hut

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Sunset in Tatra mountains

Daily photo - Sunset in Tatra Mountains

I'm still very busy (I don't know why but generally speaking in summer I have always much less free time than in the other parts of the year) so once again I have to post an image with very little text. I hate that and I intended to avoid this but... without these short posts my blog would be pretty much dead at this time of the year. Hopefully I will be able to write more in a few days or weeks from now.

Ok, today photo shows sunset in Tatra mountains captured last autumn. I was really tired at this stage, hiking for almost whole day so I even didn't set up my tripod to get this shot. To reduce camera shake caused by trembling hands I set very fast shutter speed (1/640 s) and it did the trick - image has satisfactory sharpness.
Sunset in Tatra mountains

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Post-processing Wednesday: Big Ben in the evening

before after

Time for another post in my Post-processing Wednesday series. For more posts from this series go here.

In this case Before photo is 0 EV photo without any adjustments and After image is tone-mapped and finished HDR image.

About source images

Today image showing some of the London iconic buildings, Big Ben and House of Parliament, is one of my favourite HDR images taken recently. It was beautiful blue hour with the sky being really blue and with some nice orange lights of the House of Parliament and Big Ben contrasting with water and sky.

You can read more about the image in this post. In that very post not only I show exact location and EXIF of the image but I also share some compositional tips.

As you can see in the Before photo above, some highlights were slightly blown out. At the same time some areas were darker than I intended them to be (especially House of Parliament and Westminster Bridge). So I decided to capture HDR image and for that purpose I took 5 exposure at 1 EV spacing. You can see all exposures below. Going from left to right and top to bottom they are: 0 EV, -1 EV, +1 EV, -2 EV and +2 EV.
Bracketed photos in Lightroom

Darkest exposure (-2 EV) have all lights correctly exposed and brightest one (+2 EV) exposes shadows correctly.

Editing in Lightroom

As always I started my editing in Lightroom. This time, however, the only adjustment I made was applying lens correction by going to Lens Correction tab and checking both Enable Profile Corrections and Remove Chromatic Aberration checkboxes.

Editing in Photomatix Pro

After applying lens corrections to all my source images I opened them in Photomatix Pro 5 by using export plugin to Photomatix. In Photomatix I selected Contrast Optimizer processing method with following settings:
Contrast Optimizer

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Royal Palace in Madrid (B&W)

Daily photo - Royal Palace in Madrid

Unfortunately I'm very busy recently and despite the fact I still have a few thousand photos to process (and a few tutorials to share) I hardly have time to finish them. So today post will contain just a photo.

This photo is black & white version of image from Madrid I shared in the past. Black & white version has really nice contrast I think - something that I missed in the original colour image. You can view original HDR image here.
Royal Palace in Madrid (B&W)

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