Palacio de Cristal, Retiro Park, Madrid

I was poking around on Twitter (me here) recently, and found a link to Stuck in Customs, which has some amazing HDR photos on… which rekindled my interest in photography. Wonderful how the web can do that. Above is a first new HDR experiment (bigger here). Great fun!

11 thoughts on “Palacio de Cristal, Retiro Park, Madrid

  1. luke

    Nice work, Ben. See you got that 10-22mm Canon lens out for this one. I’m still hooked on mine.
    I stopped with the HDR since it shows too much information, I find it hard to lead the viewer into the compostion. With a shallow depth of field and shadowy areas, it’s much easier to tighten up the compostion. However, you’ve restoked my interest in HDR, so I might give it another go. Btw, CS5 is coming out april 10th so time to upgrade yet again!

  2. Frank

    Excuse my ignorance: but why do all the trees slant inwards?

    Because he hasn’t got the knack of correcting for converging verticals. One of the downsides of w/A lenses, but easily corrected in Photoshop. Can’t say I’m a big fan of HDR unless it is done really well, HDR images normally scream HDR, totally unreal colours, the best HDR images are the one’s you don’t know they are HDR.

  3. luke

    @Jules
    if you point the camera up (or down), rather than square on to an image with verticals, they will slant (converge). This is what happens when you look at them in this way without a camera, so it’s a realistic viewpoint. But in architectural photography verticals are normally manipulated to be straight (with a large format view camera, shift lens or digitally).

    So converging verticals are the most ‘natural’ way to produce an image but not always the most aesthetic. Of course some photographers choose to emphasise converging verticals for dramatic effect (like Ben).

  4. Ben Curtis Post author

    – Luke, thanks! I agree that HDR has to be handled carefully, and I expect that I will ignore it again for another 6 months now! I think the finest form of photography is often black and white, something I sometimes feel like sticking to entirely:

    Here’s what I mean, look at what you can do with no colour!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/spanishben/2746267174/in/set-72157606622228542

    As for CS5 – can’t keep up with the pace of their upgrades!!

    – Jules, it’s art man 😉 Actually, what Luke said is spot on. I like the effect.

  5. Parubin

    I love it. I dig the trippy atmosphere, it looks like you would stumble should you be one of the characters in the picture. The lisergic unreal colours increase that sensation too.

    Nice to see you posting back again.

  6. Geoff Harrison

    @Ben
    While you’re experimenting with multi-exposure photography, why not have a bash at creating panoramas with photo stitching software (which also incorprate HDR)? The results can be quite impressive and depending on how many photos you use to capture the scene, large enough to have printed at sizes of over a metre wide without any loss in quality. This is what revived my interest in photography a year or so ago while on holiday in Andalucia.

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