Thanks for all of you who stopped by on the first candid Monday yesterday. I think that I keep them going, so look for more in the coming weeks.
Back to the HDRs and sunflares today. It was kind of an accident how I stumbled across how to do sunflares, and before that I never even though to shoot directly into the sun. I never really knew that to get those sharp, pinpoint flares early in my photographic/HDR career, I was just taking pictures. One day I was out on my front porch trying fiddling around with HDRs and after scrolling through my brackets on the LCD I exited out of the menu but kept scrolling, which set my aperture to f22. I lined up the next shot and fired off the shots, downloaded them on my computer and was a little curious as to why this one shot looked different than the rest. I checked the EXIF and saw the aperture was f22 and I was hooked.
This particular sunflare is over downtown Pittsburgh during rush hour earlier this month. I had to wait around for about 10 minutes to get everyone out of the scene, and just when I was ready to take the shot, this kid came and say down on the bench. After seeing that he wasn’t going to leave, I took the shot anyway, and left him in to give the scene a bit of a human element. It was pretty windy on this particular day, so I had some motion blur in the trees, which I actually chose not to mask out, the reason being that it made the scene look a little too static for my liking.
This is a 5 exposure handheld HDR processed with Photomatix and then shipped over to CS5. I added blue, green and red adjustment layers for the sky, grass and trees, respectively, and also added a very slight shadow adjust to bring back some of the buildings, as they were fairly dark. Ran it though Color Efex to give it a Tonal Contrast filter and that was that.
Take care until tomorrow.