A walk past the local Shrine

This was more of a snapshot than a planned photo. I was walking past this local Shrine on my way to take some photos of the many cafes in Daikanyama, when my mind starting wondering what the brickwork and wood would look like with a bit of HDR and tone mapping.

I took this shot without a tripod, but since it was in the middle of the day there was plenty of light which meant the shutter didn’t need to stay open for too long. You can see a nice patch of blue sky above the Shrine which shows what a nice day it was. The Shrine itself was surrounded by buildings which gave it a coming out of the shadows into light feeling.

I had already set the camera to take 5 exposures in preparation for the cafes later, so the standard range of -2 -1 0 +1 +2 came out. I took these as RAW files rather than have the camera process JPEGs on the spot. I am not sure yet whether there is a great advantage here.

A few things I would like to change if I went back to take this shot again. The brickwork at the front of the Shrine was my reason for wanting to take the shot in the first place. This has not come out clearly, mainly due to the lens. I used a 24-120mm Nikkor lens down towards the 24mm end, but the corners of the image have been blurred away.

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