Archive for October, 2009

HDR Processing – 2nd attempt.

Using some of the photo’s from our rescent trip to Edinburgh, I thought i’d have another go at HDR processing using Photomatix.

For each picture I set my camera to take three consecutive bracketed shots at  -1, 0, & +1 or -2, 0 & +2 exposures and used Photomatix to merge the image as one. Although I haven’t got to grips with the tone mapping options yet it’s quite  fun seeing what weird and wonderful compositions  can be made.

My first attempt and the sky was a little flat so importing the image to Photoshop and adjusting the levels on a layer for the sky has brought some of it back.

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This next one is the Acropolis at Carlton Hill. I’ve probably over done this one a little.

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Slightly muted this time and more realistic. I particularly like the lighting around the bottom two windows.

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This is the Chapel ruin at Holyrood house. I’m not to sure about this one though, the floor just doesn’t seem to match the rest of the photo.

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This stunning cathedral was a stone throw away from our hotel. The man, sitting at the door way gave me a quizzical look and couldn’t understand why my camera had clicked three times for each picture.

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This is probably my favorite. I love the bright golden shades against the blackened stone on this Gothic monument found on Princes Street.

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Edinburgh Day 2 – Royal Botanic Gardens

A glorious Sunday morning and perfect for strolling around one of my favorite places in Edinburgh, the Royal Botanic Gardens.

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Edinburgh Day 1 – Night Life

For Curstie’s birthday, we decided to revisit Edinburgh, Scotland for a few days of sight seeing & shopping. We last visited Edinburgh as part of our honeymoon and was eager to come back to visit some of the places we missed and revisit some of the places we loved – and there’s  quite a few!

I’ll be posting a selection of the 400 odd photo’s I’d taken which thanks to Adobe Lightroom, is making my editing workflow so much easier. I’ll also be posting a few that I took specifically to practise HDR, Tilt-Shift and Black/White compositions.

Our first day started around 4am, getting everything packed and ready to roll at around 5:30am to take the 266 mile journey up the A1.

Once we’d checked into the hotel (about 5 hours later and numbed legs) we took a stroll around to find somewhere for lunch. Prince’s street on this Saturday afternoon was jammed packed with ‘natives’ and tourists alike and we bounced happily along taking in the sites and sounds of this vibrant city. We dipped into the quieter Rose Street to find something to eat, which was  somewhat challenging as most places were either full or had waiting times of an up to an hour. Hungry from the drive up, we sampled our first Scottish cuisine in BHS!

It was also bitterly cold out with a biting wind (must be getting old!) and it reminded me to take advantage of the free wireless connection in our room to check the weather conditions for next few days – Thankfully, glorious sunshine predicted.

After our evening meal we headed out again into the city lights for a relaxing stroll around the Georgian splendor of New Town, Princes Street and The Mound.

Tired from the early start and the drive up, I can’t remember my head hitting the pillow!

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