Friday, April 20, 2012

"Colors Of The City”


"Colors Of The City”
©David A. Ziser

It was a perfect time to give it a try – in-camera HDR with my new Canon 5D Mark III.  The class was busy, photographing the models against the Cincy skyline and I was wondering from group to group answering questions, making suggestions and helping out where necessary.

The city scape was just beautiful with the lights reflecting off the shimmering water of the Ohio River.  I’m thinking, “I wonder what this would look like in HDR?”  I took a moment to brake away from Nicholas’ group who was working closest to the water and answer my own question.

I quickly switched the camera to HDR mode setting the exposure variation to AUTO and the HDR effect to ART BOLD. I lifted the camera to my eye, framed up the shot with the Tamron 28-300mm VC lens and pressed the shutter.  The camera fired off three shots in rapid succession as I handheld it steadily as it completed it exposure cycle.

During the processing cycle, which takes about 10 seconds, the camera is working it’s HDR magic - even self aligning the pixels from each image – to obtain the final result. It’s REALLY amazing technology!!!  3, 2, 1 – there it was the Cincinnati skyline in all its HDR glory. …. I was impressed!

Camera specs: Canon 5D Mark III, fitted with Tamron 28-300 VC lens at 42mm, F5.6 @ 1/80 second, ISO 6400.  Enjoy!  -David

p.s. Hey gang, it getting late in the afternoon, I ‘m on an energy low for the week. LaDawn and I have a few loose ends to wrap up from the class.  I’ll plan to post a re-cap of the week up over the next few days.  Have a great weekend and I’ll see you soon.  -David


  1. David, this image symbolically captures the magic of the whole week! Thanks again for everything!

  2. This is very well done HDR. Doesn't look artificial at all, looks very natural. That to me is the best way to do HDR. It makes the images different - beautifully realistic - instead of them having the affected look normally associated with HDR.

  3. Great shot, this camera seems impressive. I hardly think, though, that this shot is all camera! You make great photos and that brings out the best of the camera.