A little while ago I posted a photo I had taken during my trip to Utah of the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork on the morning before the start of the Festival of Colors. This photo was fun to shoot because it had so many elements that I enjoy shooting. A beautiful temple building. Some wispy clouds. The kind of lighting that a sunrise can give. A reflective body of water and an unplanned model. He he. So with all that said I thought I’d give you a look at a before and after of this shot. Here, take a look:
For this shot I went with a 5 exposures at 1 stop in between each exposure shot with my Nikon D3S. I’ve been using this camera for the last few months and I’ve absolutely enjoyed the dynamic range it gives me for my photos now. The photos I used for my “before” example was the middle exposure from the set and has not been processed aside from cropping. The shot itself isn’t bad and could probably look pretty decent with some work in Lightroom but I felt that HDR would work best here to bring out all of the colors and details from that morning. I wanted the morning blues to come out and fill the scene instead of it looking flat as it does in the before image. I also tried to bring out the details in the temple in the background as well as make some of the details in the foreground pop a bit and keep the viewers eye attracted as it followed the fence all around the little reflective pond there.
And of course I cleaned up some of the dust spots that were a result of a dirty sensor. On a side note I’ve recently had the sensors on my cameras cleaned at a Nikon Service Center in Japan. More about that in a future post. He he.
So there you have it. Another before and after look at one of my favorite photos so far from this year. I hope you enjoyed seeing this comparison and please feel free to leave comments to ask me more about this shot. I’ll be happy to answer your questions.
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