Recently quite a lot of interesting things happened in my photography life. My photo from Fuerteventura has just been published in a magazine (this time it’s Digital Photographer Poland) and I’ve just finished judging photography contest on ViewBug as guest judge on behalf of HDRsoft company which was sponsoring that contest. You can see the winners here: http://www.viewbug.com/blog/nature-in-hdr-photo-contest-winners . This was a cool and completely new experience. And not the easiest one I must say. It’s something completely different to “liking” or even commenting on a photo on Facebook or 500px. In this case I had to pay more attention to the images – what I like and dislike about them.

Finally the photo I shared here recently stating that it has 30 million views, has now almost 60 million views! That’s really amazing 🙂

There are more interesting things to come hopefully so I keep my fingers crossed and will share more info if/once they are live.

Featured photo – Kastellet in Copenhagen

Today I would like to share photo from Copenhagen. It shows one of the gates of Kastellet – star fortress constructed in the form of pentagram. Even though it’s still used by Danish military forces, it feels more like a park with its green lawns, tall trees and great views of the city.

This image is an HDR image from 5 exposures. To create it, I used Photomatix Pro’s Contrast Optimizer. I then opened image in Photoshop and finished it there using Topaz plug-ins and a bit of luminosity masking to get colours and contrast the way I wanted.

If you would like to learn more about HDR photography, read my free HDR tutorial.

Kastellet in Copenhagen
And finally EXIF info for this image:

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 16 mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure time: 1/160 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1.0
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: circular polarizing filter
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping, luminosity masking
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 6, Photoshop CC 2014, Topaz Detail, Topaz Clarity