I have finally done it, I have signed up to one of these social networks. No, still not on Facebook (you know it is the work of the…) but instead I signed up on Google+. I have been reading blogs from some photographers and from them I have understood Google+ is really cool, especially for photographers. I’m not going to go into details and to be honest, since I’ve never been on any social network I don’t really understand why one is better then the other but I will take these peoples word for it. Anyway, one major reason for joining is 1: easy access to loads of inspiration since it is really easy to find great photographs (as it has become a photographer hangout) and 2: I’m hoping to in some way at some point learn how to make the most of Google+ and that way start to get some feedback on my photography. It’s not that I don’t appreciate the comments I get here, I really do (sis, dad, I promise I do!) but the number of people that mange to find my blog AND leave a comment is, well, not too many.  Anyway, at the moment I guess most photos I will post there I will also post here but I can see that maybe Google+ is suitable for randomly posting a photo whenever so we will see.

Ok, enough about entering into the hmmm… wonderful? world of social networks. After spending the last week in front of my computer working I decided to head out. By the way, when I say “working” I mean mostly “real” work but also a bit with photos and website stuff, you might have noticed I’ve (finally according to some…) changed my header image. I also added the possibility to get notified by email when I post something new, just enter your email in the field to the right and click “subscribe” (I’m hoping with this post I will get a verification if it actually works). I was also trying out a feature I hadn’t seen before, “continue reading”. It’s basically limiting the length of the post on the “blog home” page and to read the whole post you simply click the title on top or the “continue reading” link just below.

I guess this means you found the link…

Anyway, as I had to run some errands in the city center I thought I could mix business with pleasure so I brought my camera. I have been wanting to try some HDR stuff but haven’t really gotten to it yet. For those of you that doesn’t know what that is, it’s when you take several images of the same scene but with different exposure so that you can capture both very dark shadows AND very bright highlights. The images are then combined in the computer and you get an image with details both in the highlights and in the shadows. Basically, have you ever taken a photo where the whatever you are photographing looks great but the sky is just completely white? Or the other way around, the sky looks great but the rest of the scene is completely dark. This is when HDR can be used to get both the sky and the rest of the scene. Anyway, you can Google it if you want to know more.

So I tried it a bit today but I have to be honest, I’m not convinced (probably because I still don’t really know the best way of doing it). I think I have to study up a bit before trying this. I have seen some amazing HDR images, some very surreal but some very “real” so maybe with a bit of practice I can improve. anyway, here is the result today.

First, the “correct exposure” (according to the camera and the settings I had at the time) and an overexposed exposure that allowed me to get details in the shadows:

 

And then the HDR (for which I used five exposure):

I think you can see that it has a certain glow or something. This is and “HDR effect” and can be made very pronounced (surreal look) or more subtle, I was going for a subtle but still visible HDR effect. As I said, I’m not sure about how I feel about the result but I will give it some more shoots before I decide. I kind of like the black and white version more.

Anyone has any thoughts on the matter?

I did snap a few more photos on my way from the harbor area of Gothenburg to the tram to take me back home.

Ok, that’s it for now. I mentioned some new things about my blog, let me know if you have any thoughts about that and also, if you have any thoughts about HDR.

It’s 10 pm here so I guess it’s time for dinner.

2 Comments. Leave your Comment right now:

  1. by Hnutz

    Did you follow the guy from the harbour to the coffee shop??? Both are really nice shots. I like the HDR of the Opera too, and I´m looking fwd to seeing more surreal ones as well!

    • by Peter

      When you pointed it out I realized it might seem like the same person but it’s actually not, I didn’t stalk that poor guy :)

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