Bells – Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
Bells – Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple Street, Downtown Los Angeles, CA, USA
32-bit HDR image, Nikon D3 DSLR, AF Zoom-Nikkor 80-200 mm f/2.8D ED (focal length: 125 mm), Nikon MC-20 electronic shutter release, exposure: f/16, 1/160 sec., ISO 200, exposure index: -1, mode: Aperture Priority, tripod: Manfrotto 3221 with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head, bike: white GT Avalanche 2.0.
Bells was taken in NEF-RAW 14-bit file format, 9 frames, one f-stop apart (A sturdy tripod and static subject are essential for success). The mirror was locked up for each frame to eliminate camera shake caused by the mirror flying up each time the shutter is released. After opening the RAW files in Adobe Bridge CS5, six of them were placed in a stack and then merged to HDR Pro. Saturation and vibrance were added in HDR Pro and sharpening was added in Photoshop CS5 employing Photokit Sharpener plug-in. The affect of all this can really only be seen by viewing the high resolution PSD master file on a good graphics monitor, but clicking on “view larger image” will get you halfway there.