Saturday, September 18, 2010

Statue by Starbucks HDR

This will be a familiar view for anyone seated outside the Starbucks in the Central West End.  It is my first attempt at handheld HDR.  I shot with the camera braced against a table umbrella pole.  The picture is processed from three one stop brackets in Photoshop CS5 HDR Pro using the Photorealistic preset to start.  The little white spot above the statue's head is a way out of focus star, which I think is pretty remarkable.

The monochrome was made with Nik Silver Efex Pro, applying a simulated Wratten #58 green filter to darken the buildings.  The sepia/blue split tone was applied in Lightroom.

Camera: Nikon D700 
Lens: Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4G 
Exposure: ISO 200, three brackets around f/2 @ 1s, handheld, RAW
Lighting: Night, ambient street light 
Location: Starbucks, 4656 Maryland Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63108 GPS
Processing: Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5 HDR Pro, Nik Dfine, Nik Silver Efex Pro

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