HDR Photo Competition by HDRsoft – Fall 2015

HDR Photo Competition by HDRsoft

HDRsoft Ltd., team behind excellent Photomatix Pro, is now running another HDR photo competition. To enter it, you need to post-process your images using Photomatix or Photoshop/Aperture plug-ins (you can also use trial versions! which is really cool). This time you can submit a maximum of 3 photos across both categories (Realistic and Creative). You can submit them all to Realistic category for instance but you can also submit 1 to Realistic and 2 images to Creative category – it’s all up to you.

Prizes are given in each of the two categories and they are:

  • 1st Prize: 500 USD Amazon Gift Card + Photomatix Pro Plus bundle license
  • 2nd Prize: 200 USD Amazon Gift Card + Photomatix Pro license

You can enter the competition until 31st December 2015 and the winners will be decided by the end of January 2016.

To enter the competition and read all the rules visit following website:


Good luck!

Changes to the blog

As you might have already noticed I made several changes and improvements to this blog in the last couple of days (e.g. fixed some issues with lightbox, added related posts). Most of them were very subtle but sometimes small change in code can have serious impact for the users. So if you notice any feature that is broken now, please let me know and I’ll fix it 🙂

Featured photo – Old Town in the Morning

For today I picked another image from my city, Warsaw that is. I really like the textures on these buildings and lanterns light made them even more interesting. I took 7 exposures here, to avoid lights being completely blown out, and tone-mapped them in Photomatix Pro 5.1 using Tone Compressor. Quite frankly, I rarely use Tone Compressor but there is one very nice thing about it – it gives photos look that resemble photos taken back in analogue times. And I thought it would look very nice here.

Anyway after that I loaded my tone-mapped image into Photoshop CC where I made further adjustments to it to make the textures even stronger and more vibrant. For that I mainly used Topaz Clarity plug-in and luminosity masks. I also added a bit of vignette.

If you would like to create such photos yourself, make sure to read my HDR tutorial.

Old Town in the Morning And of course, 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: 20 mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure time: 2.5 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 7
E.V. Step: 1.0 EV
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, Tone-Mapping
Software: Magic Lantern, Photomatix Pro 5.1 (Tone Compressor), Capture One 8, Photoshop CC 2015, Topaz Clarity, Topaz Detail

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