A while back I watched one of B&H’s video series for photographers, titled ‘Being Creative And Getting The Shot’ by Frank Doorhof (www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2YFm4UkD5I) a Dutch photographer who is not only talented and fun to listen to, but also brings a different perspective on American (and by extension Canadian) culture. The things we take for granted and ignore, he seeks out. What to us is mundane and common, he, and other Europeans, see as different and iconic North American cultural artifacts. For example, he photographs motel and shopping plaza signs, laundromats, and so on. I have been keeping this in mind as I walk around and am in the process of building up a series of images of what I see as our ordinary cultural artifacts, things that will likely change and vanish over time, much like similar things our parents and grandparents recall as being part of their everyday life, now gone. This is my take on one of those mundane things, a variety store, which, incidentally, is very different from what my elders recall as being the stores they referred to by the same term. These are kind of crowded, signs all over, lottery tickets, etc. promoted and of course, milk. Milk &Things, Grimsby. – JW
This is a Hybrid HDR image made by using a conventional three-image, bracketed-exposure HDR image and then using elements of the original images used to make the HDR to replace areas in the HDR that are less than ideal (IMHO) during the post processing stage. I consider this an evolution of a process I started to adopt shooting James Street North in Hamilton about three years ago.
The original image sequence was made using a well locked down, tripod-mounted Nikon D7100 fitted with a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E lense (fully manual), ISO100, Aperture priority mode, f/5.6, three auto-bracketed images spaced at EV+/-2 around a base shutter speed of 1/2 sec., focus done manually using Live View to obtain critical sharpness and see what the combo of 24 megapixels, low ISO and a good sharp lense can do. HDR processing was done using free, Open Source software, specifically Luminance/Qtpfsgui and the Fattal model to emphasize colour over texture and retain optimum sharpness and detail. PP in GIMP (free Open Source software): loaded the HDR image as one layer did tone curve adjustment to get a better tonality to resemble what I remember the original scene looking like, colour correction to help improve the exterior green cast a bit, select the entire area above the green brick area and perform additional tone curve adjustment to bring out the otherwise dark area, load the EV-2 original as a layer below the HDR working layer and then adjust the tone curve to get a better looking interior disregarding the impact on the rest of the image, use a large soft-edged eraser tool to remove the window areas from the HDR revealing the better interior from below, create new working layer from visible result, load the EV+0 original layer below the working layer and use a large soft-edged eraser tool to remove the car hood highlight areas revealing better detail from the EV+0 layer, create new working layer from visible result, load EV+2 original as a layer below the working layer and use a soft-edged eraser tool to remove the car interior and driver from the working layer to reveal the better areas from the EV+2 layer, similarly remove the car tires , the badges and license plate, create new working layer from visible result, minor saturation boost, sharpen, add fine black and white frame, add bar and text on left, scale to 1800 wide for posting.
Date Taken: 2013-09-18
Luminance HDR 2.3.0 tonemapping parameters:
Color Saturation: 1
Noise Reduction: 0
Tagged: , variety store , Milk & Things , Grimsby , night , HDR , Luminance , Qtpfsgui , GIMP , Nikon , D7100 , Nikon 50mm f/1.8 Series E