HDR Photography and More by Dave DiCello

Getting warmer

Ok, ok, so I know that it isn’t getting that much warmer around here, but we are supposed to have three straight days of 50+ degree weather, which is pretty excited.  Granted, there is the western Pennsylvania spring rain that will come along with it, but I’ll take what I can get.

Since we are about to have a bit of a warm spell, I thought that I would warm up HDR Exposed with a shot from Jamaica, another panorama.  I won’t be posting this one to flickr (at least not right now), but I still think it is a pretty cool shot.

Like I’ve mentioned a few times before, we stayed at the Couples Sans Souci in Ocho Rios Jamaica and could not have been happier with our choice.  The last couple tropical vacations we took to Punta Cana and Cancun, we certainly more of a party atmosphere.  After planning a wedding for almost two years, especially dealing with the last couple months before the wedding, we were just looking for someone nice and quiet to relax and take some time off.  That’s exactly what we found at Couples Sans Souci.  Sure there was some  partying at night, but with no kids running around and the average age of the other people at the resort a good ten years older than us, we found a nice mix of fun, sun and relaxation.

I’ll be posting a few shots from our trip everyday this week to try to encourage the warm weather to get here faster.  Who knows, maybe it will work.  As for the processing on the panorama, it is a twelve shot pano/vertorama, with six shots for the top and six for the bottom.  Photoshop CS5 did a great job of blending the sky, so I just had to do some minor shadow adjustment.  This is the view of the entire resort, so you can see how small and secluded it is.  It doesn’t share beaches with other resorts, so you didn’t get the peddlers or random people walking through what you were trying to lay on the beach.  Very nice.

Today’s “official” upload is a far cry from the beaches in Jamaica.  This is the Portal Bridge, a pedestrian bridge that is near the Point in downtown Pittsburgh.  I took this the day I took most of my previous uploads, on that Saturday morning that was cold and windy.  I’ve been wanting to capture this bridge for a while, but all of the construction that they’ve been doing around the Point has made it a bit difficult, and I even had to move some signage and construction barrels out of the way for this shot.  It was built in 1961 and connects the tip of downtown Pittsburgh to Point State Park.

On to the processing.  This is a seven exposure HDR processed with HDR Efex under the “Clean” Method.  The lighting was a bit tricky to handle, as, like I’ve said before, the D700 gets a little confused sometimes with white balance from different light sources.  I had to tone down the warm lights coming from the side of the bridge and added an overall desaturation layer.  Applied a Tonal Contrast filter, added some definition in iPhoto and shipped it off to the blog.

Thanks for your visits everyone, they are much appreciated.


2 responses

  1. This looks great on the blog Dave, cheers

    March 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    • Always appreciate you stopping by Wiz!

      March 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

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