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Daily photo – Sea at Midnight
Time for a daily photo, today is titled Sea at Midnight. It wasn’t really taken at midnight (it was 10 PM or so) but this way it sounds more dramatic, doesn’t it 🙂 ?
It’s a long-exposure HDR image created from 6 exposures. Shortest one was 5 seconds (to restore details in brightest highlights) and the longest one – 120 seconds (to properly expose for rocks and sea and sky).
By the way, night landscape HDR photography is one of my favorites as you can’t really predict how the final photo will turn out. It’s a bit of a guessing game. The colours our eyes see at night are completely different from what our cameras see – we see in monochrome; cameras – in colour. For us everything has this very dark blue tint, but not for the camera. For us everything is very dark, but with long exposure a lot of details are restored. You can see other night high dynamic range photo from me here.
Camera: Sony NEX-6
Lens: Sony 10-18 f/4
Focal length: 10 mm
Exposure time: 30 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 6
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Technique: long-exposure, HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masks
Software: Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Adjust