Window To The Sea - (HDR San Juan, Puerto Rico)

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tripod ninja


This is a room from Castillo de San Cristóbal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. It’s a fantastic location for HDR Photography and they are (very) tripod friendly. If you travel a lot and take photos, you’ve probably noticed that this is usually not the case. A lot of museums and historical sites don’t allow photography with tripods.


In fact, I’ve been stuck shooting Handheld HDR so often that I’ve created a speedy little work flow for it. I've also been called a human tripod because... Never mind, bad joke. Anyway, check out the Handheld HDR tutorial for more info.


Usually, I carry a tripod everywhere I go unless I know for a fact that the location won’t allow it. Often, I’m greeted at the door by the soup nazi from Seinfeld, “No Tripod For YOU!” On those occasions, I politely tell (lie) them that I promise not to set it up... Let’s just say, I’m like a tripod ninja with the quick releases.


So, if you can use a tripod, cool. If not, it’s not a deal breaker. Handheld HDR can still be a valid solution.




Technical Mumbo Jumbo:


- Nikon D700 - Nikkor 14-24 f/2.8@ 14mm f/5.6 Iso: 100

- 5 Exposure Brackets (-2,-1,0,1,2)

- HDR Photography Processing & Tone Mapping using Photomatix Pro

- Post Processing & Color Correction in Photoshop

- Enhanced detail with Nik Software Sharpener Pro

- Sharpened Edges with Topaz InFocus

- Used the Photoshop High Pass Filter

- No Soup For You!




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Taken on April 2, 2011