Porto, Portugal – Night in Porto

Porto at night is beautiful!!  I love this little old city.  This day I walked around for hours taking HDR’s and as the darkness arrived, I wanted to take a standard night shot from the mountain side.   The D300 can take decent night shots…but I wish I had a D3 or better for low light situations…ah to dream one day!    As the sun was setting I was walking up these roads towards to the top of the hill. Row houses everywhere.  Luckily there was a small walkway near the edge to catch a river/city view.  From the walkway you can take steps lower each level to more houses.  So I know I was not in great safe territory.   A dude with a camera bag and tripod in the dark with some odd people walking around…any photographer has been there.  So you have to stand confidently and prepare to use your tripod as a weapon if necessary!   I snapped away while keeping my third eye on my surroundings.  I grabbed my shots and made it out safely and called it a day!    The shot was worth the worries!  I look forward to heading back to Porto again this year…this time it will just be shots of wineries!!  Much safer!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 56.0mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Exposure:  1 second
  • Aperture:  f/4.8
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4
  • NEWS: NIK Software – HDR Efex Pro

    Yesterday I attended the NIK Software – HDR Efex Pro Webinar (Thanks for the tip Horace!). It was about 40 minutes and was used to showcase the upcoming NIK HDR Software.  A screen capture is above.  Tony Sweet processed 3 photos using HDR Efex Pro (a test version).  The final software version is due out later this summer (July).   Price not decided yet.   I must admit it will be tough to take me away from Photomatix….no other software has come close.  I currently use all the NIK Software.   HDR Efex Pro follows the same usage techniques as all the other great NIK products.  Along the left side you can use presets for quick versions of your HDR.  Overall it looked very interesting.   The one note Tony stated was that HDR Efex Pro does a better job on any halos than other software.  Hmmmm.  I will surely demo it when it comes out.  Will it top Photomatix….yet to be seen.  Will advise as soon as I try it!!