Daily Archives: Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

HDR – Outer Banks Lighthouses +1

I’m adding to my HDR collection of “just a bit different” views of the lighthouses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina with this sample from Cape Hatteras. My lens of choice for this shot was a 20-35mm zoom which is obviously very flare prone when pointed at the sun. All those elements seem to enjoy refracting and reflecting. This one seems to have an artistic flare to it. Pun intended!

I used seven exposures, ev -3 to +3, to get as much detail as possible. Very little was needed in Nik HDR Efex Pro to produce this final image. And the only thing needed in Adobe Photoshop was just a little dust spotting. Yes, my sensor was dirty that day from lots of lens changes. Love that Clone Stamp tool.

Equipment used: Nikon D700 with 28-70mm f/2.8 lens set to f/22, ISO 800. Manfrotto 190XPROB with 486RC2 ball head.

I’ve included one of my Bodie Island Lighthouse shots from a while back. Bodie is not quite as picturesque but still worth visiting if you ever happen to find yourself on the Outer Banks.

I’ll be adding to this series as I have the opportunities to visit the lighthouses. Only a few more to go!

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