Sahsima in White
Taking what I learned about using HDR to get the creamy water effect I have applied the method to some old jpeg brackets from last year. These shots were taken on the last day of 2011, not long after dawn, of Sahsima the transformer stone on Harling Point. I took quite a few exposures, trying for nice water. And I did not do too badly but did not get the effect I was after. I only posted one image from many taken that morning, but none from these brackets, I don’t think.
These are two versions from the same set of 8 exposures (though in fact there are only 6 with unique exposure values and thus I am not sure if the two ‘extras’ were discarded – see my more detailed note about this in yesterday’s post). I was not actually bracketing my shots, but just trying different exposures. The morning was already quite well advanced by the time I took these and the longest exposure possible with my gear at that time was 9 seconds. Even so, the HDR has produced an effect in the water reminiscent of a much longer exposure. I did not have an ND filter when these were taken, but did use a polarizing filter to cut one or two stops out. So, this is a useful exercise as well – to see that without a neutral density filter, or an off camera timer nor even a very early start, one can still get these nice effects with bracketing and HDR processing. I think that is good to know.
Canon 5Dii, Canon 50/1.4 lens, ISO100, f-22, brackets at 2.5, 3.2, 4, 5, 6 and 9 seconds, polarizing filter