This was taken a while back when I want to Kaohsiung, Tainan. It was actually taken after my breakfast, I left my DSLR in the room and I only had my point & shoot with me. The view and light was excellent and so I just shot the photo in Panorama mode in the Sony DC (it was a TX-10), the result was pretty pleasing.
I did some post processing adding some noise and tweaked with some curves to get the film effect.
As cliche as it is, the best camera is the camera you have with you; of course you can say you will return to the place 30 mins later, a day later, a week later… but it will never be the same, so shoot it when you see it. Even your camera on your smartphone will suffice…
I just got a copy of the new Lightroom last week, and started using their new developing tools. At first I thought it is more of a renaming exercise, where the “recovery” bar is gone… yet after a while, I realise the changes made a lot of sense, and its much more intuitive to use.
The above photo was post-processed in LR only, reducing the highlights by almost -100 (this automatically did the recovery a la Lr3). Also I boosted the shadows by around 30. Added a graduated exposure filter for the sky, boosted the clarity and vibrance. This got me a slight HDR feel with high contrast and strong colours. Obviously the beautiful scenery of the New Swan Castle also helped.
Give it a go with the new Lightroom, you may actually like it over the existing version.
We see a lot of HDR photos on the net, and most of them have exaggerated colours. What about HDR in B/W? I am never a big fan of HDR as I am not a post-processing fanatic. I like to frame my photos during my shoot, and try to achieve the final shot almost straight out of the camera. Of course at this digital age, it is always tempting to boost the contrast here, correct some saturation there, tuning the curves and levels in PS etc. Yet I am a strong believer of pre-shot planning rather than post-shot processing.
The above photo was taken in Prague, and it is an 3 stop HDR without tripod. I manage to capture the sun beams through the clouds which in the the low exposure shot. I only used the Photoshop HDR merge function rather than Photo Matix or other plug-ins.
Never tried HDR? Go ahead and search on YouTube and there will be millions of tutorials on this topic, you may not use it all the time, but it is certainly handy to equip yourself with different techniques to make sure you have the largest chance to capture the perfect shot.