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The Juignettes Church

September 12th, 2010

I was in the car, passing this church in Juignettes in Normandy, France, when the sun came out from behind a cloud.

I had to stop and make a picture.

More coming soon!

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The Burnt Car

December 28th, 2009

Someone parked their old Volvo to the side of a tiny side street and then set fire to it. God only knows why. Insurance perhaps? That said, there doesn’t always have to be a reason why people do what they do. This is Lebanon, after all.

The carcass is visible from my window. I needed a break from work at one point and so I grabbed my camera and trusty gorillapod and went down to take a closer look.

I wanted to try some more HDR. Here are a few of the results. Each image below was created from 5 separate exposures.

Burnt Car-1 (D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50mm, f11, ISO 200 - HDR)

Burnt Car-3 (D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50mm, f11, ISO 200 - HDR)

Burnt Car-3 (D700, DR-5, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50mm, f11, ISO 200 - HDR)

Burnt Car-4 (D700, Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 @ 50mm, f8, ISO 200 - HDR)

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An Experiment in HDR

December 24th, 2009

Abu Dhabi is undergoing a transformation.

Its urban landscape is changing. And it’s not just limited to the skyline: The urban planning authorities have in their wisdom decided to expand certain roads, divert others and build new ones.

A pedestrian walkway was built across one of the city’s expanded arteries. I took my camera and tripod up there one evening after work with the aim of experimenting a little with HDR, a technique I’m not very familiar with as yet despite the odd dabbling, here and there.

The difficulty in getting a good HDR image in processing afterwards was due to the movement of the vehicles in the frame. I understand that creation of an HDR image from movement should be ideally created from tone mapping a single shot. Still, this is all a learning process, no?

Here are some of the results:

ExperimentInHDR-1

ExperimentInHDR-2

Each of the images below was created from 7 exposures. Overkill, perhaps? Almost certainly. 5 exposures May have been more than adequate.

Each picture was taken with a Nikon D700, with a Tamron 24-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens set at f11, ISO 200, 24mm. The shortest exposure was 1/3 sec. The longest was 20 seconds for the first image, and 30 seconds for the second.

For the second image, I converted the colour HDR image into black and white after processing was complete and liked it much better that way.

Speaking of HDR, and photography in general, I have recently come across an excellent Dubai-based photography website and blog which I am enjoying very much. It’s called Momentary Awe. Check it out here.

More pictures coming soon. Until then, Merry Christmas to one and all! 😀

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