© 2011 Jamie Thole

St. Augustine Lighthouse

I decided to drive down to St. Augustine today and snap a few photos of the lighthouse.

It was late in the afternoon, so the sun was behind the lighthouse from my point of view. This made it difficult for me to get the lighthouse properly exposed without blowing out the sky. I decided this might be the perfect opportunity to try some HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography.

So, I set my camera to automatically bracket my exposures, and went to town taking photos.

The image below (and above) is comprised of three exposures (-2ev, 0ev, +2ev) and merged together using the new HDR Pro feature in Photoshop CS5. After merging the images together I saved the result as a 16bit TIFF and did my final processing in Camera RAW.

All in all, I’m very pleased with the results and excited to experiment with more HDR photography in the future.

St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine Lighthouse - 3 Exposure HDR

St. Augustine Lighthouse - Single Exposure

St. Augustine Lighthouse - Single Exposure

Although I like the HDR image just the way it was, I thought I’d see how it’d look desaturated a bit.

Here’s the result of running the image through PhotoTools 2.6, using the built-in “Mocha Java” preset.

St. Augustine Lighthouse - 3 Exposure HDR with Filters Applied

St. Augustine Lighthouse - 3 Exposure HDR with Filters Applied

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