Exposed at Cloud Gate

Posted by Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 24 September 2009 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

No, not that kind of exposed. But in reference to what I felt I was limited to when I was utilizing 5 different JPEG photos taken at different exposure levels for HDR imaging. Now I couldn't exactly tell the hundreds of people surrounding Cloud Gate (The Bean) to freeze while I take 5 snapshots. I thought I solved that problem after investing in a DSLR camera only to find out that my camera provides Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB) only at maximum steps of 0.77 (-0.77, 0 , and 0.77), which provided little, if any, noticeable results. I always took exposure levels in 1.0 full step in increments of -2, -1, 0, 1, and 2. But then it dawned on me that I could take one RAW photo and have that processed through my HDR program, Photomatix.

I've been told of another program Topaz Adjust, which is supposed to be something similar to the Photomatix program I currently use. I'll be checking out their free trial version download soon.

Overall, I still thought that this was a cool shot. It provides ghostly images of the people. The woman in orange really stood out in numerous spots. :-)

Photo taken July 29, 2009.

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Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Amazing composition!

24 Sep 2009 8:12am

zOOm from Paris, France

So that's it ! You're using Photomatix. I'm using Topaz !
Great rendering once again Steven ! Bravo. As I said HDR is really ideal for arhitecture. Revealing and enhancing colors and shapes. Well done again.

24 Sep 2009 8:53am

Samin from Wonderland, Iran

Really Great !

24 Sep 2009 10:23am

Luis Ameller from Menorca, Spain

I actually find ir great to appreciate the movement of people, it gives an architecture shot life & dynamisn in my opinion.

24 Sep 2009 10:29am

Elora from Genoa, Italy

wow this is really cool. I like the reflections in the bubble thing and the ghosting of the people! Wonderfully done!

24 Sep 2009 11:01am

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

this is an excellent shot, wonderful something out of a dream :)

24 Sep 2009 11:16am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I've experimented with one RAW file and Photomatix, I used the RAW file to make five .jpg copies at differing exposures, I'll post the result after my Great North Run series coming up soon. Your series has been pretty spectacular.l

24 Sep 2009 12:17pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Very creative. Well done.

24 Sep 2009 1:48pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Steven, I wanna' go play with The Bean!
I like the effect you got with this, makes the Bean look even more unique.
I have never tried using one RAW file to make an HDR image, I will give it a try soon.

24 Sep 2009 1:53pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

SUPER effects . I LOVe that !!

24 Sep 2009 3:33pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

BRILLIANT -- a perfect shot for this sort of processing!! its extra-dimensional!!!

24 Sep 2009 5:35pm

marc from granby, Canada

well done nice compo, you have a winner here....

24 Sep 2009 5:51pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Cool processing, well done!

24 Sep 2009 7:10pm

Lalena from Barcelona, Spain

Amazing picture!!! Well done. Funny and fresh :-)

24 Sep 2009 7:15pm

Mone from Sevilla, Spain

how! I have taken a photo as well but with different angle if you want to have a look! the bean is amazing!! I found very easy to play with the different possibilities to take a picture of this sculpture but I´ve never imagined that it is possible create photos like yours, it looks like a painting. Well done

24 Sep 2009 10:52pm

Barbara from Florida, United States

Awesome image. I like the multiple positions of each person. I agree, the woman in orange stood out for me as well.

25 Sep 2009 2:52am

Peter from Amsterdam, Netherlands

Love the shot, still life with movement

25 Sep 2009 7:31am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Yet another great HDR (quite apparent this time) -- looking back all the others are fantastic too.

26 Sep 2009 11:59pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

It's an interesting effect, though! If you want to get rid of people, try a ND filter that allows you to have much longer exposures, thus ignoring all people walking around.

28 Sep 2009 10:11am

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