Hviezdoslav in the snow

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So most of the snow from yesterday already disappeared, but I will still try to edit few more photos with it. I just love the look with all the snow. This is again not a B&W photo, but I did desaturated few billboards in the background, as they were too visible and just didn’t fit with the look I wanted.

Btw. my camera started working again. Not sure if its permanent, but its great for now.

This is a single exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop

Hviezdoslav in the snow

So much snow

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Broken camera

While taking photos today, my camera broke. And it looks like that the same part went as on my old 450D, the shutter. So right now I have absolutely nothing to shoot with (until tomorrow when I will have a borrowed 7D for the time being :)). Of course I will have it repaired as soon as possible, but it also shows that it’s time to look for a new one. And if those Canon rumors I have been seeing recently I true, I already know what it will be :)

So much snow

I’ve been complaining for some time now, that there was no real winter this year. And today, the winter started. It has been snowing for almost the whole day, and of course I run out immediately to get some photos. Of course I didn’t get that many due to the camera problem I mentioned, but I at least got few. And here is one of the. The SNP bridge, almost completely hidden by all of the falling snow.

I took this only hand-held, as there was no reason for multiple brackets. This is a single exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. And btw. this is not a black&white photo. I never did a conversion. It just looked like this with all the snow :)
So much snow

The morning sky

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Sunrises can be sometimes so worth it. Like this one, that I captured in Budapest. And with the gray sky outside, it’s nice to look at something a little more colorful :)

This is a HDR from 5 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.
The morning sky

Which camera mode to use for HDR?

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There are so many different cameras and so many modes one can set on them. But not many of those are on each camera and even less are useful for HDR. So today, I will look at those main one (or I should say, the one you should use) and how they work together with HDR. All other modes, the ones I don’t mention here, like night photo, scenery, portrait and so on, are really only for people not interested in photography, as using the basic modes, will give you much better control and results than those.

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Program mode – P

I would call this beginner mode. As each photo setup consist from the aperture, shutter speed and ISO setting, this one sets two of those for you. The only one you can change is ISO. As I said, it’s great for beginners and for snapshots. One should leave this mode as soon as possible. This mode is not at all suitable for HDR bracketing, as it will change the apperture in between shots, and so change the DOF (depth of field). You will not be able to blend photos like that, as parts that are sharp in one exposure, can be completely out of focus in another one.

Shutter priority – Tv (S)

Shutter priority has a little more specialized use that the other modes. From the three settings you set up two, ISO and shutter speed. This is useful when you want to archive a particular length for your exposure. For instance you want to freeze the action, so you use a short exposure. Or you want a nice soft water, so you use a long one. The camera always adjust the apperture automatically, so you get the exposure time you need (be careful, as the camera may adjust to the closes available, as there is not such a huge variation in apertures as in shutter speeds). This mode is not usable for HDR, as again, the aperture is changes, and so the DOF.
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Aperture priority – Av (A)

Next one, Aperture priority, is an opposite to the Shutter priority. Here you can change the Aperture and ISO, and the camera adjust the shutter speed for you. This is probably the most useful mode in photography in general and also in HDR. As the aperture never changes, the DOF stays the same for all exposures and you can use the Automatic exposure bracketing in the camera, to get an exposure series automatically. It’s also great for hand-held shots, as you can set up a bigger aperture and so shorten the exposure lengths. If handheld you can also turn on auto-ISO, as that when combined with exposure bracketing, will bump up the ISO instead of taking a longer exposure ans so give you a better chance for a sharp photo.

Manual mode – M

As the name already suggests, here you set up all three values, the shutter speed, the aperture and also ISO. This mode give the most control, but also requires a little more time to set up a shot. One can use the Manual mode for HDR series, but only when setting every shot manually, or using a separate way to take the photo. Here I mean ways like using a promote or Magic lantern firmware. If you are only using the internal exposure bracketing, the manual mode is not the best, and you are better off with Aperture priority.

So what to take from this? If you are begging in Photography, go for Program mode, but try to move to Aperture priority as soon as possible. If you are starting with HDR, go for Aperture priority and if you are trying to get more control and use advanced tools, go for Manual mode every time :)

More mountains

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I so wish that the weather decided what it would like to be. It snowed again, it melted again, and repeat. Almost every day. I can’t wait for this crazy winter to be over, so at least I get some new photos sometime. It’s so horrible right now.

But here is one from my trip to Switzerland, a single exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.
More mountains