52/2013 Week 26

Funny old week with a mixture of rain and sun. There have been some sunsets which looked promising then fizzled out to nothing. Take this one. The sun disappeared behind that big bank of cloud near the horizon and in the end the photograph was more about the cloud formation and the reflections.

This is an HDR image, but I have gone back to processing the images using the Merge to HDR plugin for Lightroom from HDRSoft. This is probably the easiest way of creating an HDR image for beginners but I like using the technique because it gives a very clean HDR image without noise.

For a very good tutorial on using the technique, follow this link to Essence in Photography and watch the video’s


15 thoughts on “52/2013 Week 26

  1. fgassette June 28, 2013 / 20:26




    • Mike Hardisty June 29, 2013 / 00:28

      Not the greatest of sunsets Francine, but the clouds and reflection make up for it


  2. Red Hen June 28, 2013 / 20:45

    I love this. I know nothing about photography, but like that this looks real. Maybe if you`d had full sunset it might have been more of a cliché.


    • Mike Hardisty June 29, 2013 / 00:33

      Thank you for commenting. I wanted it to look real. Although the sunset is not fantastic, the clouds and reflection make up for it, so maybe I was lucky, this time.


  3. stephenransome June 28, 2013 / 21:09

    If you have done any HDR on it Mike, it’s very subtle indeed. Very nice indeed.


    • Mike Hardisty June 29, 2013 / 00:35

      Hi Steve, the whole point of 32bit processing is to make the HDR look natural. Glad you liked it and thanks for confirming the redstart.


  4. Patti Kuche June 28, 2013 / 21:40

    Wonderfully rich reflection Mike but beautifully simple at the same time.


    • Mike Hardisty June 29, 2013 / 00:35

      I’m lucky to live on the right part of the coast, Patti.


  5. petspeopleandlife June 28, 2013 / 23:33

    I really really, like this process. It is more in keeping with how I think a photograph should appear.It has all the detail and crispness. However don’t misunderstand. That is not to say that the churches and cathedrals, etc are not super beautiful because that type of HDR processing or editing, is to me an entirely different ballgame.


    • Mike Hardisty June 29, 2013 / 19:52

      That’s the advantage of the process Yvonne. It does keep,it looking like a natural photograph but we get to see all of the dynamic range


  6. Mark Kertesz June 29, 2013 / 01:21

    This worked out very well. I think it’s a great capture. Best Mark


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