I’m totally blown away by the results of last Thursday nights print competition at PPGBA and I’m super honored to have done as well as I did. This hand-held HDR image scored an 85 in print competition and, since it was the highest score of the night, won print of the month. The judges that night were the presenters, Bert and Cindy Behnke, and Hanson Fong.
I captured this image during a recent wedding that I had shot at St Domenic’s Catholic Church in San Francisco. Like many other HDR images that I put together, this was shot hand-held but because of the low amount of available light during the ceremony I had to shoot at ISO2000 in order to get an acceptable shutter speed. In my experience, high ISO HDR shooting is a no-no, but thanks to the 5D MkII’s excellent low noise floor it cleaned up pretty well.
The last week or so has been super busy and more images are coming down the pipe. Stay tuned…
HDR Info: Three images shot hand-held with a Canon 5D MkII through a Sigma 15-30mm lens at an ultra-wide 15mm. Base exposure was f3.5/ISO2000 @ 1/40th with the brackets spread at 0, -2, +2. The three images were combined in Photomatix Pro, cleaned up with layered exposure blending and straightened in Photoshop CS4, and final adjustments were made in Lightroom 3.
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