Last Tuesday the assignment for Bay Area Photography Club was a photo taken at night. I have not done much night photography so I was very interested in seeing what I could do. I had tons of ideas of what would be neat, but because of laziness and lack of skill, I did none of my great ideas. Take me at my word, all fifty of my great ideas were definitely world class photos.
Today’s photo is of the “a, a” sculpture at the University of Houston. I had seen the sculpture while taking some portraits of outstanding students for the university. I wanted to capture all the details so I took nine shots at one-stop increments. I custom set the white balance in my camera so that the lights would take on a warmer glow.
Camera settings: Nikon D3x, Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8 at 20mm, ISO 200, f/8 and with shutter speeds (nine exposures in one-stop increments) from 1/4th of a second to 30 seconds on a tripod.
Nik HDR Pro—combined and tone mapped six images.
Photoshop CS5—removed a crane and a couple red flowers that were distracting, used lens correction filter to straighten building’s distortion and sharpened image using the high pass filter method.