Not to Disappoint…An HDR Castle

Hope you were not expecting another castle. 🙂  I did a few HDR exposure sets while I was doing the summer shoot of Crouse College at Syracuse University last weekend.  These two came out particularly well.  The Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ultra wide angle lens will distort if angled up or down.  I used that knowledge for creative affect.

John Crouse Memorial College for Women built in 1889 on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, New York.

John Crouse Memorial College for Women built in 1889 on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, New York. Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16, f/16, ISO 200, 16mm focal length. HDR Image processed in Photomatix 3.0 Plugin for Aperture 3.

Like they say, when living in Syracuse, you have to be prepared for the weather to change every fifteen minutes.  I took this photo twenty minutes after the one above. Notice how the light changes from warm and friendly to cool and foreboding.

Gloomy Crouse College on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, New York.

Gloomy Crouse College on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, New York. Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16, f/16, ISO 200, 16mm focal length, tripod. HDR Image processed in Photomatix 3.0 Plugin for Aperture 3.

Getting more and more comfortable with the Photomatix Plugin for Aperture 3.0.

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15 Responses to Not to Disappoint…An HDR Castle

  1. Gerry says:

    I’m having fun. Are you having fun? ‘Course you are. More scenes for the kids’ book.

    I am such a contrarian. I agree that the light in the first one is more friendly–but that looming presence is Not Friendly, in spite of the warm tones of the stone. In the second, the Castle seems like a possible refuge from the storm that is tossing the trees. It looks sturdy, reliable.

    Welcome to the imagination of the neighborhood writer. Maybe we should name the book Rorschach Castle. Or Roar Shock Castle, depending.

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  2. Nye says:

    Very nice affect Scott, I avoided shooting in slow shutter speed because of the blurry result that I get, and now I see that with a steady tripod it does look real nice. I absolutely loved the texture of the clouds in the background.

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  3. Love your perspective of the subject. HDR app is great too.:)

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  4. montucky says:

    I love the changes due to light conditions. A great illustration! I like the looks of both moods.

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  5. Rose says:

    Scott you are very talented. I love the angled up effect. Both shots are great though.

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  6. milkayphoto says:

    These are really cool! For me, the first one is very academic-looking – perfect for the cover of a student guide. The second is more fanciful…like witches and warlocks reside there.

    Okay, I guess I am late to the party…what book??

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  7. This is just beyond gorgeous. What great images. Wow.

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  8. I really like the first one. On this monitor, the greens look a little too green in the second. Will have to look at it at home.

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