Saturday, March 31, 2012

Evening colors

Evening colors on Kultorvet

This image has been taken about a week ago, on Kultorvet, the pedestrian area that links Nørreport with Nyhavn. There was a beautiful light on Nørreport side, with the sun preparing for sunset and painting the sky in very nice tones. Of course, HDR can truly capture this sky without underexposing the rest and the light was good enough for hand held exposures.
On the post processing side, we merged the images with Photomatix (were invariably all our HDRs starts), giving some extra touch in Nik Color Efex Pro (this one simply rocks in finalizing the HDR images due to its very simple selective mode with control points - more to come in a future post).
Have a nice weekend dear friends!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sunrise in Dragør - part I

Half of the sun

Øresundsbroen at sunrise

This morning we had a very early shooting session in Dragør, on the southeastern coast of the island of Amager. Waking up at 5:00, leaving home at 5:30 arrived at the location at 06:40. Dragør fort was waiting for us with a bit of wind, but it is the highest spot in the area, so we have to settle there. We just unpacked the stuff and the sun started to climb the horizon line (or actually the little strip of mist that is almost always blocking the horizon). The Øresundsbroen was the other model of this shooting session. Lovely little piece of practical architecture (not so little actually, being the longest road and rail bridge in Europe).
More images from this morning will come soon.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Golden light and mist

Golden mist

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Misty docks

Misty docks

Saturday, March 24, 2012

One step closer to the edge

One step closer to the edge

Misty afternoon at marina

Misty afternoon at marina

Strange atmospheric phenomenon yesterday afternoon in Copenhagen: very deep mist coming from the sea. So deep that you cannot see 50m in front of you, on the ground level. However you could see the top of the towers from the local power plant, poping up from nowhere. And the sun was not completely blocked out, it was quite visible, giving a golden tint to the mist. Noticing this on the way back home from work, we figured out its an interesting photographical opportunity, so we rushed to Svanemøllen marina. Half an hour later, the effect was almost gone.

More pictures to come....

Friday, March 23, 2012

Airplane in stormy sky

Stormy sky

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Remember winter

Winter sun

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Polar bears at Copenhagen Zoo

Waiting the lunch

These images were taken on Sunday, at Copenhagen Zoo - a beautiful place to spend a lovely afternoon.

Waiting

I caught a fish :D

Mmm...yammmy :)

Last fish

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Friendship at Copenhagen Zoo

Friendship

Friday, March 9, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Saving an overexposed HDR - Rosenborg Castle

This article presents a nice finding about using Photomatix. The subject is an image of Rosenborg castle in Copenhagen, during the sunset. Three exposures (-2, 0, 2) has been taken hand-held, the middle one being a bit overexposed due to shooting against the sun (+1 exposure compensation).

originale
Original files

The target is to get a rich tonal colour range and recover the overexposed sky. Ideally using the tripod you can go one exposure down (-4), but being hand-held, you cannot do this.
For this tests I used Adobe Camera Raw conversion for RAW to TIFF conversion (as many other resources on the internet states, a dedicated RAW conversion is better then the Photomatix one). No noise reduction or other processing has been done in this step (for the simplicity of the test). I used exactly the same saved custom pre-set in Photomatix.
A) Feed Photomatix with the -2, 0 and 2 tiff exposures.
B) Produce extra -1 exposure by reducing the exposure of the original 0 RAW file and +1 exposure by reducing the exposure of the original +2 RAW file. Feed -2, -1, 0, 1, 2 into Photomatix.
C) Produce extra -4 exposure by reducing the exposure of the original -2 RAW file. Feed -4, -2, 0, 2 into Photomatix
D) Produce extra -4 and -6 exposures by reducing the exposure of the original -2 RAW file. Feed -6, -4, -2, 0, 2 into Photomatix

These are the results after Photomatix:

Tonemapped in Photomatix
Tonemapped in Photomatix

Conclusions:
A) and B) looks very similar colour wise. The sky is unfortunately blown out due to direct shooting in the sun. The details of the castle are looking fine and the colours seem natural.
C) is looking pretty good. More orange colour specific to sunset, better colour in the water reflection of the sun, unchanged colours for the castle and the grass area under it. The sky colour look more bluish.
D) is way too saturated in the sky. It could be corrected in Photoshop by masking the area and desaturating it.

Verdict: without a doubt I select C) as the clear winner. A simple additional step of producing -4 exposure artificially in Adobe Camera Raw can save the day.

If you were wondering how the final image looks like, here you go:

Rosenborg Castle

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

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Friday, March 2, 2012