a18 April 2014

4000 downloads of HDR tutorial!

HDR tutorial downloaded 4000 times!

Mission accomplished, achievement unlocked... I'm very proud to announce that after 4.5 months since it's release at the very end of November 2013, my free HDR tutorial eBook has been downloaded 4000 times! This number includes only downloads from my website but as it is available in a few other places over the internet I might assume that actual numbers are even higher. Thanks for that! And keep downloading and sharing it ;)

Note: If you haven't downloaded it yet, you can get it completely for free here. Alternatively you can read web version here.

Daily photo - Golden sunset in Warsaw

Today Daily photo is somewhat different from my typical landscape HDR images. Normally HDR is used to get balanced exposure across whole frame with correctly exposed highlights and shadows. Today I used it just for purpose of restoring highlights leaving shadows rather dark. This created rather interesting atmosphere and made the light main actor of the image.

Also I'd like to mention that this photo was taken in Warsaw, Poland by Vistula river bank. What I really like about Warsaw is that despite the fact it's quite big European city (it's capital of Poland after all) you can still find some spots that look like they are in the middle of the wilderness. It's perfect from landscape photographer's point of view :)
Golden Sunset in Warsaw

Finally some EXIF info:
Technical details:
Camera: Canon 50D
Lens: Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure time: 1/80 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.3, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity

Where was this photo taken:

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