22nd
July

Wachau

posted in Austria

For today, another photo from the Northern Austria, or as it’s also know, Wachau. The whole area is just beautiful, with castles, vineyards and many great photo opportunities.

This is a blend from two exposures, edited in Photoshop.

Wachau

Technique: Manual blend, Number of exposures: 2, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 24-70mm F2.8, Focal length: 52mm, Aperture: 14, Middle exposure time: 1/20s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 48.358472, 15.406886
21st
July

Let’s look a the editing process of one of my recent photos today. This one is a fisheye shot, of the John Frost bridge in Arnhem, in Netherlands.

For this shot, I decided to remove the distortion completely, to see how it looks. So here you can see the final and the original exposure, side by side.

Corrected fisheye
Corrected fisheye

I started the edit in Lightroom. For all of the 5 exposures, I removed the lens distortion (the last Lightroom version supports the fisheye lens), removed chromatic abberations, tweaked the white balance and toned down the highlights a little. From there I exported all the exposures and merged them in Oloneo Photoengine. As always, just by changing the strength and contrast.

Corrected fisheye
Corrected fisheye

To finish the photo, I loaded the Photoengine result and the original exposures into Photoshop and did these edits (layers numbered from bottom up):

1. Photoengine result
2. 0EV exposure to correct errors created by moving objects and water
3. Darkened the green area on the pillar from the -2EV exposure
4. Color efex pro contrast, to brighten the image, used more stronger on the bottom part of the image
5. A little bit of overall brightness using curves
6. A little bit of overall contrast using curves
7. Even more contrast
8. More saturation into the blue colors
9. Brightened the dark pars a little more
10. Noise reduction on the bottom part (got noise due to the fact that it was brightened a lot)
11+12. Darkened the horizont from the -2EV exposure, and saturated it more
13. Overall color balance shifted a little toward warmer colors

And that’s all I did with this image. To find out more on how I edit, check out the guides and before after categories on this blog, or check out my video tutorial series here:
Master exposure blending

20th
July

To break a little from the photos from Austria, Budapest and Prague, I looked back through my photos from the United Arab Emirates, and chosen another one to edit. So today, a photo from the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

This is a blend from 3 photos, created in Photoshop.

All in white

Technique: Manual blend, Number of exposures: 3, Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D mark II, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 16mm, Aperture: 8, Middle exposure time: 0.4s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 24.413264, 54.475468
19th
July

You have already seen many photo with the Budapest parliament reflection in the Danube. Few of those even on this blog :). But today, I have for you a little opposite reflection of the parliament. This time it’s the reflection of it in the new fountain, that was added in the last year. I’m very happy that I could find a new, different view of the parliament, one I didn’t had before. Btw. the bright light to the side of the parliament, is the Moon.

I had to place the camera around 1-2 centimeters from the water, to be able to get this reflection. Good that one can get really close, as it’s more of a waterfall, than a fountain. One just has to be careful, as in some areas, it’s more powerful, and one could get water on the lens. This is a HDR from 5 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.

Back side reflection

Technique: Manual blend, Number of exposures: 5, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 16mm, Aperture: 7.1, Middle exposure time: 4s, ISO: 200, Tripod used: yes, Location: 47.506787, 19.047424
18th
July

Window view

posted in Austria

This is one of the windows in the Aggstein Castle ruins. As you can see, it was a part of the partial renovation of the castle, and obviously, it was also the place where the workers left a mark.

This is a HDR from 3 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.

Window view

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 3, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 24-70mm F2.8, Focal length: 24mm, Aperture: 18, Middle exposure time: 1/8s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 48.313678, 15.420880