I really like it when they have the fireworks earlier. Around the end of the blue hour is the best time in my opinion. It’s dark enough so you see the fireworks, but still there is enough light so you get very nice photos. Of course they don’t do that very often and you get fireworks late at night. Of course it was the same in Budapest, so I only got a black sky here.
So it’s not all just landscapes and architecture here, for today I chosen a little different photo. So yes, sometimes there are also people in my photos. It’s a nice change from time to time.
I took this one in the Botanical garden in Bratislava, where I did a little photo-shoot with Alexandra. I love shooting with natural light, and it’s the same here. It was a lovely sunny day, and the sun gave a great back-light, which I countered with a weak fill in flash from the front. I also used the Canon 70-200mm F2.8 lens, which is just so great for these type of photos. It’s very sharp and also gives a very lovely bokeh. Of course this is not HDR, this was edited mostly in Lightroom, with few minor tweaks and sharpening in Photoshop.
Something with a little different color today. A very colorful bar in a hotel in Prague. Almost all the light here was from the bar, where the lights were inside of it. And before you comment that this is a over-saturated photo, please think for a moment what is this photo off :)
I think love locks can be found in any city. But this is the first time I seen a bridge that almost looks like it was made for them. This could look very interesting once it’s completely filled. This is the Mesarski bridge in Ljubljana. It looks quite interesting, as the middle part is concrete, but the sides are from glass, so see through.
First part of the Luminance tutorial
I started working on my Luminance masking tutorial and here is already the fist part – Photoshop masks. This one is more for the Photoshop beginners, as I try to explain here what are Photoshop layer masks and how they work. My plan is to extend this with two more parts in the following weeks, one about how to create luminance masks and one about how to use them. Hope some of you will find this useful, and feel free to ask any questions
Nice sunset spot
I’ve been here at the wrong time of the year. I have to arrange my next stop in Prague, when the sun sets right behind the castle and then this view could be much better :)
Another tuesday, another process post. Today I chosen a photo from budapest, where I managed to keep a nice realistic feel to it.
From there I loaded the HDR result with the original brackets into Photoshop and I did the following edits (numbered from bottom up):
1. The result from Oloneo Photoengine
2. +2EV exposure to brighten few parts of the bridge
3. -1EV to bring donw the brightness of the water a little
4. -2EV to darkend the sky a little
5. Color efex Pro contrst, to get more detail in the photo (and only on 60% visibility)
6+7. Added glow to the photo (view my glow tutorial) but I removed it from the darkest areas, as it made them too dark
8. added even more brightenss to the darkest areas
9. added contrast to the basic midtones
10. removed the blue color cast from the ships
11. darkened the sky a little
Please continue to the full post to see the Oloneo Photoengine result and the original 0EV exposure from the camera.
I really wanted a photo without a bridge today, but when my head hurts I just cant create anything usable. And as I’ve been sick for the last week, it hurts like hell today. After three hours of trying to create something, I just gave up. So instead, here is one I already had finished few days ago.