a27 June 2014

HDR Photographer Newsletter


I mentioned it a few weeks ago and here it is: my blog now has Newsletter that you will be able to read in your e-mail client. By subscribing to this Newsletter, you will be sure that you won't miss the most interesting content that I publish including my tutorials, articles and most interesting photos.

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Please note that starting with the next issue (#2) there will be some content exclusive to Newsletter subscribers.

One more note - new issues won't appear regularly every week or every month. I'll publish them as soon as I think there is enough interesting content to make a new issue. So this means that sometimes new issue might appear after a month but sometimes it might take 2 months or even more if I think there isn't enough interesting articles on my blog (but I hope that there won't be problem with interesting content ;) ).

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Daily photo - Summit

Today I would like to share landscape photo I took in Polish Tatra Mountains in winter 2013 (but I edited it just yesterday). It was a beautiful, although very cold, winter day with clear blue sky. Dynamic range was pretty high (snow reflecting sun was very bright but there were also shadows casted by nearby mountains) so I went with HDR.

This snowy mountain looked really amazing against the blue sky but I thought that I can make this photo even more powerful by converting it to black & white thus creating huge contrast and enhancing rocks textures. Conversion to B&W was very simple (I used Topaz BW Effects plugin for that purpose) - I just had to reduce "influence" of blues to make the sky almost completely black and additionally to increase contrast slightly.

Please note that this photo looks best on dark background, so I really recommend to click on the image below to view it in such conditions.

Camera Info

Finally some EXIF info:
Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review here)
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 105 mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure time: 1/500 s ("middle" exposure)
ISO: 800
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: circular polarizing filter
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.4, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz BW Effects

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