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9 March 2016

Small changes to the blog

Posted in: architecture, blog, Chania, church, hdr|

Changes to the blog

As you have maybe noticed, in the last few days my blog changed its look a little bit. Most of the changes were rather cosmetic to make the blog look a little bit more fresh and up to date with current standards (e.g. I added so called mega menu which became very popular in last few months) and to make various sections of the blog easier to access and find.

As always with such changes, if you see anything broken, please let me know so I could fix it 🙂

Church in Chania

Today I would like to share HDR photo I took last summer in Chania in Greece. It’s one of the churches in the old town. I really liked leading lines created by pavement tiles as well as their colour and the fact that they reflected light a little bit.

I captured 5 frames 2 stops apart and tone-mapped them in Photomatix Pro 5 with Contrast Optimizer. As with most of my recent images, finishing touches were done with ON1 Effects 10.

Church in Chania (more…)

19 November 2013

Church in Lisbon

Posted in: architecture, church, hdr, lisbon|

Church in Lisbon
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Today just a photo without much description. Taken last year in one of many Lisbon churches. I’m really happy about the light and mood I got here. The noise is quite strong (mainly due to hight ISO) but in fact in this very case I like it because it helps building the effect I wanted to achieve.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure time: 1/50 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 4000
Number of exposures: 3
E.V. Step: 2
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: no
Technique: HDR, tone-mapping
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 4.2.7 (Details Enhancer), Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop CC, Topaz Clarity 

4 September 2013

New (prototype) layout of the blog

Posted in: architecture, blog, church, montpellier|

Cathedral in Montpellier
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It’s the second time this year that I decided to change layout of my blog. I liked the old one but got a bit bored with it. One of the benefits of new template is that photos are slightly larger what should result in a better watching experience. I also plan to add a few completely new features.

Please let me know your opinions.

Please note that for a couple of days some things might be broken.

Today photo is a single exposure taken inside a church in Montpellier. From the beginning it was more an experiment how much noise is possible to remove without sacrificing the quality too much. Although some details are definitely lost I think that result isn’t that bad.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 50D
Lens: Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure time: 1/30 s
ISO: 1600
Number of exposures: 1
E.V. Step: n/a
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: no
Technique: luminosity masks
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC

2 July 2013

Montpellier Cathedral

Posted in: architecture, church, hdr, montpellier|

I really liked cathedral in Montpellier – it’s quite monumental, especially the entrance with very tall columns (you can see them in the photo above). And what’s interesting on the left to it (in what seems to be extension of cathedral building) is situated medical university.

I used UWA (ultra wide-angle) lens because there wasn’t much space and I wanted to fit cathedral and its surrounding in a frame.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 50D
Lens: Canon 10-22 f/3.5-4.5 USM
Focal length: 10 mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure time: 1/250 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 100
Number of exposures: 3
E.V. Step: 2
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: no
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 4.2.7 (Details Enhancer), Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC
Photomatix Pro settings: download

20 June 2013

Tip: don’t be afraid of high ISO

Posted in: architecture, church, hdr, madrid|

Example of using high ISO
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You know that very saying that you should always shoot at your camera lowest ISO (eg. ISO 100 or ISO 200), don’t you? Especially when doing HDR photography. It’s a good thing in general as it results in the best image quality.

Sometimes, however, it’s virtually impossible to do that because there is no way to set up a tripod (in case of the above photo there were some metal bars making it really difficult) to get fast enough shutter speeds. So should you just miss that very shot? No. In such cases don’t be afraid to use higher ISO values. In the image above I used ISO 3200 and the image is still clear and sharp (in the past I even used ISO 6400 and I was still happy with the output). It also didn’t require that much noise reduction as you might think. Modern cameras have very advanced sensors which really make high ISOs usable. Try them – they might be a life saver one day.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure time: 1/40 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 3200
Number of exposures: 3 
 E.V. Step: 2
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: no
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 5 (Fusion/Real-Estate), Lightroom 5.0, Photoshop CC
17 June 2013

Virgen de la Almudena

Posted in: architecture, church, hdr, madrid|

Another HDR photo taken in neo-romanesque crypt in Madrid. This one shows painting from 16th century which is housed inside the crypt. The name of the image is Virgen de la Almudena.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure time: 1.6 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 400
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 4.2.6 (Exposure Fusion), Lightroom 4.2, Photoshop CS6
Photomatix Pro settings: download

11 June 2013

Catedral de la Almudena

Posted in: architecture, church, hdr, madrid|

I took this HDR photo inside Almudena Cathedral (Catedral de la Almudena) in Madrid. Although the cathedral is quite nice it didn’t impress me that much. I much more liked neo-romanesque crypt which is nearby – much better atmosphere, you can almost feel history there.

As for editing I went with exposure fusion in Photomatix, then made some global adjustments in Lightroom and finally made local tweaks using luminosity masks in Photoshop.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure time: 1/20 (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 1600
Number of exposures: 3
E.V. Step: 2 E.V.
Flash used: no
Tripod: no
Filters: no
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 4.2.6 (Fusion/Natural), Lightroom 4.2, Photoshop CS
Photomatix Pro settings: download

22 April 2013

Neo-romanesque crypt in Madrid – another HDR photo

Posted in: architecture, church, hdr, madrid|

Today another HDR photo showing Neo-romanesque crypt in Madrid. I shared one photo of this crypt already but I think I like this one a bit more.

BTW today I introduce a new addition to the Technical Details section of my posts (previously known as EXIF Data). Last field, named Photomatix Pro settings is a preset I used to create an image. Import it or load it in Photomatix to get similar look to the one above. Of course the presets will be added only for the images processed with Photomatix Pro.

Technical details:
Camera: Canon 5D MK II
Lens: Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS USM
Focal length: 24 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure time: 8 s (“middle” exposure)
ISO: 400
Number of exposures: 5
E.V. Step: 1
Flash used: no
Tripod: yes
Filters: no
Software: Magic Lantern 2.3, Photomatix Pro 4.2.6 (Exposure Fusion), Lightroom 4.2, Photoshop CS6
Photomatix Pro settings: download