a30 December 2013

1000 downloads of my HDR tutorial

Sunset near Heraklion
Click on the photo to view it in large size on black background.
Exactly one month after releasing it to the public (really I shared it on 30th November!) my free HDR tutorial eBook was downloaded 1000 times. Yes - 1 thousand! After uploading it I got a lot of positive comments, some of you mentioning that it's one of the best HDR tutorials over the internet. It all makes me very happy because it means that a lot of you find it useful and helpful. And if you haven't read it yet, make sure to click on this link. BTW I would really appreciate your help in spreading the word about it - if you can, please share the link to this tutorial.

Now, it's time for some details about the photo from this post. I took it during one of many sunsets in Greece. Warm light looked really beautiful on the yellow grass - I especially like bottom left corner and part at the bottom of the right-most tree. Golden hour - yeah, it truly was one. As you can see I decided to use neutral density filter what resulted in quite long exposures, with middle exposure (0 EV) lasting 5 seconds. I did it on purpose to add some movement (in the leaves) to this otherwise static scene.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review here)
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure time: 5 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: ND400 neutral density filter
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity

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