Posts Tagged ‘HDR’

Sunset at Stadium

Posted: September 23, 2012 in Blog
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Sunset is a magical time and during it you can create some stunning photographs. Light is gold in the first phase, doesn’t have so much contrast and can be used for any types of photography. This picture was taken at Prague’s stadium. I love H2O sign on wall and geometry of place is just perfect.

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 @30mm
Aperture: f/13
Shutter Speed: 1,3s
ISO: 100
WB: Temp 4750/Tint +1
Processing: Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik HDR Efex

Prague Still Life

Posted: September 11, 2012 in Blog
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There are many great places you can shoot in Prague. Some of them are very well known like Prague Castle, National Theater, Museum, The Dancing House etc. But sometimes you’ll find yourself on a location that isn’t so common to shoot on but still can be a great place to produce some fine shots. One of this places is right next to John Lennon’s Wall. When you walk on the near bridge you can shoot bars with locks and on the opposite side are these buildings and nice view.

When I’m shooting I always try to look left, right, back, up and down. Looking just in front of myself won’t get you any better shots because a lot of times other people can see this too. Almost everybody was looking and taking photos of the lock bars but only I was taking photos also in a second direction.

I have to return to this place, the light was great but not so great. Dusk or dawn will be better for shooting. Anyway, here is the photo I was talking about.

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 @30mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter Speed: 0.6s
ISO: 100
WB: Temp 6000K/Tint 0
Processing: Nik HDR Efex, Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik Color Efex


Posted: September 6, 2012 in Blog
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Few weeks ago I was shooting with my friend one model and it took place near John Lennon’s Wall in Prague. The wall itself has great colors and I wanted to keep it simple. Make model just pop with shallow depth of field and get interesting colors also from wall. We used two flashes all the time, one was on camera and used only to trigger the second flash, both were in group A and in E-TTL II mode. To give the light some shape I used shoot-through umbrella.

The first portraits were OK, nothing special but nothing anybody should feel ashamed of but everything went different when she changed clothes. I found out she has some cool tattoos especially on her back and it became my new focus and task. Thanks God she had great dress that reveals back completely and it made shot even more interesting. The basic idea was to get shape from her body and colors will be added by the wall. And it worked perfectly.

Technical Stuff:
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 85mm f/1.8
Aperture: f/2.5
Shutter Speed: 1/200s
ISO: 50
WB: Temp 6200K/Tint 0
Processing: Lightroom, Photoshop


Posted: August 27, 2012 in Blog
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The second day with Miroslav went really well from start to end. After we met our path went to John Lennon’s Wall in Prague. I made a portrait shoot there but that is for a different post. Near it I took one of my all time favorite shots and several others. One of them is this one with locks. It’s a very popular place so if you’ll be in Prague, check it out.

Prague is a beautiful city. There are so many things everybody can do and it’s very tourist-friendly oriented. Almost all the time I’m shooting I want to do it during dawn. It is somehow different than dusk, light looks better at least for me, there aren’t many people outside, streets are calm. After few times doing this I’d pick shooting at sunrise in 90% over sunset shoot. This means not getting enough sleep and waking up early. On the other hand, images look a lot better.

I’ll make tomorrow a shot video about processing this HRD shot so stay tuned-in. Click on photo larger and better view.

I made another video because it is simpler to show than to try to describe.

A Tip for Starting HDR Photographers from Jan Jílek on Vimeo.

Sometimes you just arrive at a location and start thinking about shooting. When there is huge dynamic range, you might be using HDR or gradual neutral density filter. Every good photographer will tell you the best light to shoot in is during dawn or dusk. There is also one huge advantage that not everybody tells you about. Dynamic range isn’t so big during sunrise or sunset. So when you want to use HDR it is an option, but not a must. And to be honest, you can get some funky results.

As you can see on the image right, dynamic range is OK and here I tried to do a pseudoHDR in Lightroom 4. Just drag Highlights slider to -100, Shadows slider to +100 and clarity to +100. Then you might need to adjust whites, blacks, exposure and other stuff but you can get nice result. But it just doesn’t work as much as a normal shot just down bellow.

Getting the real look makes the photo more realistic and better looking. With the one on the left I almost cut off all the atmosphere, great yellow light coming from the left, contrast between light and shadow and entire image gone a bit flat. Of course, that is caused by processing. Anyway with the second image we have everything. Nice light, shadow, contrast, dimension, depth, separation, color. I just love the shadows in left bottom corner of the image. What I’d love to have is a person in the photo sitting on a chair looking away from my camera. It would add a bit more magic to the image. But I couldn’t expect someone to be out there sitting in a restaurant at 6 AM.

Final image:

Try Different Points of View

Posted: May 8, 2012 in Blog
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Some people tend to go on a place, set up tripod, take/make 1 image and go away. When you are in the mood, space and time to make more pictures, try to go around your subject or try a different point of view. Not just using a different angle but be more creative, try to do some framing, use a strong element in foreground or anything like it. Here is planetarium in Prague shot from front and here from back.

Prague's Planetarium

This post is a bit follow-up to my shoot at Hradčany and yesterday’s. As I said and every better photographer says, good light happens two times a day – around sunset and around sunrise. Some people are lazy to get up early before sunrise so here is a small tip, shoot during sunset. This photo was taken with new Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L USM Mark II, and I really felt in love with this piece of glass.