10 Stops on a Bridge – Attempt #1 – Question to my followers

Alright, so this was my first attempt with the 10 stop neutral density filter. It was a lot of fun: changing settings trying to get a perfect exposure. It’s definitely going to take a little getting used to. This is a bridge that a friend of mine brought to my attention. It’s an old bridge. It has a metal frame and wood flooring. Since it’s an older image, much like my images of the old governor’s mansion, I thought I would try a vintage look. I didn’t want to leave it at though. So, I made a regular B&W and the color version as well.

Also, the last image is the result of my typical Photomatix processing. I’m assuming it’s from the long exposure time because of the 10 stop filter. It was a windy day and the trees were moving. I couldn’t use the de-ghosting feature, because none of the exposures really felt right, and when trying to mask in a layer, it really didn’t work that well either. What have you guys used to accommodate for this? Any ideas/advice?

Chris Kenison Photography - 10 Stops on a Bridge

10 Stops on a Bridge

Chris Kenison Photography - 10 Stops on a Bridge

10 Stops on a Bridge - B&W

Chris Kenison Photography - 10 Stops on a Bridge

10 Stops on a Bridge


Distortion - Thoughts?

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February 7, 2011 - 8:21 am

Mike Olbinski I would probably just find a bracket that looks good enough and mask in most of it…at least the trees. When I’m doing HDR this way, my clouds will tend to end up maybe 50% HDR and 50% RAW file so I can get rid of ghosting. You don’t have a lot of dynamic range in your trees anyways, so perhaps just masking in a silhouette of them would eliminate all that distortion. Then you could just stylize the sky with a texture or color or something.

The importance here is the smoothness of the water itself, not the sky or the tree branches.
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February 7, 2011 - 8:25 am

Heather I like 2 & 3 the best…..I really like the subject too! I didn’t realize you could do things like this with ND filters. I need to get mine out and play with them more….

February 7, 2011 - 10:22 am

Jim Denham I like the vintager look in shot #3. I agree with Mike (I think he was the one who told me this before), just grab a RAW file and mask in the trouble spots. Nice first effort!
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February 8, 2011 - 6:14 am

Chris @Everyone – Thanks guys, for commenting and your thoughts.
@Mike Olbinski & Jim Denham – Yeah, I tried to mask in the original brackets, but I would have had to mask the entire sky in. If I was going to do that, I’d probably just de-ghost the sky. But, didn’t really see any reason to make it an HDR image if I did that as the main benefit of doing HDR in this case was bringing the dark, colorful sky in from a lower exposure into the image.

February 8, 2011 - 8:54 pm

todd Distortion at 200%, but it looks fine in the original image. Nice work.

February 8, 2011 - 9:32 pm

Chris Thanks Todd!

February 7, 2011 - 8:55 am

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February 8, 2011 - 12:01 am

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