Nighttime HDR Photo from Juno Beach Pier

Nov 12, 2010 | Florida Beaches & Coasts, Nighttime HDR

I’ve been a very bad blogger.  I haven’t posted anything in about a week.  Normally I post daily, but in the past couple months I’ve had to slow down because of the ebook, which has been taking up a good portion of my time from my blog.  But the good news is, it’s almost done!  I’m now working on the last couple of pages of the final chapter.  So far I’m on schedule, but I’m not sure how long it’s gonna take to proofread an edit the final copy. I will announce the release of the book in the monthly newlstter. Sign up for the newsletter if you haven’t already done so to get the latest update.

For those who can’t wait for the ebook, check out my HDR How to Guide to get started with my quick HDR tutorial.

As for this photo, I did a few things different. Instead of the normal three exposures, I used only 2. And instead of using Detail Enhancer, I used Exposure Fusion for tone mapping.  But the secret to this photo wasn’t in Photomatix, it was in Photoshop.  I used shadow/highlights to bring out the detail in the pier and foreground.  I also used my normal Photoshop processing techniques to put in the finishing touches. I discuss all this in more detail within the ebook.

Software Used for Processing Photo:
– Used for creating high dynamic range.
Topaz Adjust
– Photoshop plugin used to enhance details.
Topaz DeNoise
– Photoshop plugin used to eliminate noise.
Topaz Clean
Photoshop plugin used to smooth pixels.

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Photography Style: High Dynamic Range
Digital Camera Used: Canon 5D Mark2
Lens Used: Canon 17-35mm f/2.8L USM
Photo Location: Juno Beach Pier, Juno Beach, Florida