Thursday, August 20, 2009

Thursday Arch Series

An exercise: this photo has a close relative appearing today on GATEWAY. They are parts of a seven image sequence of the same subject, shot at 2/3 stop intervals from -2 stops to +2 stops. The aperture remained the same and the shutter speed varied. They were intended to become part of a seven layer HDR of the Arch. However, when I blended them in Photomatix, the sky came out with a marked box-shaped weave pattern in. It looked like fabric. Actually, it looked terrible. If any HDR experts can explain that I'd appreciate it.

So, I started playing with the individual pictures in the sequence. This one was -2 stops (ISO 100, f 6.3, 1/800 sec., spot metering). I always shoot in RAW so I could mess around with the image a lot. This is what came out.

Click to see the companion photo on GATEWAY. Which do you prefer, assuming that either one does something for you?


Virginia said...

This one gets my vote. The sky is an odd blue and I think that's what I like. We need to chat about RAW sometime.

TheRandomTraveler said...

I like the one in color better...I guess I am just not a fan of black and white....

nathalie in avignon said...

The b&w version on Gateway doesn't work for me at all. It's bland and lacks any punch at all. This one is MUCH better.
But the "detour" one of August 10th is a little gem - so humorous!