The Speed of Light - Redux

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  1. Roy Hubbard

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    Revival of a photo I took last year while I was dabbling with HDR. I didn't do much retouching beyond HDR conversion last year, but this is a more accurate representation of how it felt to me at 2 in the morning last June.

    8 exposures between 30sec and 1/2sec @f/5.6 ISO 100

    Combined and processed using Photoshop CS3's native Merge to HDR function.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Looks neat to me.....wish I could do stuff like that......MIke
     
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    nice, what filter did you use during edit in ps if you dont mind me asking? the lights look great.
     
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    Glad you like it!

    The processing was mostly a bunch of curves adjustment layers set to different blending modes with lots of masking. I used a high pass filter for sharpening, and applied a technique called the Orton Effect. The lights are able to look the way they do because of the detail preserved by the darker exposures.

    I just realized how much I suck at explaining my workflow :meh:
     
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    I'm usually not a huge fan of HDR, but I really like this shot. I wouldn't have thought to use Orton here, but I think it works really well. Nice job.
     
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    Thanks very much for your thoughts.

    Yeah, HDR has picked up a certain stigma with all the wild tone mapping it's often associated with. The pure technique itself is a very effective means of pushing the limitations of the medium.
     
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    I like that photo as well. It reminds me of a stretch of the Garden State by Newark.
    And I can feel it is 2am :D
     
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    Maybe I'll have to give that spot a visit :D

    I love this kind of shot.
     
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    Very cool. Great job!
    I love all the subtle color differences. You don't expect it...
     

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