Brussels, Belgium – Harley-Davidson – HDR

Brussels Harley HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR, HDR in Photomatix

Here is a cool shot from Brussels.  When I walked down to the Grand Place during the day that Saturday from my hotel (20 minute walk).  I passed this Harely parked next to a restaurant.  Perfectly positioned with the buildings in the background.   They are the Palace of Congress.  I had always wanted to take a Harley shot as an HDR.  Any chrome and shiny parts would reflect nicely!  I had my chance and kneeled down and waited for people to pass by.  I took this hand held with 5 exposures and post processed in Photomatix. 

Cars and bikes always look great in the HDR format.  After seeing this shot…I’d like to try more!   After I took it and looked at it on my camrera screen I noticed the lamp post in the rear view mirror.  Not planned and a nice added effect!   As they say on the Harley website….Let Freedom Rumble! !

Frottmaning, Germany – Train Station – HDR

Frottmaning Station HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

Here is the train station (bahnhof) for Frottmaning, Germany.  When you visit Allianz Stadium (per my last post)…this is your stop.  When I arrived…I stopped and looked around and thought…great place for an HDR.  Most stations near Munich are not so exciting.  This one had some flair!   Frottmaning is about 20 minutes from Marienplatz on the S-Bahn – U6 Train.  This past trip was the first time I really had a chance to explore Munich.  Such a great city!  I’d say my favorite in Germany. 

I took my photos of Allianz Arena and made the 10 minute walk back to the station.  It was about 10 PM and the station was quiet.  I set up my tripod and took this with 5 exposures and a cable release.   I hear the arena lights up in different colors for certain events…so maybe one day I will be back to Frottmaning!  

If you are visiting Germany…some top places to visit are:  1. Munich  2. Berlin 3. Cologne 4. Nurnberg  5. Frankfurt.  During my stay in Munich I looked into visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle …unfortunately, just a bit too far – about 2 hours one way.  I hear you can catch a bus tour from Munich or take the train to Fussen.  Hopefully one day I will get there.  It was featured in such movies as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Great Escape.  Lots to see in Munich…near and far!  I look forward to visiting again!

Munich, Germany – Allianz Arena – HDR

Allianz Arena HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

Here is an HDR of the Allianz Arena in Munich. The building is very stylish!    This was the same nite I went to the Olympic Park…afterwards I took a train over to take these shots.  It pretty close from Marienplatz…about 20 minutes north.  The sun was setting and it was quiet.  A few other people were there taking photos.  As there were no events going on…you could not get too close.  When it gets dark out…the arena lights up white.  I liked the idea of this not being illuminated and the sun setting in the background.  The HDR’ing creates a bit of a halo over the arena….kind of looks like a giant UFO has landed!  ET phone home!

Munich, Germany – Olympic Park – IR (Infrared)

Munich Olympic Park - IR

NIKON D70S (Modified IR by LifePixel), Nikon 18-70

I had a free evening to enjoy Munich and planned to visit the Olympic Park.  The objective was the soccer field for some HDR’s.  I arrived at 7 PM and unfortunately the gates were closed to the soccer stadium.  Looks like a great spot for and HDR…one day I will get back.  So then I decided to walk around the park and enjoy the scenery. 

In the Olympic Park they have a concert hall, swimming hall, tennis courts, great internal roads (for bike riding, roller blading, jogging, etc…)  It was a beautiful nite, so there were lots of people having a great time.  There are also a few lakes and as I walked by this one, the sun was very bright and the reflections on the water were wonderful!  I figured a good time for an IR shot! 

I took this shot and post processed in Photoshop.  I played around with the hues and liked the sky in red.  A nice contrast to the white trees.  I really enjoy experimenting different shots with my IR camera….but standard lake photos with trees are a must!!!  Enjoy!

London, England – Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square Nite

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

Trafalgar Square is  geat meeting point in London.  Down the street you can view Big Ben and in other directions are Buckingham Palace and Picadilly Circus….all within a 10 minute walk!    And being from Texas…right next to Trafalgar is a restuarant called Texas Embassy!  Its Tex-Mex style and the food is reasonably priced and very good!    Also close to Trafalgar are a few good souvenier shops that I visit each time I am in London.

I took this shot around 11 PM when the square was quiet.  I used a longer expsoure to capture the water in motion.  It wonderful to see the fountains illuminated with different colors.  They switch multiple times through the nite.   Enjoy!

Munich, Germany – Neues Rathaus – HDR

Munich - Rathaus HDR

NIKON D300, Nikon 12-24, HDR in Photomatix

The Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) is located at Marienplatz in Munich, Germany.  It hosts the city government including the city council, offices of the mayors and part of the administration.  It was built bewtween 1868 and 1907.  1874 was the last usage for the old town hall.  The basement of the New Town Hall belongs to a restuarant called the Ratskeller. 

Munich is one of my favorite cities in Germany.  The people, acrhitecture and the train systems to get around locally are wonderful!   I have spent many an evening in front of this New Town Hall eating at the outdoor restaurant seating overlooking this beauiful building….and of course having a nice cold German beer! 

I took this shot at a great time for HDR….the blue hour!   When the builings are lit up at nite, the sun goes down and the sky is a nice royal blue.  A nice contrast for any photo…especially HDR’s!!   I took this with my usual 5 exposures, tripod, cable release….processed in Photomatix.  Auf Wiedersehen!!

London, England

Big Ben Underground Color Mix

NIKON D300, Nikon 18-200 VR

Here is a classic London shot that I saw no one taking.  This Underground sign is right across the street from Big Ben.  Its tough angle though.  There is an overhang to deal with from behind.  It looks like its fake and it was cut and pasted….but its a real shot!! 

I always like to take these Underground signs keep them in color and process the the background in black & white in Photoshop.  Adds a nice effect.   I still have tons of pics to process…I tried this also in an HDR…but this version was better.  Cheers!