One A Day – 519

Cornucopia
Cornucopia

Shuttered
Shuttered

Suites Casa Morelia
Suites Casa Morelia

  • Centro Histórico, Morelia, Michoacán, México
  • September 11, 2014
  • Copyright, all rights reserved

All three of these photos use tone-mapping techniques, which is a bit over the top. “Cornucopia” is a tone-mapped single with a technique that makes it look more like a painting. When I saw the faded image of the cornucopia on the building, I knew I had to have that one and I had to have a way to deal with the taxi parked in front of it. Dropping whites and making the taxi a bit of a grey made it more a part of the whole rather than just a picture of a taxi.

“Shuttered” is also a tone-mapped single but more of a detail-based technique that highlights the wood. I like the red and the little glimpse of the weeds that have taken over the interior of the old house behind the window.

“Suites Casa Morelia” is the most exotic HDR I have taken so far. It is from multiple, bracketed exposures (3) so what makes it so unusual is it includes people and cars that are moving. It is only possible when your camera can be set to take bracketed exposures rapidly and – you get lucky. I also used my super-wide zoom for this photo which gives it a expansive view of the hotel that is the main subject. I chose a more pastel tone and a slightly more realistic approach for this so it would be light against the darkness of the sky. It tells me I have to take more chances with people and moving objects when I am shooting HDR. It worked a lot better than I thought it would.

I hope my regular audience likes these different approaches. I’m having a lot of fun with them.

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