Featured photo – Warsaw, City in Motion
Recently I’m really busy with taking photos (and that’s really great!). I spent last weekend in Dorset, England shooting some landscape photos and on Thursday I had a great opportunity to photograph Warsaw city centre from 24th floor of one of the buildings. I’d like to thank Tomasz from Nowa Warszawa portal and Kuba from Light at Night for inviting me to join them during photo shoot and for getting all required permissions.
Anyway, 24th floor offered pretty nice view over the city and some of the busy roads. So what I decided to do was to create star trails image showing motion in the city. I also needed HDR because there were a lot of deep shadows (like the trees in the left) and bright highlights. So what I did was to take 5 frames to create HDR in Photomatix and get correctly exposed image. I then took additional 11 frames with my middle exposure (8 seconds) to create light trails showing motion of cars. I blended result from Photomatix with those 11 additional frames in Photoshop and used Lighten blending mode for them. This way I got really nice long light trails.
If you’re interested in details I might post my exact workflow for this image, just let me know.
Camera: Canon 5D MK III (read my review)
Lens: Canon 16-35 f/4 L IS USM (read my review)
Focal length: 28 mm
Exposure time: 8 s (“middle” exposure)
Number of exposures: 16
E.V. Step: 1 EV
Flash used: no
Technique: long exposure
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5 (Contrast Optimizer), Lightroom 6, Photoshop CC 2015, Topaz Detail, Topaz Clarity