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SNP bridge light beams

The restaurant at the top of the SNP bridge (or still refereed to as the New bridge) is called UFO. Quite the obvious name, as it looks a bit like a flying saucer. And during the White night event, with all the light beams coming from it, it looked like a UFO even more.

I ended up using 6 exposures here. Since there were people walking by I took two sets of 5 exposures, to have enough to be able to remove them from the final photo. I also did from -3 to +1 EV as the bridge was quite brighter in comparison to the surrounding area. I then combined 5 exposures into a HDR in Oloneo Photoengine and then blended that with the original exposures in Photoshop.

SNP bridge light beams, Bratislava, Slovakia

Night in Astana

Still have some edited photos of Astana in Kazakhstan, that I have not posted yet here. So here you have another one, taken in the middle of the city.

As in many others I have the Bayterek tower in this shot, and as in other, it was quite a pain to blend it together. That’s actually the reason I even started with HDR in the first place. Being able to get nice photos where normally you would get over or underexposed parts, is just so great.

This is a three shot blend, done in Photoshop.

Night in Astana, Kazakhstan

Sunny path towards the Eiffel tower

Let’s stop in Paris with today’s photo. This is another vertorama I took from right under the Eiffel tower there, while trying to not have many people in the shot. It’s surprisingly possible :)

You may notice, there still is quite a strong perspective distortion here. I corrected it, but only partially. The problem is, that if something is really tall, and you are taking a photo from close by, the corrected view just looks strange. We are so used to see some distortion in cases like this, that we just expect it to be there. I did try a version where I corrected it completely, but I really did not like it.

This is a two shot vertorama, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop. Photo taken in the early spring.

Sunny path towards the Eiffel tower, Paris, France

Morning clouds over Astana

A simpler photo today. I took this one while exploring Astana in the very early morning hours. I was actually on my way to the new pedestrian bridge, you can see on the left in this photo. It looks really great in photos, specially when you are on it.

But I can’t show you a photo of it, as I was not able to get onto it. It was still under construction when I was there. Should be opened now already though. So if you go to Astana, you should check it out :) The bridge can be found here.

So for this photo I focused more on the moving clouds over the city. This is a single exposure, edited in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Morning clouds over Astana, Kazakhstan

Light tunnel in Amsterdam

Not that long ago I shared with you photos from the White night event in Bratislava. But of course this is not only done in Bratislava, and many cities have events with light inhalations. And last year before Christmas, when I was visiting Amsterdam, they also had few there.

This was a very cool light tunnel, where boats passes under all the time. It was quite short, but it also animated, so the effect was very nice. I did not take the boat, but I stood opposite from it, to get this panorama.

Was not easy to get this shot. The day was quite rainy, and the light difference between the light tunnel and the surrounding was huge. So what I did? I did a 2 shot panorama, each shot from 5 exposures. I corrected the photos in Lightroom, exported, merged into a panoramas in PTgui then merged them into a HDR in Oloneo Photoengine. Then I loaded all into Photoshop, and blended all together with original exposures. I probably used every blending mode I knew on this photo :)

If you are visiting Amsterdam and want some nice spots to take photos from, check out my Top Photography spots in Amsterdam list here.

Light tunnel in Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Light tunnel in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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