The Bean – Black & White

I’m amazed how often people click on my blog because they are searching for information on Chicago’s “The Bean” (its real name is Cloud Gate).  I’ve posted this image before in color but honestly have never been happy with the look of the sky.  Here’s the picture in black and white.  I think I’m finally happy with the sky and background.

Leica M9-P Leica 21mm super-elmar, 7 exposure HDR


The other end of the fountain – HDR necessary?

I read somewhere on the web that the Nikon D800E dynamic range was so great, that shooting HDR (blending multiple images together to increase tonal range) was unnecessary.  This image was one image but edited in HDR Efex 2 so that I could use their tonal range processor.  I believe I have to agree that the need for HDR to get such a large tonal range is probably not needed?

P.S.  I posted the original picture (click thumbnail).  Also, I posted a previous picture of the front of this fountain here.

ISO 100 1/125 sec f4 14mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, Aperture 3.3, PS 6, HDR Efex 2)

The Bean – revised

Often times I process an image and then decide later that it was not up to par or wasn’t what I really hoped it to be.  This image is a perfect example.  My prior post, when you look into “the bean” the sky is blown out.  I don’t know why I didn’t pay attention to this before but like anything else, I learned from my mistake.

P.S.  I plan on having my “what’s in my bag” video up in the next few days.

 ISO 1/125s f3.4 21mm super elmar (7 exposure HDR, edited with Photomatix, PS6, & Aperture)

Purchase picture here.


If you didn’t see my video discussing my typical settings for my Olympus OM-D yesterday, you can find it here.

Here is another picture taken at Millennium Park.  I personally think the art and memorials at the park are well put together.  Here is another one.

ISO 200 f4 7mm (Olympus OM-D, Panasonic G Vario 7-14mm f4, HDR, Photomatix, Photoshop CS 6, Aperture)

Demolished Church (soon to be)

 My brother-in-law drove me around the back roads of Southern Illinois looking for old churches and homes.  We came across this church that was originally built-in the late 1800’s.  Unfortunately, it will soon be demolished because it is no longer in use (this is a common occurrence in this part of the U.S.).

P.S. This is my first attempt of a HDR with the Nikon D800E (9 exposures).

ISO 100 f8 14mm (Nikon D800E, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, HDR Efex 2, Color Efex 4, Photoshop CS6, Apple Aperture)


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