...or, "How to stop worrying about lenses and concentrate on pictures"
Just spend a few days up in the Alabama Hills and Lake Sabrina, in the Eastern Sierra, for what was supposed to be a weekend of summer monsoon conditions.
Friday night: yup. The rest of the time? Newp.
Anyhow, after having finally gotten the full suite of NIK products, including the latest, greatest HDR Efex Pro 2, I thought I'd finally try my hand at exposure blending, but somewhat short of what is commonly done as HDR. I used it to blend up to 5 exposures together, but without any other adjustments in HDR Efex. Turns out that three worked better than five under these conditions, and I also did some minor tweaking in Viveza, Color Efex Pro 4 and LR 4.1.2
I've been lusting for the Panny 25mm for some time now, but having seem the potential that's there for landscape/architecture shots with this type of technique, I was reminded how important digital processing is, since this is, after all, digital photography. Do I still want the 25mm? Sure. Am I now going to rush out and replace my 20mm with one?
Not until I come up for air from drowning myself in learning the almost limitless depths of digital PP with these new tools.
Only two shots here, since we just got home last night, but this gives you an idea of what that little 20mm can do.
Pre-Sunset, Mt. Williamson
, on Flickr
The Road East, Alabama Hills
, on Flickr