Santa Ana, CA – Old Orange County Courthouse (HDR)

Santa Ana Courthouse (HDR)
The past week in SoCal it was nearly cloudy and rainy everyday. Very strange. I tried to get out and HDR as much as possible. I woke up early Sunday and the clouds were just about to pass through. I took the short drive to Santa Ana to see the Old Courthouse for the first time before the sun came out. A cool building…brick is perfect for HDR. The front view is nice…but unfortunately there is this BIG flagpole right in the middle. Not good for photos…it would look like a line as the flag is outta the wide angle shot. Whats a photog to do? Grab an angle pic! I’m just getting started HDR’ing around Orange County. Still have LA and San Diego to add to the list as well! Some cool spots coming in future posts!!

Somerville, NJ – Somerset County Courthouse (HDR)


From near my home town…here is a cool HDR of the Somerset County Courthouse located in Somerville, NJ. It was a perfect nite for HDR’ing. Fast moving cloudy skies and a cool subject at sunset with the lights just turning on. Somerville is a great little town in central NJ. We all have those hometowns where you can find all the favorite foods we grew up with. I do enjoy going back and see my family and of course, grab a pie of my favorite Jersey pizza!!

With this shot I used my Nikon 12-24 wide angle lens. Subjects like this are always tough with a wide angle. How many times have you taken a shot and looked at the leading lines and they seem to go in all directions! Tough processing! This may be due to topography variances or the architecture itself, but some may be caused by the lens you are using. I probably take 90% of my landscape shots using my wide angle lens. When shooting architecture, barrel distortion may be an issue…especially when getting closer to the subject. Barrel distortion is when the straight lines in the shot seem to bow outward. Luckily the shot above was not too bad…but when needed use your “lens correction” filter in Photoshop. Using a longer telephoto lens will help, but I can’t pass up shooting at a FL in the range of 12-20mm!

Talke Photography Settings:
Lens: Nikon 12-14 f/4.0
Setting: Aperture Mode
Focal Length: 12.0 mm
ISO: 200
Exposure: HDR 7 Exposures (+3 to -3)
Aperture: f/22
Gear: Tripod
Post Process: Adobe CS5, HDR Efex Pro, , OnOne Software Photo Tools 2.6