Good to see you again GS, congrats on the household addition.
Here's a picture taken in the gardens of Vila d'Este in Tivoli, Italy.
It's an HDR, or rather, a blend of two exposures. I hardly ever use the HDR techniques I used in the past anymore, because the techniques fail to give me the image quality I want in most situations.
This one was blended using the following technique:
One picture, the brighter exposure was edited to optimize the foreground (and thus had a completely blown out sky). The second picture was edited to optimise the sky. However, around the edges between sky and land I used color control points to locally give the picture the same color as the brighter picture (only a lot more noisy).
After that they were blended in Photoshop, which was quite easy since around the edge, both pictures were very similar. I think this technique is a lot more relieable and also faster than the techniques I used in the past.
It's good to be back DPR, I have missed it... and Carter (My Son) is amazing! He is such a blast, and a great subject to shoot with my new camera!
Dennis, thats a lovely photo of my house ;)
Here is one of several shots of a recent sunset after a snowstorm of a few inches. We were on the fringes of a costal storm that dropped more East of us in the NYC area.
Took some time off work and went to Vancouver. I took my used Nikkor 14-24 lens for a spin and got some pretty decent shots out of it. Here's one of the Canada Place in downtown Vancouver in HDR: