Photo of the week 2-1-2010

Our photo of the week this week is a reader submitted image. Thanks to Brandt Steinhauser for sharing your work! It’s an HDR image (high dynamic range) and for those of you who don’t know about HDR it is basically a way of allowing a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image. This is normally achieved by taking multiple exposures and then through different types of software merging the images to create one image with a really broad range of tones.

Ivy House Web

Here is the story behind the photo.

There is a little park near my office in NJ that I enjoy going to for lunch. The main feature of the park is this little house that is covered in ivy. If I was smart enough, I would have taken a picture of the placard on the house so that I could give you more information on the historical significance of the house. On this day I went to the park for lunch with the goal of capturing a nice HDR photo. My camera and I were drawn to this house immediately.

I photographed this house from pretty much every angle. The angle in this picture was the last angle that I shot it from and it turned out to be the best looking. Funny how that works. I was trying to avoid this angle as it was pretty much directly into the sun. I set my camera up on a tripod. Connected my cable release. Turned VR off. Set my focus to Manual. Set the camera to Aperture Priority mode. I dropped my exposure comp 2/3rds so I could get some detail from the sky. I bracketed 5 shots. I then put those shots through Photomatix and Topaz Detail. I wanted to go a little artsy with this one without going to far into grunge. It took awhile to find that right spot but I think I got it.

Tech: Nikon D5000, 18-105mm, f/8, 1/640, ISO 200


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Author: Mark

Mark is a fine art wedding and portrait photographer from Northern California. He has been passionate about photography since childhood and started his studio 12 years ago to bring a fresh style of photography to the wedding and portrait world.

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  1. Great job by a wonderful photographer!!

  2. very nice! I have to get into this dave hill thing! It’s stunning! hahahaha

  3. Hello
    That is an amazing photograph and I like this photograph very much.Its very interesting to know this story behind this photograph.You have done a great job and I do appreciate you.Thank you..

  4. Thank you all for you comments. I do appreciate it 🙂

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