Sometimes an HDR image can almost form in your mind before you take it. Other times, you can get surprised by the results of what might be expected to be a normal boring photo. On this occasion, I was actually expecting to get something nice back from the camera. The texture of the wooden jetty, mixed with the smooth blue sky gave me the sense that a gentle soothing photo was waiting to be exposed.
I was happy with the result here.
I had a few moments to spare when visiting Kyoto recently and decided to take the elevator ride up the 100 meter tall Kyoto Tower for a few sunset pictures. I didn’t have a tripod with me and a lot of the pictures are at ISO 3200 which is no good for HDR work. Here is one that came out without too much noise on it as the sun was heading down.
Underneath Tokyo Bay, linking Tokyo to the peninsula of Chiba, is the AquaLine. It is half tunnel and half low lying bridge. In the middle of the AquaLine where the transition from bridge to tunnel takes place is a large concrete car park and restaurant called Umi Hotaru.
From the photo you can see the concrete blocks from the end of the Umi Hotaru and on the horizon the Tokyo skyline. Everything in between is water and tunnel.
This was a set of 5 photos taken between -2 and +2 EV. The sky from the middle exposure photo is overlayed back on the HDR image. It was late in the afternoon when I took this and the concrete blocks are picking up quite a bit of reflection from the sun setting out to the left side of the photo.