Before and After: Seattle Center Parking

Ok… Let’s discuss this “Before and After HDR photograph.” A simple parking kiosk at the Seattle Center. I like the colors, imagined it processed into an HDR grunge effect, and found the framing in my mind to represent a simple look at the Seattle urban landscape.

The “Before” image. Looks pretty bland and flat. In a word: BORING!!

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Now… from ordinary and flat to WOW!!! After processing in Lightroom 5, Photomatix Pro 5, and Topaz DeNoise this is the final extraordinary HDR photograph.

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I captured three frames.

Frame 1: 100 ISO | 28mm | f11 | 1/125second

Frame 2: 100 ISO | 28mm | f11 | 1/500second

Frame 3: 100 ISO | 28mm | f11 | 1/30second

So there in lies the problem with going hand held with your HDR photos. If you are seeking a tack sharp image you need to be above 1/80 second to be sharp. The “Frame 3” image is our troubled spot.

I always capture 3 bracketed images and wind up only using the first image.

The final HDR product is a one-shot HDR. And if I were to show you the 3 images merged into an HDR or this single shot duplicated with an adjusted exposure you probably could  not tell the difference. So why worry?

It is just a matter of personal quality and vision for excellence in my photographic journey.

I hope you enjoy my “Before and After” images.