This week I wanted to emphasize on "filling the frame". My unofficial theme was composition simplification through magnification. You can find my weekly progress here. All the shots were taken on a 55-250mm macro lens. Even though I tried to focus mostly on abstract compositions, I couldn't stop myself from snapping a few street shots here and there...
Of all the pictures, the one below was my personal favorite this week. Our office has always had a very nice sunset. As I was walking out of the office this particular day, I spotted the Sun setting behind a tall building, creating a glowing backdrop. I took a few sample shots through the window. They looked amazing. I quickly ran out of the office to look for a better angle. Few minutes later, this picture was taken. I was lucky enough to have caught the sunlight peeking through the building. It's the reason I picked this photo as my picture of the week.
This is an HDR shot composed three different exposures using auto-bracketing. I just happened to walk into this beautiful sunset on Thursday night. :) I've been experimenting with Lightroom's HDR photo merge feature. Here are some random tidbits I find useful when taking HDR pictures:
Lightroom's HDR merge is really one of the simplest HDR tools out there. I personally don't prefer over-processed HDR images. I like HDR pictures with a more "natural" look. With Lightroom's HDR tool, it simply extends the dynamic range of my picture and gives me a lot more room to play with the shadows and highlights. It's easy to use and works great with my workflow.
This secret tunnel connecting BART to Montgomery 44 was a much talked about subject this week at work. I figured I'd check it out myself. I had already seen some pictures of the tunnel on Flickr, so I had an idea of the types of pictures that I could shoot. This picture captured the mood I wanted to show for the tunnel. It has been edited quite a bit in Lightroom to achieve its look. Before I shot this picture, I tried to visualize the look I'd like it to have after editing. For better or worse, digital editing has definitely change how I approach a picture in-camera.
This is my favorite shot of the week. I took it during an evening around my neighborhood. It was a combined shot of two 30-second consecutive shots using my Canon 70D's in-camera multiple-exposure. The Canon 70D has a slowest shutter speed of 30s without going into bulb mode. By using an averaged double-exposure, I was able to captured an 1 minute exposure without the need of going into bulb mode with a remote or using an ND-filter. This longer exposure allowed me to capture the movement of the clouds as well as couple of cars driving by. These elements made an otherwise boring picture a bit more dramatic.
This week I set out to learn about double-exposures. The picture was taken using in my Canon 70D's in-camera double-exposure mode and edited in Lightroom. Finding interesting silhouette and background to combine was definitely a challenge. I'll need a lot more practice with this technique. For now, this is the best picture I got for this week.If you're interested in learning more about this technique, check out these videos: