Kiss Her Again

Canon 60D, Tamron 17-50mm f2.8, f10, ISO100, 17mm, HDR, 5 Exposures (-2EV to +2EV)


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!


  1. Chris Nitz November 28, 2012 at 6:13 AM #

    Wow, now that is an impressive piece of art. The talent it took to draw this out on two different depth planes is crazy cool. Fantastic eye and find, Jim!

    • Jim November 28, 2012 at 6:21 AM #

      I know, right! I was blown away at it! Appreciate the support bud!

  2. Rachel Cohen November 28, 2012 at 7:14 AM #

    Cool shot Jimmy! Nice find! :)

    • Jim November 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM #

      Thanks Rachel!

  3. Bob Lussier November 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM #

    Nice find, Jim! It really took some imagination to create it and you’ve captured it nicely.

    You are right about HDR here … The textures you brought out make it.

    • Jim November 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM #

      Thanks for the kind words Bob!

  4. Toad Hollow Photo November 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM #

    This is so, so terrific!!! Not only was this obviously a huge challenge for the original artist, but it would have been for you to compose it as well! This is one of those shots that would have to have perfect composition to pull it off well, and you have CERTAINLY done this here, Jim! Love this shot, I am blown away at it!!

    • Jim November 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM #

      Ah, thanks for the kind words Toad! It really was a great find!

  5. Edith Levy November 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM #

    Wonderfully composed and processed Jimmy. I love these kinds of scenes.

    • Jim November 29, 2012 at 4:02 AM #

      Thanks Edith, me too!

  6. ChrisdMRF November 29, 2012 at 1:06 AM #

    Great piece of art, cool find Jim. Processing works well here

  7. Chris Maskell November 29, 2012 at 1:17 AM #

    Great find Jim, processing really brings it to life as well.

    • Jim November 29, 2012 at 4:03 AM #

      Thanks Chris, appreciate that!

  8. Stacy Butera November 29, 2012 at 4:34 AM #

    Jim…That is a cool piece of street art!

    • Jim November 29, 2012 at 5:58 AM #

      Stacy, you are correct! Appreciate the comment!

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