I ventured down to Santa Monica pier on the last evening of my visit to Los Angeles hoping to photograph the ferris wheel, but was not happy with the lights on the wheel nor the amount of activity. It was Monday evening, cool and slow at the pier. I decided to move on and practice some HDR shots. These are definitely in the more extreme range for what I would typically produce, but thought it worked well with the subject matter.
I’m including a screen shoot of the settings I used in Photomatix as a starting point and in all images I was using 3 stop brackets. Anyone doing HDR must recognize that Photomatix is truly just a starting point and that all the finishing work must occur in Photoshop or Lightroom, etc. (click on image to see larger view). In Photoshop, I did all color work using Lab Mode and did selective sharpening using a High Pass Filter at amount = 20 and layer set to soft light blending mode.
Here’s the set of finished images. Hope you enjoy.