Watch as this HDR Image Takes Shape

HDR is a funny thing, it can be a real show stopper. I have been introduced to a group of photographers and when I say I shoot mostly HDR you should see their faces… it’s priceless! When I show them my work they soon see that I have learnt how to make my HDR look more natural. In fact, a lot of them say that if they had not been told it was HDR they would not always be able to pick it. The reason people have made a judgement about HDR is that there is a lot of bad HDR out there. Mine was terrible in the beginning, and I thought I was the bomb when it came to making HDR. These days I look back on some of my early work and realise it is ghastly!

Many of you have asked me to share with you what it takes to do the ‘Photoshop Clean up’ after creating a HDR image. This is a really quick way for me to show you what it takes to create an image, this is sped up about 5 times faster so that gives you an idea of how long it takes me… enjoy!

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Today’s iCandy – The Devils Cauldron

I headed to Whale Beach. In particular I wanted to check out the Devils Cauldron, I have seen a few photo’s of it but never headed there in person to check it out, the tide needs to be low at the same time as sunrise for it to work, making this spot one of those you have to plan for. After 20 minutes of rock hopping and only one small slip over on the slippery mossy stuff… I managed to make it. The sunrise was quick due to the lack of clouds in the sky, I will definitely head back here to have another go although I was happy with this.

Devils Cauldron

The Technical Mumbo Jumbo

[tabbed tabs=”Camera|Mode|ISO|Aperture|Shutter|Lens|Filter|Other info”] [tab] I used my trusty D800 for this one [/tab] [tab] I used Aperture Priority (aka AV) [/tab] [tab] ISO100 – I always shoot as low as possible [/tab] [tab] f22 – This gave me a slower shutter speed [/tab] [tab] 1 second – this makes sure I captured the water movement [/tab] [tab] Nikon 14-24mm lens [/tab] [tab] I used my Lee SW150 kit with a 0.9ND Hard Graduated Filter [/tab] [tab] All I have done is sharpen things a little in Lightroom 4, added clarity, vibrance and contrast. I removed a few dust bunnies with the spot removal tool [/tab] [/tabbed]

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