If you watched the timelapse experiment I posted two days ago, you already seen this photo. This is one of the frames I used in the timelapse, I just liked the reflection so much, that I also edited it separately :)

This is a single image, split into two in Lightroom and then blended together in Photoshop.
Single frame

I would so love to already have photos form Dubai. But since still two weeks until my trip, I have to still post from the photos I took mostly last year. But since I don’t take many photos now, as also the weather is not playing along that much, I have time to experiment with timelapses and recording videos and a lot of other things, which I hope you will see on this blog in the next weeks and months :)

This is a panorama from three shots, all of them from 5 exposures, created in PTGui and Photoshop.
Blue hour panorama

Recently I’ve been trying to learn more about time-lapse photography and one of course can’t do that without trying and experimenting with it. So today I went out to the Kuchajda lake, trying to capture a time-lapse of the sunset. And in this post you can see what I got.

It’s a little bit on the faster side, as I had no idea what interval to choose for the photos. But now I know better, and next time it will be slower :) Also I will probably reedit this anyway, as I’m not that happy with the quality I get when saving into a video. Again, I haven’t worked with many videos yet, so still a lot to learn.

I also suggest you view it at 1080p :)

Always when I edit a photo taken with the Canon 70-200mm F2.8 lens, I just cant believe how sharp it it. Al my other lenses are sharp, but this one is just crazy sharp. But I’m not complaining :) It just could be a little lighter. The first year I had that lens, I almost never used it, as I never had it with me. But now I take it every time.

Btw. how about a little editing tip :) It easily can happen, that when you use Photoengine or Photomatix, your results look less realistic. It’s very dependent on the settings you use, but the biggest reason for this is, that the light distribution is not as it should be. The results have usually everything in the same level of brightness. It just isn’t like that in reality. But there is a simple way you can make it much better. Just take the HDR result from Photoengine/Photomatix and load it into Photoshop with the original 0EV photo in separate layers. Put the original on top of the HDR and set it to 20-40% opacity. And that’s all. This will darker the areas that should be dark, and brighten the areas that should be bright. The effect is subtle, but the photo looks much more realistic after that.

I also used it for this photo. This is a HDR created from 5 exposures in Oloneo Photoengine, finished in Photoshop.
A small part of the city

I can’t wait until they repair this bridge and it again will be accessible. It should look a little different, and be a tram bridge, not a road bridge. I already plan to get a nice long exposure during the blue hour, with the trap creating a light trail through the whole bridge :)

This is an older shot, from when I was testing the HOYA ND400 filter. That’s the reason why the water is so nice as its from a 32 second exposure. This is a HDR created in Oloneo Photoengine from 6 exposures (I did the +3EV for the bridge) and finished in Photoshop.
Long exposure sunset

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