a27 April 2013

Orange vs Blue

I really like using orange and blue complementary colors in my images. It's one of the easiest ways to make the image pop (because complementary colors are especially pleasing to our eyes). You just capture some orange subject against the blue sky and voila - you get great photo :) .

Together with symmetry in the image above it works pretty well and results in a quite interesting and pleasing image. Also I wanted the gates of the Temple of Debod to invite the viewer to walk through them.

In this case I manually blended 6 exposures (so no Photomatix Pro preset today...). I took 7 but eventually decided to reject the darkest one (-3 EV) as I could easily restore highlights using -2 EV and -1 EV images.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 35 mm
Aperture: f/16.0
Exposure time: 5 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: ND8 neutral density filter
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Lightroom 4.2, Photoshop CS6

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