And I’m back from Budapest after the short trip. And not that I got that many photos, as when it started raining yesterday, it just rained all the time. But what can you do :)
The pillars reflection in the Grand Mosque
For todays daily photo I went back to my photos from UAE, and chosen one from the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. If you ever are in the area, you just must visit it. And their great approach to photography (tripods are allowed !!!) should be an example to many other places :)
This is a blend of two exposures for the base, and then I used another two to remove few of the people present. I still had to brush out few in the end.
You may have noticed that there is a plotagraph category shown over all the posts that include a plotagraph. And if you want to see all of them, scroll down to the bottom of the page, where you can find a Photos by location dropdown menu.
Just choose it and select Plotagraph under Articles.
Enjoying the Dubai fountain
Plotagraphs look great with clouds, but one can animate much more with it. On this photo, of the Dubai fountain in Dubai, I animated the fountain and the surrounding water. It’s subtle, but it does make the photo stand out a bit. Don’t you think?
And for those curious, I’m including a screenshot of the final edit in Plotagraph pro, so you can see all the animation points I needed to add to the photo, to get it from static to this animation.
(if you are on a mobile or use an older web browser, you may only see a static image)
If you have been looking at the Luminar software for macs and you were waiting for a great deal, now is the time to get it. For the next 10 days, you can get it for 50% off (that is 69 USD instead 139 USD) and you even get few bonuses with it (two ebooks, more presets and overlays). And even more, if you use the code “HDRSHOOTER” you will get it even additional 10 USD cheaper.
One of the tools I use in my photo editing is the TKActions panel from Tony Kuyper. It’s especially great for creating luminance masks and sharpening for web. And just few days ago, TKActions were updated with a completely new panel set, the TKActions V5. So if you do a lot of luminance masking, I would suggest checking it out. I will cover it more, in a few guides, but for now, check out the official page here.
You can see the panel in the screen-shot to the right. It’s quite big like this, but in reality its 5 separate panels, and you can only open the ones you need.
Late evening at the Burj Khalifa
I really like the photos I took in Dubai, so I regularly go through them, to see if I find one more to edit and share with you. For today I found another one of the Burj Khalifa.
I did not have the best setup when I took this. I used a wide angle lens, to take a vertorama, while using a table top tripod and having no panoramic head or tilt shift lens at hand. So if you look at the screen-shot to the right, you can see how much distortion there was when I combined the shot, and also how much I had to crop out to get the final shot. But with a bit of editing and tweaks, I ended up with a nice results.
This is a two shot vertorama, each shot from two exposures. The panorama was combined in PTgui (learn how in this guide) and finished in Photoshop.
One from my older shots today, this one is form the spring in 2014. I remember this shot quite well. I tried to frame the Burj Khalifa, but then I did not create the HDR, as it was so windi, that I could not properly align the shots. But this time I just edited one of the exposures, and here is the result.