HDR

The Generator Room

Here’s a shot from one of my explores to an awesomely dilapidated old generator building at an abandoned sanitarium near Berlin, Germany. It’s the kind of place just screaming out for High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography.  For this shot, I used the new Aurora HDR 2018 to bring the eight brackets together, before finishing things off in Luminar.  I suppose I could have done most of the edits in Aurora, but I’ve gotten so used to Luminar for my final touches. I began recording a screencast tutorial for this one, but then ended up spending more time on the edit and thought you all might be bored with a longer video.  So, I suppose that begs the question: how long a video tutorial is best for folks?  Five minutes?  Ten?  More? Less?  Let me know your thoughts.  Oh, and what software is the best for such screencast tutorials? Screenflow? Something else?

A little bit of this…

… and a little bit of that.  That’s basically how I approach my post-processessing work (the editing of the images) when it comes to my photography.  For example, I talked about the new Aurora HDR 2018 software the last couple of days, but for me to be truly finished with one of my photographs, in this case, I typically employ more than just one pieces of software.  Today’s shot is a great example: I used the beta version of the new Aurora HDR 2o18 the merge the five separate images (which capture the various levels of light I encountered at the location) into one base file, made a few slider adjustments to spice it up just a tiny bit, and then exported the file into Luminar (another Macphun product).  In Luminar, I used a few filters, selectively brushing the effect into the parts of the photograph where I wanted them.  And that was it. By the way, I’ll discuss both Aurora HDR 2018 and Luminar in greater detail here on the blog, as well as in upcoming video tutorials on my YouTube Channel.

American Psycho

I know I’ve said this before, but it’s dang creepy exploring abandoned asylums on your own, particularly when you come across a scene like this.  Who knows what lurks behind the next turn… a zombie, an angry specter, or, worse still, a psycho!

The Throne Room

I shot cool old chair during my recent second solo visit to the abandoned asylum in the woods, this time visiting several buildings as part of my continued mapping of the complex, as well as part of my continued breaking-in of my recently acquired Sony NEX 7.  So far, this is probably my favorite of the shots I’ve post-processed at this location, though I have some other cool ones that might trump.  BTW, I’m still hunting for an abandoned wheel chair as I have yet to shoot one during an URBEX!

The Wooden Stairs to Nowhere

I’m not entirely sure why this is the case, but I find myself, more often than not, failing to post-process my HDR brackets as promptly and as quickly as I should.  Typically, I’ll end up only working on a few sets of many hundred sets I may have harvested on a particular trip.  It’s always a treat for me to go back to my archives to dig up some long forgotten brackets to work them up, finally, and to share them with all of you.  This is one of those shots that almost did not see the light of day because I had forgotten them on one of the hard-drives I had unceremoniously tossed into a corner.  This happen to any of you out there?  I imagine I’m not alone on this.

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