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I've been down in London over the last couple of days, validating a degree at UEL, so have been raiding my archive of shots I took in Germany last month.

This one was taken in the cellars of the Van Volxem winery and is a ‘true’ HDR, by which I mean it's constructed from four separate RAW files rather than one (as with this shot) – ranging from a 16 second exposure to a 3 minute one. The reason the exposure times are so long is that I shot at f/16 to get the star-shaped refraction from the lights.

Oh, and I think this one looks better with the black theme.

focal length
shutter speed
shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
image quality
RAW converter
around 10.30am on 3/10/07
Canon 1Ds Mark II
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
16s to 3 minutes
C1 Pro
minor perspective correction
3x2 + HDR + travel [Wiltingen, Germany] + commissions
comment by m at 11:25 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2007

Wish my archives were as full

comment by csj at 11:29 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2007

That is a tonal giant, perfectly executed, I wish I'd taken it....fantastic....CJ

comment by Thomas Nicolai Hansen at 11:58 PM (GMT) on 23 November, 2007

Wow - just great.


comment by PhilB at 12:11 AM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

I'm not normally a huge fan of HDR shots, but this one is processed to perfection. Excellent work!

comment by minhternet at 01:22 AM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

The 16-35mm f2.8 MKII has so many blades it does generate some beautiful diffraction stopped down. Did this myself in this shot:
Not quite as evocative as yours tho, and only one exposure.

comment by lisa at 06:38 AM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

amazing HDR work here. I'm a fan of this one.

comment by Jennifer at 08:07 AM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

I think I'm ill........ another HDR that I dig ....... what's happening?! Validating a degree - sounds intriguing!

comment by miChou at 09:32 AM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

wow. truly amazing :)

comment by Rose at 11:01 AM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

It's perfect, really! I love these tones... and it indeed looks better on black :)

comment by Urbanite at 01:36 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

That's wonderful, I keep meaning to have a go at an HDR photo.

comment by Si Goodchild at 03:04 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

Agree with all the above. Nice one, Dave.

comment by jbo_bristol at 05:07 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

As someone said, a 'tonal giant'. Absolutely great. Big fan of your stuff, keep up the great work.

comment by Bryan K. at 06:00 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

Beautiful shot, Dave! I feel like I can smell it! Would you ever mind posting one or some of your HDR shots at the post-Photomatix but pre-Photoshop stage? I recently acquired Photomatix Pro and so far I've been a little baffled by the results as I try to get used to the controls. To my surprise, I've had more luck with pseudo-HDR experiments than with true HDR composites. I'm curious how yours look after the tone mapping stage, but prior to your Photoshop magic. Thanks!

comment by djn1 at 09:08 PM (GMT) on 24 November, 2007

Thanks all.

Bryan: ok, next time I put one up I'll post the tone-mapped version too.

comment by Tom K. at 05:21 AM (GMT) on 25 November, 2007

Museum Worthy.

comment by mikey at 11:47 AM (GMT) on 25 November, 2007

Dave, I'm considering UEL as one of my choices to study Graphics, whats your opinion on the college?

comment by njr at 08:11 AM (GMT) on 26 November, 2007

Wow, I've just come to this a couple of days late. This is a fantastic shot. Like some of the others, I've not always been convinced about the merits of HDR, but this could turn me into a believer.

comment by Michael Behlen at 08:20 AM (GMT) on 27 November, 2007

Stunning. Lovely conversion.

comment by alexandru savu at 07:43 PM (GMT) on 29 November, 2007

Just awesome.

comment by Jared A. Wolf at 02:41 PM (GMT) on 30 November, 2007

Beautiful image! I love the tonal range and the starbursts from the lights. Probably the most well-done HDR I've seen. Kudos!

comment by Digital Photo Ted at 12:31 PM (GMT) on 7 December, 2007

I have a love and hate relationship with your photos. Some I love and some I hate. This one is simply superb. Bravo!