December 2009 Winner - Let There Be Light

mark.carline

Active Member
Let there be light on a Sunday Christmas Morning

Note: Click on image above to see full size image on FlickR.

Original Image: 3 x AEB pictures taken at:
Camera: Canon EOS 450D
Lense: Tamron 17-50mm LD Di on cheap jessops tripod
AEB Exposures: 1 sec / 2 secs and 4 secs.
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 17 mm
ISO Speed: 100

PP:
HDR processed in Photomatix
Some artifacts cloaned out in CS4 along with:
- any modern business signs
- pillar post on top left hand side
- modern council bin on right hand path
 
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shotokan101

Banned
Stunning shot Mark - very Xmas Card look to it. :thumbsup:

Any particular reason you cropped off the top of that building ? - only thing that takes away from the beauty IMO.

I see from the Flickr info that it's in Chester Mark but where precisely ?

JIm
 

mark.carline

Active Member
Any particular reason you cropped off the top of that building ? - only thing that takes away from the beauty IMO.

The original image wasnt cropped at all. This was at 17mm and i could have done with a slightly wider angle to get it all in.

I see from the Flickr info that it's in Chester Mark but where precisely ?

Top of Bridge Street, also known as "the cross".
 

shotokan101

Banned
Thanks Mark - your just trying to justify that 14MM now - behave :D

I guess that it was a choice between fitting it all in and losing that viewpoint - pity :(

Still a great shot though and a strong entry :smashin:

JIm
 

nikonuser11

Distinguished Member
well done Marc:smashin: another inspiring shot

How many exposures did you use in photomatix? ie 3x 1sec, 3x 2secs etc? or was it 9 exposures in total in one pic?
 

mark.carline

Active Member
thanks, so the exposure was the same at each or different?
P.S what lens as I use a 450d also

lense was a "Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II"

I used aperture priority mode "Av" (as i do normally anyway 99% of the time) and set it to f8 which is the sharpest F stop for this lense with the highest depth of feild.Then used AEB on the 450 with a -2,0,+2 to give me three exposures, one two stops under (dark), one perfect (looked ok) and one two stops over. You need to use Av when using AEB as this ensures that the detail of the image doesnt change between the bracketing. The resultant 3 exposures (all raw CR2 files) where combined in Photomatix.

The original normal exposure shot looked rubbish, alot of the dark areas under the rows (the raised shopping area) where all black - thats where the HDR process comes into its own as this area of the picture was taken from the (two stops) over exposed image.
 

tryingtimes

Well-known Member
I'm not normally a fan of Photomatix HDRs done to this degree. But I have to say this works really well within the boundaries of Christmas :)
Very nice job!
 

shotokan101

Banned

shotokan101

Banned

Steve N

Distinguished Member
Great picture, I love it, well done :thumbsup:
 

SprocketRocket

Active Member
Its interesting, cause I don't really like HDR on the whole, but this definatley has that magical christmas feeling to it so it works. well done sir.:smashin:
 

johnaalex

Distinguished Member
Great shot - and I am not a great HDR fan, but this does work well :thumbsup:.
 

nikonuser11

Distinguished Member
Marc, you are opening the eyes of the unbelievers, well done:thumbsup::rotfl:
 

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