Sunday, February 13, 2011

HDR Sunrise in South Beach and HDR The Right Way

HDR photograph.
Here's an HDR image, some HDR photo tips, and some sunrise/sunset photo tips for today. Enjoy.

Middle exposure of three exposure set.
Title: Stars and Stripes
Location: Miami's South Beach, Florida
Exposures: 0, +2, -2 EV
Processing: Nik HDR Efex Pro  

Here are my original three images.
Tip: Shoot HDR images and non-HDR images. Walk around a subject and look for other picture opportunities. I like my HDR image of this lifeguard stand in South Beach, but I also like the way the direct light softly illuminated the structure.

Sunrise (and sunset) photo tips:
• Place the sun off center.
• Don’t place the horizon line in the center of the frame.
• Use a foreground element for scale.
• Want the sun small? Use a wide-angle lens.
• Wand the sun large? Use a telephoto lens.
• Get on site before sunrise.
• Shoot when the sun kisses the horizon line.

View of the lifeguard stand from the opposite side at sunrise.
Camera Info: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 17-40mm lens.

The Canon 17-40mm lens is my favorite lens for HDR photography. Info:
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Ultra Wide Angle Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras

Like this kinda of info? You’ll find it (and all my latest HDR images) in my next iPad app: Rick Sammon’s HDR Portfolio, due out in March 2011.

You will have get some good HDR info in the upcoming (March) “Battle of the HDR Photo Tips.” It’s Ratcliff vs. Sammon for a full week. Stay tuned for info. 

I am having an HDR Photo Day here in Croton-on-Hudson on May 28th - May 29th rain day. Shoot me an email if you want to join the HDR fun. $100 for the day. Twelve students max. Includes my HDR book. Bring your camera and laptop. HDR from start to finish. Email:

For discounts on the HDR programs and Plug-ins that I use, click here. You will need Photomatix, HDR Efex Pro and Topaz Adjust for the HDR Photo Day.

Here is a link to a post on HDR The Right Way.

Explore the light,

P.S. You'll find info on my current apps here.

No comments: