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Morning In Prague

A nice place to catch some sun!

February 2008

Out tour group had been on foot since early morning, and we had just passed under the west end of Charles Bridge into an open area. There were few people about, and the late morning sun was reflecting brightly into our eyes.

I used to have a version of this photo posted long, long ago, that was slightly narrower, but the same height. I re-processed this from scratch in #LightroomCC2015 and #PhotoshopCC2015 with a bit of help from #TopazDenoise5 and #NIKsoftware #SilverEfexPro2

#Travel #CzechRepublic #Prague


Another Day, Another Castle Pic

Yet another view of Windsor Castle.

As I've been playing with the double- or triple-whammy of getting the free upgrade to the entire Nik suite and the Lightroom 5 beta, I've been able to work on some photos that have lain dormant for a few years. This one is a JPEG from 2006.

I did a little cloning out of heads in the lower left, and the sky . . . well, the sky was an English sky in a JPEG. What can I say? I did some dupicating, layer blending, cloning, etc. to get these mostly faux clouds derived from the real ones that were there.

#Travel #London #Windsor #WindsorCastle #niksoftware



Del Puerto Canyon

With a borrowed sky . . .

Another hand held HDR from two iPhone shots. This one took some fixing, I'll tell ya! In the majority of the frame it doesn't matter, and now that I'm typing this, I want to bang my head on the desk real hard, because all the work I did really wasn't necessary. D'Oh!

One shot was for the sky (since abandoned) and the other is mostly what you see. The problem with the sky (besides noise) was ghosting that wasn't going to be dealt with. The wind was blowing, so in that wedgey-looking area in the center of the frame there were major ghost branches from the dark shot that I slaved over trying to get rid of them. Then I didn't like the finished sky result and replaced it anyway. I could have saved myself an hour or so of sore forehead by just tone mapping the lighter frame and replacing the sky in that. Double D'Oh!

Well, what's done is done, and I kind of like it, although a 'real' camera on a tripod making genuinely bracketed shots would have been nice. But, that wind. I don't know . . .

#landscape #iPhoneography #HDR #NIKsoftware


Late Afternoon Sun

Location scouting . . .

I needed to run away get out and about for a bit. I wasn't sure where I was going, but I drove south thinking I might drop into Fry's Electronics, but they close early on Sundays. Then I thought maybe I'd do a loop around San Francisco Bay, or maybe drive up Skyline Drive on the peninsula. It didn't matter. I had my iPhone but not my 'real' camera. That didn't matter either. Eventually I decided to drive up and over Mt. Hamilton, past the James Lick Observatory and out to The Big Valley.

It's not a long trip, as the crow flies, but no crow ever flew this crooked road, so it's a long trip after all. For most of the journey the light was too 'mid-day' so I didn't stop to take any pictures. But once I'd gone over the mountain into the San Antonio Valley, I thought there might be a chance- at least some place to make a return trip later with the other camera and tripod. So when I reached the intersection of San Antonio Valley Road with Del Puerto Canyon road, I turned right. Sure enough, as I descended toward the San Joaquin Valley, I began to see interesting light hitting interesting landscapes. I stopped and took a few shots- even a couple of hand held exposures that I thought I might be able to do some HDR with. Thus, you see the shadows and the sunlit hills and sky above. Not fantastic, but for iPhone snaps hand held, it worked out pretty well. (I did have to sort of re-create the sky, though. Waaaaay too noisy.)

I'll go back with the 'real' camera and tripod before long. I think there's some good shots to be had around here.

#landscape #iPhoneography #HDR #NIKsoftware


Waiting To Cross The Street

Long day for tourist and local alike . . .

This is another re-worked photo using NIK HDR Efex Pro 2. The previous version was somewhat overcooked tone mapping, and my goal here was to get something more realistic. The big problem with the original RAW file is noise, especially in the darker tones. This is a compromise that probably favors noise reduction over clarity, although a high-pass layer did help with edge sharpness.

Captured in February 2008.

#Prague #Travel #NIKsoftware #Tonemapped #Tonemapping


Miles Waits

It's hard to be part of a slow tour group!

This is a re-work of a photo that's been in this album for a while. I just got NIK Software's HDR Efex Pro 2, so I'm having another look at some of my older photos. A good plan, since there are so few new ones, eh?

Single frame tone mapped in HDR Efex Pro 2, high-pass sharpening layer, levels adjustment layer. Done.

Prague photos have been moved to this album:

#Prague #Travel #NIKsoftware #Tonemapped #Tonemapping