a29 January 2014

Evening in Warsaw

Daily photo - Evening in Warsaw

Today daily photo could have a completely different title - "first snow" - as it's first snow fall this winter. I hoped to capture snow fall while standing there (what would create very moody image) but unfortunately snow flakes were way too small to be visible in the photos (apart from ugly dots caused by snow flakes on lens front element).

It's also another "test" image captured with Sony NEX-6 which I quickly reviewed just yesterday. This time it's a regular high dynamic range photo - I captured 5 exposures, changing shutter speed manually due to auto-bracketing limitations of NEX, at 1 EV spacing and then used Fusion/Real-Estate available in Photomatix Pro 5 to create very natural looking result. Although Fusion/Real-Estate, as the name implies, is targeted toward real-estate photographers I use it with success for both landscapes and night scenes for a few months now. Its biggest strength is that it provides easy control over how well the highlights are preserved. As you can see in the image below I haven't restored highlights completely. Some of the lamps seem to be blown out. However, it was done on purpose as this way the lamps look like they are glowing - what's much more natural and realistic.

If you're interested in learning more about Fusion, make sure to read my HDR tutorial, especially the part about Exposure Fusion. If you prefer reading tutorials offline (or printing them), you can also download it as an eBook.
Evening in Warsaw

Finally here is EXIF info:
Technical details:
Camera: Sony NEX-6
Lens: Sony 10-18 f/4
Focal length: 17 mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure time: 1
ISO: 400
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: Cokin ND X variable density neutral gray
Technique: long exposure, HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Lightroom 5.0, Photomatix Pro 5 (Fusion/Real-Estate), Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity

Where was this photo taken:

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