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It’s been a couple of weeks since creating a color, HDR image got me excited, but I found one yesterday. Funny, it’s really not even my artwork either, but my eyes had to open and ready to see it, so I’ll take a little credit. This scene was found on the two drives that go under the lift bridge (on the land side of course) in Stillwater, MN. It was an overcast mid-day and I was trying to catch some long exposures along the St. Croix River and while walking under the bridge when part of this artwork caught my attention – actually, the graffiti ‘Kiss Her Again’ made me look initially. Then, as I moved back to see how to frame a shot, the big picture, literally, came into focus. A few pieces of chalk, a couple of open walls and an idea and this person, whoever it was, produced a pretty impressive piece of art. Truly impressive.
The tonal range did not call for a tone mapped image, but the tone mapping process really pulls out the textures and details of a scene so I threw 5 quick brackets together. Most of the stylizing was done in Perfect Effects, in the Movie Presets area, with some finishing up in Aperture.
I think I got a couple of black and whites to be proud of on this lunchtime adventure, but there’s no doubt that the star of the excursion is this color HDR. Glad my eyes were open to see it!