HDR photograph of Rathlin Island taken by Alex Leonard

Photo Description

My first proper HDR composition, in black and white. This shot showing Rathlin Island in its entirety is taken from the cliffs off Clare Road, just a little bit west of Ballycastle.

The skies were impressive, and my recent present of a “Gorilla Pod” tripod was whisked out of the bag and brought to use for a bracketed photograph whilst nestled in the grass at the top of the cliff. With the aperture as narrow as possible (f/22), I took three shots at 1/4, 1/15, and 1/60 shutter speeds.

After some attempts with processing the HDR in Photoshop, I gave in and tested HDR Efex Pro by Nik Software. I had done some previous tests with Photomatix but wasn’t so happy with the results. HDR Efex Pro seems to offer better controls and I think I might be using it a good bit more.

I tend to prefer the more natural end of the HDR spectrum and hopefully I haven’t pushed this photo too much. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Photo Data

Date Taken Creation date not available
Camera Canon EOS 550D
Focal Length 17mm
Aperture f/22
ISO 100
Shutter Speed Shutter speed not available