Seeing Griffith at Night in HDR

Griffith Obelisk

Griffith Obelisk

While I sometimes get in just a bit over my head after a project snowballs bigger than I expected or sometimes I just procrastinate, this time it may be a mix of the two. I’ve got a lot going on photographically at the moment (sweet!) and I’m working hard to make sure that something new comes together. What am I getting at here? A recent trip to meet and hang out with my girlfriend’s family took me to SoCal and I had planned this grand, multiple image dialogue that would chronicle all of my adventures in and around LA. As with any trip that I’m on, my camera was always by my side and I shot a butt load of images that needed to be processed.

Not everything that I shoot is HDR, but those images can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 15 hours to produce in post processing time and with the bundle of shots that I brought back, things started to stack up. So, where’s that big post? “Not gonna happen, Joe,” I told myself.

Well, here’s what you get instead! For the short week and half that I’ve been running this image on my desktop here at the home office, I’ve been itching to share it with the world. For those of you that don’t recognize it from movies and TV, this HDR is of Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, CA. After a full day of roaming LA and Hollywood, we made it up there about a half hour before closing and I was forced to choose between seeing the wonderment inside or shooting some pics. I chose the latter, as you can see, and will have to return again soon to see all the cool stuff inside. Since the small size that is shown on the blog doesn’t really do it justice, you can click on the image above to take you to a larger lightbox image in the gallery.

My many thanks go out to Laura’s uncle Vincent and Paul for taking us up to this spot and countless others around LA, Hollywood and Ventura County. There are more one-pic-posts coming soon with the rest of the images from this trip, so stay tuned…

HDR Info: Like any night HDR’s that I do, this was shot on a tripod using a remote release. This image was shot through my Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens at the very wide 10mm. The three exposures (0, -2, +2) for this image were shot on my Canon 40D for a base exposure of 2 seconds @ f4.0 with ISO 100. Those three exposures were slammed together in Photomatix Pro and then further processed in Photoshop CS4.

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