I recently joined the Twin Cities Photography and Photoshop Group, a MeetUp Group ( www.tcphotogroup). One of their recent MeetUps was night shooting along St. Paul's Smith Avenue Bridge. I was joined by around 12 other photographers for a fun 1 hour shoot. The weather was seasonal, in the high teens with little or no wind, so it was pretty comfortable. The only issue was cold feet, the result of wearing the wrong shoes.
Be sure to click on each image to enlarge it and see the detail.
Because it was next to impossible to get headlights and taillights streaking through the image at the same moment, I layered two separate images together (1 and 2 above). I took the taillight elements and part of the street and layered them onto the base image (4). I also layered in an exposure of the street lights (3) so they wouldn't look so blown out.
The following shot, of the St. Paul skyline, involved two processes. The first, HDR (High Dynamic Range), involved taking three different exposures, AEB (auto exposure bracketed) at 2 stops apart, with the camera set at ISO 400 and f/8. The base exposure was at 2 seconds, followed by 1/2 second, and the third at 8 seconds. A panoramic tripod head was used to shoot 4 separate views across the horizon for a total of 12 files used to complete the image.
Each set of 3 images was tonemapped using Photomatix Pro® and further enhanced using Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0®.
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