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Title • steaming hot

This is another HDR (High Dynamic Range) shot, though this one was constructed from three versions of the same original: one converted from the RAW file with a standard exposure, another 1.2 stops over, and the final one 1.2 stops under. I did expect that this would mean that the tone-mapped image would end up rather noisy, especially since this was shot at ISO 400, but it seems to have turned out ok. What I especially like about this one is the way that the tone-mapping has increased the contrast in the sand/snow area of the shot and suspect that this would be very difficult to achieve with standard post-processing.

As for the shot itself: it was taken under Blackpool's Central Pier during the heavy snow we had over the weekend.

And thanks for all the kind words yesterday. I still feel like crap (and am really glad I have a few shots in hand as I don't think I'm up to taking any photographs at the moment) but Finley is a lot better. He's not exactly his usual cheery little self, but he's considerably improved on yesterday.

Oh, and unlike yesterday's effort, this one does have the wife's seal of approval ;-)

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shooting mode
exposure bias
metering mode
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RAW converter
8.51am on 12/3/06
Canon 20D
EF 17-40 f/4L USM
17mm (27mm equiv.)
aperture priority
C1 Pro
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