Evening at the Douro river

I wanted to post a daytime photo from Portugal today, but I did not like the ones I edited. When I was there it was just too hot and sunny, for the photos to look like I wanted. So in the end I went with another evening photo here.

This one was taken in the town Barca De Alva at the Douro river, close to the Spanish border. This is a blend of 5 exposures, done in Photoshop. I really needed all of them, as it was already quite dark and the bridge is lit up very brightly.

Evening at the Douro river, Barca De Alva, Portugal

Hot day in the vineyard

It got a bit colder recently, so of course I will post a photo from a very warm day :) This one is from my trip to Portugal last year. It was in the middle of August and the temperatures were around 40-44 degrees all the time. Really not something I’m used to. But when one takes photos, one even forgets about that :)

This is a single exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. Taken at the Quinta da Roeda in the Douro Valley.

Hot day in the vineyard, Quinta da Roeda, Portugal

Panoramic software

I did not notice, but what’s happening with panoramic software? Kolor and PTgui websites are not accessible at all. Kolor, the makers of AutoPano announced they ending few months ago, with the PTgui not even having an announcement at all. Not that many people do panoramas anymore? Or just use build in features in Lightroom and similar? Who knows. But still it’s bad, as choice is always great. Curious to see what happends to the software they all developed.

Over the Dom Luis I Bridge

Ok, enough of the Black Friday stuff (But don’t forget, most deals are valid until the Cyber Monday :)). Let’s get back to photos.

Today’s photo is a panorama taken from a viewing area above the Dom Luis I Bridge that spans in Porto. This bridge just looks great, and you can walk across it on the bottom and also the top level. Though, some are a bit scared to pass the top one.

This is a three shot panorama, each shot from three exposures. I used PTgui to create the panorama and then Photoshop to blend them. I actually used Raya Pro panel here. Will write more about it when I use it more.

Over the Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal

And here are few details:

Over the Dom Luis I Bridge, Porto, Portugal

Sponsored articles

I’m still getting offers for sponsored articles. And again, I want to repeat, that currently I’m the only author on this blog, and it will stay that way for now. And especially I will not post articles that have nothing to do with me or photography. I’ve been working on the blog for almost 10 years now, and will not let it go down with random stuff.

Btw. I’m still being refereed to as “HDRshooter team”. Is it really so hard to see that there is only one person behind the site?

Summer night in Barca de Alva

It has been so hot recently, that I’m completely not in the mood to even go out. Only when I really need to. Good thing that I have years of photos I can go back to and edit, to keep the blog going :).

And since it’s so hot, here is a photo from an even hotter day in Portugal, last summer. The whole week then was over 44 degrees Celsius, and even so late in the evening was still over 30. But I really liked how the reflection of the bridge looked like, so I had to go out and get some shots.

This is in the little town Barca de Alva in Portugal, right at the border with Spain. The lights on the bridge are really bright, and even with taking 5 exposures, going down as low as -4 EV, the light were still overexposed. But it’s not that bad, a bit more realistic this way :)

This is a two shot vertorama, each shot from 5 exposures. Combined in PTgui into a panorama, then in Oloneo Photoengine into a base HDR. Then I used Photoshop to blend original exposures into it.

Summer night in Barca de Alva, Portugal

Night tram in Porto

Each time when I see a tram or buses passing in front of over something interesting, I try to catch a nice long exposure where I blur them. And of course I tried the same also in Porto in Portugal. Took me few tries to catch this night tram, but I got one :)

This is a blend of two exposures, one main with tram, and one darker for the lights. Edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Night tram in Porto, Portugal
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