Truland Photography

Monday, October 13, 2014

Greater Than the Sum of It's Parts

After making some shots at a night time outdoor party last evening I concentrated on a Halloween luminary sitting on a wooden retaining wall, hoping to get a nice shot to use as an iPhone background. I hand held the camera with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 EX DC HSM wide open at f/1.4 and ISO 800.

For one sequence I bracketed 5 shots +/- 1 EV. Shutter speeds ranged from 1/15th of a second to 1/250th of a second. I then processed the files in HDRSoft's newest version of Photomatix Essentials, choosing the "Balanced" preset.

Just for fun, here are the five individual images followed by the end result. A version of the final processed image has been added to the iPhone 5 and 5 [s] wallpapers page which you can visit here.

normal exposure 1/60 sec.

-2 EV 1/250 sec.

-1 EV 1/125 sec.

+1 EV 1/30 sec.

+2 EV 1/15 sec.

HDR processed image

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