For the 1st time on lukezeme.com I am sharing a HDR before & after image using a slider on a single image. This has been something I’ve wanted to do for a while to share the magic of what HDR techniques can do. This HDR was made using Photomatix Pro 5 and if you choose to purchase a copy like me you can get a 15% discount using this link and coupon code “LukeZemePhotography”.
Why should I shoot HDR and what is it?!
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. HDR Photography is used to more accurately reproduce what is seen by the human eye. HDR techniques allow us to capture all the information in the highlights and shadows of a scene. Quite often you might see an image that has a white sky or black shadows and with HDR techniques we can capture all the information in these blown out areas. Since these images are closer representations to what we see with our eyes compared to standard digital images, they have the ability to make us have a more emotional response to them.
Museum Station image background
Underneath Sydney city is a myriad of train tunnels, a bit like the subway in NY or the London Underground. I love how their appearance has a lot of the old finishes in the tunnels and you feel like you are in the 1920’s … and then you pop up out into a contrasting modern city. This here is ‘Museum Station” located on the city loop line and its close to a lot of Sydney’s cultural attractions the art gallery of NSW being my favourite. I arrived at this station on this side of the tracks and thought it would be a great location to shoot a HDR image of the station. I slowly wandered up and down the platform looking for something to catch my eye and it turned out to be the Museum station sign on the right of the image. Shooting long exposure images requires a tripod and so for this bracket of images I had to setup my tripod. Because there wasn’t anyone on the platform I think the conductor allowed me to make my images, but when a train arrives a tripod can be a bit of a hazzard. I set up all my gear and began concentrating on what camera settings I needed to get the long blurred train you see on the other side of the platform. I made images of the train as it was arriving and went through the results as the train was on the platform and none of them were what I was after. So, I made the necessary adjustments so that the exposure times were even longer to get this effect. Then when it departed I was able to make another series of shots. I’m really happy with this result of the empty platform combined with the movement of the train.
Technical Mumbo Jumbo
- Camera: Nikon D800
- Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm
- Focal Length: 14mm
- Aperture: f/16
- Shutter Speed: 2.0, 4.0, 8.0, 15.0 and 30.0 second exposures
- ISO: 100
- HDR info: 5 images bracketed. -2, -1, 0, +1 & +2 EV
- Location: Sydney, Australia