Inspired byÂ late November sunshine over a holiday weekend, I took the Canon S100 to a popular photographers’ perch of the Seattle skyline with the hopes of capturing a golden sunset. Alas, the sky turned grayÂ as I set up the tripod, so I grabbed the opportunity to give the S100 a workout with the different special effects and HDR capability. A little ‘getting-to-know-you’ session, so to speak, and we had a great time.
After shooting the Blue Angels inÂ a mid-afternoon light for so many years, I thought I would try something a little different: I camped in front of Boeing FieldÂ to view ofÂ take-off and landing, and processed my favorite pix with Photomatix in single shot mode.
For comparison, below is the same shot as above converted to JPEG from Lightroom using LR’s built-in editing. (Adjustments made: slight boosts in exposure, blacks, sat, sharpening, and noise reduction.)
Of course, this could also be a testament to my post-processing LR skills, which I’m always looking to build up.
More Blue Angel shots, including some favorites over the past few years, are up in this gallery.
I just became a HDR convert. Holy cow. Let’s see what you think…
What a difference using a single RAW capture. Higher fidelity and more even exposure is typically achieved with 3-5 RAW shots spanning across exposure settings like (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2) or (+2, 0 , -2). Multiple exposure execution would have taken care of the blown highlights in the clouds, which were too far gone to compensate in Photomatix or Photoshop. Very impressive processing.
Photomatix is now on my recommend list.