HDR of The Marriott Marquis in Miami and then Meet the Artist – RC Concepcion

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” – Henry Ford

As soon as I cracked the door to my room, I knew that I had to take a few minutes to capture some shots.

What a view!

I had a load in that was about to happen in a matter of minutes, so I worked quickly. The bright mid day light streaming in from the Miami afternoon sun was of course something I had to work around, so I quickly set up the tripod and began exploring the room for cool angles to capture the detail of the freshly made room. When I get into these rapid fire capture sessions, I often bracket WAY more than I need to , just as a safety precaution. 9 stops is most likely where I was for this series.

I have been processing these kinda shots with less of a heavy hand when tone mapping them. It feels better. After all, this is not a grungy environment that an over processed look would work on. Sure you can, but why.

Ill share a couple little tips from this image on my next video so stay tuned for that.

And yes, the shot on the TV is one of mine. I haven’t shared it here yet, but I will. Kind of a sneak peak for now 🙂 I’ll share that with ya too on the next video 🙂

Always learning……..

The Marriott Marquis in Miami

Speaking of learning, I’d like to share with you another amazing teacher this week. In fact, he has a new book out this week on HDR  (one of our favorite topics here!)


RC has been one of those “go to” guys for me for a while now. When researching how to publish this blog, how to get started with wordpress, what photo storage direction to take (I still need to do a video on that!), he has always been THE guy I turned to first for guidance.

I must say though, I was pretty humbled to see my name mentioned in the forward to the latest book. RC, if you happen to see this, that mention brought a HUGE smile to my face.

Thanks and keep sharing your incredible gift 🙂

In case you are interested, his book is right here on Amazon.

The HDR Book: Unlocking the Pros’ Hottest Post-Processing Techniques (2nd Edition)

I highly recommend it!

Here is a quick video from RC on one of his many shows with Kelby. Again, a great teacher don’t ya think? I just started using this focus technique myself actually. Great tip RC 🙂

Or watch the video here!


His blog and site



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  • Pete Halewood - April 27, 2014 - 10:51 pm

    Hi Mike,

    Absolutely wonderful image! The realistic look really suits this scene, but you still get the attractive HDR look. I am just starting in HDR interior design photography myself, and finding balancing the outside window scene, with the interior aspects very challenging, so I am looking forward to your next video!

    Keep up the great work,

    Pete HalewoodReplyCancel

    • admin - April 28, 2014 - 8:21 pm

      Thanks Pete! Glad you like the tips and insight into the images 🙂ReplyCancel

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