They call Me Trinity

Here’s another non-URBEX shot, this time of a cool little Russian Orthodox I found, yesterday, at the top of a hill just inside the woods in Potsdam, Germany.  It being Sunday today, I knew yesterday when I saw this place that I would process it for today.  This one, as you can probably tell, is a tilt-shift shot, for which I used one of my favorite “special-effects” lenses, the Nikkor 24mm PC-E.  By the way, to get this shot, I shifted the lens all the way up (so I could fit the whole church in there and maintain the straight lines), tilted the lens as far left as it would go (to get maximum tilt effect), and opened the lens as wide as it would go (f/3.5) so I had max blur beyond the point of focus.  Go extreme, or go home, eh?

Can you dig it?

Had the chance to run around the Potsdam, Germany area a bit today, looking for some interesting things to shoot.  Being a huge Tonka fan (back when they were made of metal and lots of sharp edges), I just had to run out into this construction zone to shoot this fella.  Can you dig it?


A Bridge to Freedom

Remember the Cold War?  Well, if you are at all interested in that part of history, then you may have heard of Glienecke Bridge (Glienecker Brücke in German), one of the few places in the world where Blue and Red stood toe-to-toe.  This bridge to freedom, which spans the Havel river between Berlin (on the far side of this photo) and Potsdam (where I stood to take this shot) was also known as the “Bridge of Spies”, a place the U.S. and Russian would sometimes meet up to swap spies.

Alone in the dark

I’m one of those guys who loves being alone in the dark, and I surround myself in darkness whenever I can.  My office is dark, my study is dark, and I suppose my pictures are dark as well.  I think if you look at my body of work, you can see what I mean.  Not that I can’t shoot and process other stuff, but I prefer that kind of work… at least at the moment.  So today I thought I’d let you all take a peek behind the scenes of my workflow to see how how post-process my HDR work.  As you’ll see in the video, I’m a big fan of HDRSoft’s Photomatix Pro, when it comes to pulling my brackets together and tone-mapping my HDR.  So, without further ado, here is the final image and, below that, the video that shows you of how I got there.  Let me know what you think!  (BTW, I’d be grateful if someone could clue me in to how I can properly and center the the video I have up on vimeo with the photo in this blog. I’m using wordpress with P3 and, for some reason, every time I center the video using the ‘Align Center’ radio button, the video disappears and is replaced with only a text link to the video .  Thanks in advance.)

(EDIT: Since posting this, this fine folks at HDR Soft have allowed me the privilege of offering to all of you the coupon code FOTOFREQHDR . That will save you 15% on your purchase of the fantabulous Photomatix Pro (this also works for purchases of Photomatix Pro Plus Bundle, Photomatix Light, Photomatix Plug-In for Apple Aperture, and their Tone Mapping Plug-In for Photoshop CS2/3/4/5.  All you have to do is type the code FOTOFREQHDR or fotofreqhdr into the “Coupon Code if available” box and you save some cold hard cash!)

Fotofreq’s HDR Post-Processing Workflow from fotofreq on Vimeo.

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