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This is one of those images I had to wait four years to process to finally achieve the look I intended from the beginning.
I took this photo during a mid-August visit to New York. It was one of the hottest days of the year, with the temperature way above 30°C and with 100% humidity. It was probably the worst weather for any photography; the air was hot and hazy, and everything looked dull and grey without any shadows or highlights. I was taking photos without much hope of producing anything interesting.
Back at home, I tried to process my raw images using Lightroom, Photoshop, and Nik tools, but I did not manage to get anything decent out of them. I gave up and considered my 2010 New York trip a photo disaster.
Four years later, the advances in HDR Photography processing changed everything. I took 3 original bracketed photos I had taken from the Brooklyn Bridge back in 2010, processed them in Photoshop HDR Pro, and then edited the 32bit merged TIFF files in Lightroom (see my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow”).
Here is the result.
Deconstructing Featured Photo
- Camera: Canon 60D
- Lens: Sigma 17-70mm
- Focal Length: 70mm
- ISO: 100
- Aperture: F6.3
- Shutter Speed: 1/250s
- Bracketing: 3 shots (-1, 0, +1)
- Tripod: hand-held
Lightroom: import, tagging, export to Photoshop HDR Pro
Photoshop: 3 exposures ( -1, 0, +1) used to tone map image, 32-bit tiff image was saved to Lightroom (see my free guide “Natural Looking HDR Workflow”)
Lightroom: straightening, perspective correction, export as PSD image
Photoshop: cleaning, masking foreground objects
– Topaz DeNoise helped to eliminate noise (sky, clouds ).
– Topaz Detail was used to enhance details in foreground elements (buildings, bridge)