Up in the sky – Hyper speed

Going somewhere? It is from Sydney. Sydney has a great skyline and you can do all kinds of wonderful stuff with it. I got inspired by something I saw, shooting straight into the air with a wide angle. It really does things to the sky scrapers. I then added a little speed.

This is a 4 shot HDR – the fifth was shaken. I sat on the ground and shot straight into the air between some wooden pillars. I then did a standard HDR from 4 out of 5 shots, using Photomatix Pro.

I then imported the HDR and the 4 shots into Photoshop as layers, aligned the layers (because it was hand held). I blended a little, but not much. I then merged all layers to one layer. Duplicated that and used the filter radial blur, with a small setting, blended that in closest to the middle of the image and then I did another duplicate, and did another radial blur with more effect. That I blended in all around the edge. That made the strong effect of speed up into the air.

At last I did an additional Topas Adjust just to make it pop a little more, but I guess I could have done that with curves and vibrance too.

You can read about blending layers in my HDR tutorial here. Or the complete HDR tutorial here.

Gods light strikes building

Gods light strikes buildingThis I took in Copenhagen. I had to kill half an hour in the middle of the day, and sat down by this lake in the middle of the city. I put on a 10 stop filter and a polarizer and started playing around with it. The fountains turns around ever so slowly, but with a 10 stop filter it starts doing funny things. This is an HDR made from 5 shots. My 10 stop filter has a pretty bad colorcast, so I have had to work a lot on the colors.
BTW: Never screw two filters together – these are still stuck, and I have had to buy a new 10 stop filter.