9th
May

If you ever created a HDR image, you probably seen this problem in your photos. It’s actually also the biggest thing I don’t like about Oloneo Photoengine. But there is a simple solution :)

What I am talking about, is a visible border around the areas, where the dark and bright parts of the images are merged. There is a small darker border around the dark area, and small brighter border around the bright area. Usually this is around the horizon, where the sky ends. This may be not so visible, but once you resize and sharpen, this may become very noticeable. Here you can see how it looks, and how we will correct this in this guide.

Bright outlines

Not everyone is bothered by this, but I am :) I like when my photos look good also when seen big. So today, I will show you how to easily get rid of this problem in few minutes.

The first thing that comes to mind, how to remove this, is just to use the Clone Stamp tool, and just carefully go around the borders, and paint them over. This works, but it’s very hard to do quickly and without errors. To make this much easier, we will use the blending modes that Photoshop allows for. This works for most cases, there just needs to be a brightness difference between the areas (if you sky is darker than the ground, this will not work that great).

1. Find the area that needs to be corrected (I will explain it on this example). Choose the Clone Stamp tool, choose a soft brush, 100% opacity and Darken blend mode. Now Alt+Click on a close part of the sky to choose the source, and start painting over the bright border. You will notice, that the bright part is painted over, but nothing else. Keep doing this, and also changing the source point, until you paint over the whole bright line.

Bright outlines

2. Once the bright border is gone, we still need to get rid of the darker border under it. To do this, changes the blending mode to lighten, choose a source spot in the dark area, and start painting over the border again. Now, only the darker border is affected, and you will get rid of it very quickly.

Bright outlines

3. And you end up with a photo without any outlines at all. One note, be carefull when removing the bright part around lights, as the darken mode will also darken them. Either use a smaller brush, and go slowly around it, or add a mask to your finished edit, and mask out the area of the light.

Bright outlines

And for those lazy to read through this post (or who didn’t understood the technique completely :)) you can watch the process also in this short video I made.

Feel free to ask any questions, if something is hard to understand :)

8th
May

I posted so many blue hour shots recently, so how about one taken in the middle of the day smile emoticon This one is taken in the middle of Cesky Krumlow, from this very nicely placed viewing area. You may wonder why I call this photo “Before the snow”. The reason is simple, around 1 hour after I took this, it started snowing like crazy, and the whole city got covered by snow.

This is a HDR from 4 exposures, created in Photoengine, finished in Photoshop. I used a polarizing filter while taking this photo.

Before the snow

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 4, Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D mark II, Lens: Canon 24-70mm F2.8, Focal length: 24mm, Aperture: 11, Middle exposure time: 1/15s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 48.81081, 14.31720
7th
May

Third reflection photo in a row :) This one is another one from the a7R. I’ve been playing around with it the last few days, and slowly I’m loosing the muscle memory I developed during the years with a Canon. With a remote in the other hand I already can get a HDR series quite quickly. Should only get better :)

 Danube reflection

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 5, Camera Model: Sony a7R + Metabones Adapter ver. IV, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 20mm, Aperture: 11, Middle exposure time: 6s, ISO: 100, Tripod used: yes, Location: 48.13704, 17.10491
6th
May

I really like the photos I took of the John Frost bridge in Arnhem. The lights just make it looks so crazy at night, with all these crazy colors. And once the ships stop, the water gets so calm under it, that you have no problems getting an almost perfect reflection. It’s so nice.

This is a HDR from 4 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.

Night reflection

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 5, Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D mark II, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 18mm, Aperture: 7.1, Middle exposure time: 12s, ISO: 320, Tripod used: yes, Location: 51.97484, 5.910451
5th
May

I still have a lot of Amsterdam photos to share with you, so lets look at another one. I took this one the first evening there, while already returning to the ship, I arrived with. That evening I tried more to get a feel for the city, to see how it looks like, but of course I also took few shots. Btw. that’s not XXX on the ship, but it’s three white crosses, on a black and red background, which is the sign of the city :)

This is a HDR from 5 exposures, created in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop. I also took one exposure at ISO 1600, to get the ship in the foreground without any movement. I then blended it into the HDR.

Evening reflection

Technique: Oloneo Photoengine, Number of exposures: 5+1, Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D mark II, Lens: Canon 16-35mm F2.8, Focal length: 16mm, Aperture: 7.1, Middle exposure time: 12s, ISO: 200, Tripod used: yes, Location: 52.37177, 4.895504