Even More Atlanta Skyline

posted by tucker

So I am suffering from “lack-of-new-material” syndrome again, which means you get to see more Atlanta skyline! In my ideal world, I’d be able to post a picture every day from a different shoot, basically exactly what Trey Ratcliff does… unfortunately I do not make a living traveling the world taking HDRs, so I must make do with what I have. Speaking of Trey Ratcliff, I have recently become a part of his spinoff-website, HDRspotting. It is, as you might guess, a community for people who like creating and looking at HDR in all forms. Members can upload one HDR a day, and editors review the submissions, essentially admitting everything, but choosing to “feature” some and even designate some as “editors picks.” If you want to see a TON of HDR (both good and bad…) check it out, its well worth browsing. The editors seem to favor church interiors, as literally ever single one that gets submitted ends up being featured, if not an editor’s choice. Maybe they are afraid of provoking divine wrath if they do not show their adoration for houses of worship….? No church interiors for me, but you can see what I have submitted here.

Anyway, these are from a few weeks ago, shot from the ever popular location of Paul’s roof. I had posted a cityline HDR taken with the 70-200mm zoom, but from a different location. Usually, HDR does not work well very low light (ie, night) like this because the long exposure ensures that most areas of the shot are exposed, but with a city there are so many different light sources that it actually works pretty well to get tone in the sky and from all of the artificial light. Using the 200mm lens allowed me to really pick a part of the skyline and, well, zoom in on it… but this can make composition hard. I prefer the 16-35 for HDRs, but occasionally, different can be fun! I’ve been seeing a lot of black and white HDRs on HDR Spotting, so I decided maybe I’d give it another shot. There are also a lot of great HDR panoramas, but I haven’t yet found the perfect scene to attempt this feat… perhaps when I am in Hawaii for Christmas break I will be lucky enough to find just the perfect place.

That odd line in the fog to the upper left was really there, it is not an artifact of the process! I was tempted to remove it but I kinda like its oddness.

The black and white version of the same image. I like this one better, it reminds me kinda of something out of Sin City.

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